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CBMB: The Rock Wants All the Magic!

By Muuka Muyumba

It appears that we finally have confirmation, from the Rock, that Dwayne Johnson will take up the mantle of Black Adam versus Shazam in a stand-alone WB/DC movie. Johnson has long been vacillating between the roles, but has been clear that Shazam was going to be the next Justice League property set for development.

“Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot.” My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics pic.twitter.com/Qk55eNf3R7

— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 3, 2014

From DC Comics:

Power corrupts. It’s a trial many heroes have had to face. But no one exemplifies this more than Black Adam—a champion turned villain whose quest for dominance over all magic drives him to destroy anything that stands in his path.

Long ago, the council of wizards—powerful beings that held dominion over all magic in the world—chose the warrior Black Adam as their champion, granting him vast magical powers and abilities. However, that power only further skewed Adam’s already maligned moral compass, and rather than use his newfound gifts to help others, he used it to dominate them.

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Adam turned against the wizards and after a brutal battle was imprisoned for thousands of years. But now he is free once more, and his insatiable quest to conquer the world, to control all magic, continues. The only thing that stands in his way is Shazam!, the new champion of magic—and Black Adam will do anything in his power to destroy him and assert his position as the true ruler of the world.

Driven by a need to rule, incredibly arrogant and one of the most powerful beings on the planet, Black Adam lives by a simple creed: kneel at his feet or be crushed by his boot.

No word on when this movie is supposed to come out, but the first date in 2017 (following Justice League on August 5, 2016) is likely to be filled by the God-like superhero.  Here is the list of DC slated films:

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice – 03/25/16
Untitled DC Film – 8/05/16 (Justice League?)
Untitled DC Film – 6/23/17 (Shazam?)
Untitled DC Film – 11/17/17
Untitled DC Film – 3/23/18
Untitled DC Film – 7/27/18
Untitled DC Film – 4/05/19
Untitled DC Film – 6/14/19
Untitled DC Film – 4/03/20
Untitled DC Film – 6/19/20

Shazam will reportedly be a co-production of New Line and Warner Bros, according to Entertainment Weekly. EW sat down with New Line President Toby Emmerich, in the wake of the Rock’s announcement to discuss the hero and what to expect from the film. “[I]t feels to me like Shazam will have a tone unto itself,” Emmerich told the outlet. “It’s a DC comic, but it’s not a Justice League character, and it’s not a Marvel comic. The tone and the feeling of the movie will be different from the other range of comic book movies.”

Emmerich went on to clarify about the film’s tone, noting that the movie “will have a sense of fun and a sense of humor. But the stakes have to be real.”

He was also asked about Johnson’s role of Black Adam in the film, which he says is a “complex character.”

“The villain in superhero movies is often, I think, what makes the movie. And I thought Dwayne’s take on the character, and the way that he saw Black Adam, was really compelling and fun.”