Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is officially joining the world of DC Comics.
Following months of speculation, Johnson has officially confirmed that he will be joining the DC Comics’ world. In an interview with Total Films Magazine, Johnson confirmed his ties with DC Comics while dropping a few hints about which comic book character he will bring to life on the big screen:
“I will say this. There’s a character out there that we’re going to announce very soon that I’m going to play, and I’ll just say this: This character has the power of Superman, he can throw down. Just say the word. That’s all I’m going to say.”
For those unfamiliar with the characters, both characters are transformed into their super-powered forms by saying a magical word. For Shazam, the magical word is an acronym which gives the hero the wisdom of Soloman, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury.
Fawcett Comics first debuted Shazam in 1939, with the franchise becoming increasingly popular. With its likeliness to DC’s Superman, DC Comics sued Fawcett Comics for copyright infringement and the comic was quickly shut down. DC Comics later acquired the comic and re-launched the franchise in 2011.
Shazam tells the story of Billy Batson, a young boy who is turned into a super-powered adult when he says a magic word. Johnson, who was at one time attached to a Shazam project which was later shelf, would be the perfect actor to bring the character to the big screen. Johnson’s physicality will easily allow him to portray the super-powered alter ego of Billy Batson, and he has proven in a series of films that he possesses the comedic skills needed to play the character through the eyes of a young boy.
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