A couple of weeks ago it became official that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been cast in the upcoming “Shazam” film (read about it at ABC News.) This came as quite a surprise in that, first off, they’re going forward with a Shazam movie? Is this something the public has been clamoring for? The second shock is that Johnson, who now is, arguably, the biggest star in the DC Movie Universe stable, is not even playing the main character, but will instead be playing the villain in the movie, Black Adam. Let’s be thankful it’s not Mr. Mind.
I’m all for superhero films. I’m a lifelong comics fan from back in the silver-age, so I remember the days when comics were looked down on instead of looked to as source material for Hollywood’s next blockbuster movie. But I can’t say I was ever a big fan of Shazam, and with so many other awesome characters still untapped, Captain Marvel (AKA Shazam) seems to be a very haphazard choice for a company struggling desperately to keep up with the competition (i.e. Marvel Studios.)
The Rock has long been associated with DC’s Lobo character, and I still think he is perfect for that part. The popularity of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie has proven that the world is down with an awesome space opera, and DC’s “Main Man” could have been their cosmic savior, but … no … instead we’ll have Johnson playing Black Adam, one of the most obscure characters in the collective pop culture consciousness.
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