BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
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.