Dwayne Johnson has been set to play the antihero/villain Black Adam in the “Shazam” film for some time now, but the casting of the film’s titular hero, also known as Captain Marvel, remains an issue.
At last report, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema decided to split Shazam into two movies, one focusing on the hero and one on Black Adam, with both being a part of the DC Extended Universe.
However, we haven’t heard any serious names under consideration for the roles of either the boy Billy Batson or the adult superhero Shazam whom he transforms into.
Johnson, however, has been giving the idea thought and he tells We Got This Covered whom he’d like to see in the role, an actor who has previously been teased (and then denied) as being up for Green Lantern in the DCEU – that of Armie Hammer:
“I’m gonna throw one name out here and I wanna see how the fans are gonna react to this. A guy who I met, after I met him I was like, ‘Man that guy’s such a cool guy, he’s a lot bigger than I thought he would be.’
And when I walked away I remember telling our who I’ve worked with for a long time, Hiram Garcia – we both looked at each other and were like, ‘Possibly Shazam?’ I’m not even gonna tell you his name, I’m just gonna say Lone Ranger.
You could see that right? I don’t know if he’s interested, and by the way, the studio doesn’t even know that we’ve been having these conversations. I just remember meeting him and walking away going, ‘Man that guy would look great I bet as Shazam’—and by the way, he’s one of a handful [of names].”
Johnson, who has been doing press for the “Baywatch” film, has also spoken about a third “G.I. Joe” saying that he’d be happy to come back but if they proceed without him, that’s fine too.