Given how ubiquitous Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson seems to be on the Hollywood stage of late, it’s easy to forget that he’s also set to become part of the DC Extended Universe.
It’s been confirmed for some time that the wrestler-turned-actor will appear in future Warner Bros/DC movie ‘Shazam’ – although he will not take the title role of the magical superhero, who materialises when young boy Billy Batson utters the magic word ‘Shazam!’
Instead, Johnson will portray Black Adam, a dark anti-hero with powers equivalent to Shazam – and given these powers include flight, super-strength and super-speed, he can also give Superman a run for his money.
As such, Johnson has long hinted that he may well go toe-to-toe with Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel at some point – and now, both men have reminded fans that this is still on the cards.
On Boxing Day, Johnson took to Instagram to share an informal shot of himself with a guest at his home – none other than Henry Cavill.
The caption reads, “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Black Adam and Superman (@henrycavill). Today we drink like gentleman and come together as friends. We’re excited for what the future brings. #DangerousGentlemen #DCWorldsWillCollide #BlackSavagery #MyExfoliatedBaldHeadAndTattoos #LookHellaSexyInThisLighting”
We can probably disregard those last two hashtags, but #DCWorldsWillCollide seems a pretty clear confirmation that we can anticipate Black Adam and Superman meeting up – and almost certainly trading blows – in the not-too distant future.
Johnson also marked the occasion on Twitter, sharing fan art of what he might look like as Black Adam in the process:
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 27, 2016
The big question, of course, is just when Black Adam and Superman will meet. Cavill is set to return as Superman in November 2017’s ‘Justice League,’ but there have been no reports of Johnson being set to make his debut as Black Adam in that film – although it hardly seems outside the realm of possibility.
The ‘Shazam’ movie, meanwhile, is scheduled to hit screens in April 2019 – but Johnson remains the only cast member attached at present, with no word on who might be in line to play Shazam or Billy Batson. Nor does ‘Shazam’ have a director, although Bill Birch, Geoff Johns and Darren Lemke are known to have written the screenplay.
In any case, Johnson’s year ahead looks busy, with ‘Fast and Furious 8,’ ‘Baywatch’ and ‘Jumanji’ set to hit screens in 2017, and production due to commence on ‘Rampage’ and ‘San Andreas 2.’