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SHAZAM! (2019): Dwayne Johnson Eyed For DC Comics Film

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Dwayne Johnson to play Black Adam in Shazam! The Central Intelligence and Fast & Furious actor will portray the long-time opponent of the titular hero in the DC Comics movie adaptation.

According to project producer Dany Garcia, Johnson will also be involved “creatively” with the movie, indicating he will serve as a producer or in some other capacity as well. In addition, she confirmed that Shazam! will take place within the DC Film Universe, meaning that Johnson may have a chance to square off against Ben Affleck‘s Batman, Henry Cavill‘s Superman, or any number of other heroes:

Garcia said the “successes or failures” of other DC Comic-based films shouldn’t impact the production of “Shazam!” “We don’t feel fettered by, or constrained by, the successes or failures and challenges of the other projects. That was a key component to our participation — that we be able to control the tone and the voice, and do it the way we want to.”

Stressing that the film is indeed connected to the greater universe of DC Films, Garcia said, “It needs to be of the world,” adding, “You’ve got Justice League, Wonder Woman with a different director, so you’re going to see different points of view. I think by the time we land with [Shazam!] we’ll fit nicely within the world that’s been created, but not such a shorthand relationship. [It’ll be] enough that people say, ‘Oh, this is within the family,’ but the culture will be a little different.”

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