Dwayne Johnson has long been attached to play the DC Comics villain Black Adam in the “Shazam” movie. Despite the film’s long road to the screen, The Rock’s commitment to the project hasn’t wavered.
Johnson has also curiously always seemingly referred to Black Adam as a hero, despite the character notable for being a villain in DC mythology – one who has killed many and wiped one entire country off the map. Speaking as part of a Q&A for Youtube, Johnson explained how he came up with his interpretation:
“Yes, of course, Black Adam – in the mythology – is a villain. Or he can be considered an antihero. Or, to some, he’s a hero. To some who have a black heart, like me [chuckles].
Again, I love the backstory that he started off as a slave and he was held down. I think that kind of backstory – about a man who’s held down and he rises up out of that to become greater and then dealing with the conflict and pain of losing his family – it’s dark.
But it also adds to the gravity and adds to the weight of the story… And it means to me, uh, he’s a hero.”
Recently came word that Warners will develop a solo film about Black Adam first along with the “Shazam” film. Johnson would star in both.
Johnson is currently shooting the Stephen Merchant-directed real-life wrestling comedy/drama “Fighting With My Family” in Los Angeles and London. He stars alongside Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn and Nick Frost.