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Kevin Hart went down the buddy cop route earlier this year when he starred in the comedy Ride Along, and he's already set to do it again. This time, however, his partner is going to be Dwayne Johnson instead of Ice Cube, and instead of the Atlanta police he will be working with the CIA.
DC superheroes will be invading theaters from now until 2020, but not all of them may be connected to the DC Cinematic Universe. In Shazam’s case, he might be going at it solo.
In his time as a movie star, Dwayne Johnson has brought a special spark to a number of different brands, from G.I. Joe to Fast & Furious, earning him the affectionate industry nickname "Franchise Viagra." Now he's ready to bring his special brand of charisma to a new franchise, as signs points to him strapping on a pair of short red trunks to star in the upcoming Baywatch movie.
You’ve heard of Throwback Thursday, right? Well, Vin Diesel is attempting to trademark Toretto Tuesday, and he kicks it off with this exclusive image for Fast & Furious 7, as well as a tantalizing tease for the movie’s first trailer.
This week, Warner Bros. and DC Comics made a huge coup bringing in one of the world’s most popular actors. After many years of waiting for his chance, Dwayne Johnson is now attached to play Black Adam in a new Shazam film. While this is very exciting news for all of the comic book fans out there who have been spent years reading about the two characters, however, the truth is that they don’t exactly have the same kind of name recognition as some of DC's more popular heroes and villains.
We have spent months and months presuming that Dwayne Johnson has been prepping to play a superhero in the growing DC Cinematic Universe, with characters like Shazam, Cyborg and Green Lantern being rumored and suggested by professionals and fans alike, but now that presumption is being turned on its head. Instead of playing one of DC's great heroes, Johnson will instead be playing one the comic book company's great supervillains - or as The Rock puts it, "ant-heroes":
Dwayne Johnson has spent months and months teasing a deal that he has been working out with the folks over at Warner Bros. and DC Comics, and as time has passed he has gotten more and more specific in his hints. Most recently he Tweeted an image of Superman, Shazam and Black Adam, suggesting that he would be playing one of the parts - but he still wouldn't specify exactly what was in the works. That pattern has continued today.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island was a surprise hit in 2012, grossing $335 million worldwide. That was higher than the $241 million brought in by the Johnson-less Journey To The Center Of The Earth, which starred Brendan Fraser.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson recently took his brand of cooking to Reddit's famous AMA platform, and we have five pieces of knowledge he dropped among his many answers. Spoiler alert: he loves his fanny pack.
Well, this pretty much seems to settle it. Dwayne Johnson has been teasing a potential role as a DC Comics character going back to January of this year, and while everything he's been saying thus far has been largely a tease, this basically settles it. While we still can't call it 100% official until Warner Bros. confirms it with an announcement, it now looks like the gig is in the bag.
We're talking Shazam here, folks. Formerly Captain Marvel (yes, both Marvel and DC have characters named Captain Marvel, because comics), the hero Shazam is a small child named Billy Batson. When trouble brews, Batson looks to the sky and harnesses the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of (huh) Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury.
Hercules, believe it or not, will be a real test for The Rock. His most recent successes have been part of strong action ensembles. This time, he’s carrying the load on his impossibly broad shoulders.
The story follows an ex-Navy SEAL named Paul Janson who also used to belong to a clandestine U.S. government agency known as Consular Operations. While he has chosen to live a quiet life as a corporate security consultant, things begin to change when he is asked by a mysterious woman to help rescue a Nobel Peace Laureate who has been kidnapped by terrorists.
Due to the untimely death of star Paul Walker, James Wan's Fast & Furious 7 has had a long road through production. While the finished film was initially supposed to come out this summer, Walker's passing in November of last year forced the production to be delayed while the script could be rewritten. As a result, the blockbuster sequel is only starting to wind down its production now, as seen in the image above - taken from Dwayne Johnson's final day on set.
What's the latest on G.I. Joe 3? From the sound of it there are lots of shakeups behind the scenes, and some serious star power guaranteed.
But is it enough? The trailer doesn't seem to sell much else besides the presence of Johnson. For one, the conflict is still unclear, so it just seems like a bunch of interconnected, and not particularly exciting-looking action sequences.
San Andreas is a big earthquake disaster movie, and production on the film is scheduled to take place over the next few months down in Australia. Judging from this image, it would seem that at least one scene in the movie will have the star actually going down into a giant crevasse created by the aforementioned natural disaster.
Of course, we’ve seen many different versions of Hercules over the years, from the 1983 movie with Lou Ferrigno to the 90s television series starring Kevin Sorbo, so what makes this version so different? As part of the on-going CinemaCon expo, yesterday morning I was invited along with a small group of other journalists to sit down for a special roundtable discussion with Johnson to talk about his latest film.
Hollywood takes secrecy to a whole new level when it comes to comic book movies, with all developments regarding new superhero projects kept under incredibly tight security, but Dwayne Johnson has been a bit of a rule-breaker in that department.
Rock believes Lantern “can” whup Superman’s behind, but will he ever get the chance to? Saying he’d be a welcome addition to Warner’s fledgling Justice League family is such an understatement, I feel stupid for having bothered to type it out. Just make it happen, DC.
If this story gets confirmed, it could be the boost DC needs to catch up to (and possibly surpass) Marvel. The Rock in a DC superhero franchise? Massive.
As part of his semi-regular #RockTalk sessions – when Rock answers questions directed at him from fans – the action hero confirmed a “big meeting” with Warner Bros. for a DC Comics project in 2014. Here’s where things get vague. Rock notes, “We will partner up and create the cool bad assery.”
I'll be recapping the highs and lows of the movie business experienced over the past 12 months. 2013 has been a pretty fascinating time for film, full of reversals of fortune, dizzying successes and even some truly polarizing pictures. So let's look back and GIF out!
San Andreas will be directed by Brad Peyton, who teamed up with Johnson to earn Warner over $335 million worldwide with 2012’s Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, a film that opened in the February release graveyard. It stands to reason them teaming up on a summer tentpole could shake up all of the competition. At this point, according to BoxOfficeMojo, they’re only going head-to-head with DreamWorks Animation’s B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations.
This follows on the heels of a recent image of Rock’s character, Hobbs, standing in front of a demolished automobile, suggesting loads of automobile carnage on the set of the next Furious movie.