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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 (which will likely come later this week at San Diego Comic-Con), it now looks like the gig is in the bag: Dwayne Johnson is going to play Shazam in a live-action, big screen comic book movie.
When comparing the character of Shazam against the three criteria that Johnson set in place during his discussions with DC, it's pretty easy to see how it fits the mold perfectly. As the star explained to us earlier this year during an interview - months before the Tweet you see above was released - the character he was talking about with the comic book company had to be:
1) Extremely emotionally rich, with a lot of complex stuff going on
2) A superhero that has never been portrayed in a live-action movie before, and
3) "a badass motherfucker" on Superman level of power
As I noted back in June when the rumored DC slate of upcoming films was leaked online, all three of these points perfectly describe Shazam. In addition to being a child in the body of an adult superhero (adding a definite level of complexity), we've never seen the character brought to life on the big screen before, and has a laundry list of powers that include super strength/speed/courage, flight, invulnerability, and high intelligence.
What adds an interesting twist to this development is the fact that this isn't the first time that Dwayne Johnson has been attached to a Shazam movie... albeit last time he wasn't going to be playing the hero. Instead, he was going to play the character you see in the middle of the image above - Black Adam, Shazam's greatest foe. Obviously things have changed a great deal in the years since that version of the project was in the works, including Dwayne Johnson's profile as one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Now that he is an A-lister, he's no longer just a villain, but instead a full fledged superhero.
Warner Bros. will be hosting their San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday morning, and in addition to getting official confirmation of Johnson as Shazam, we expect to hear a lot more big announcements regarding the future of DC Comics on the big screen. We're on the ground here in Southern California covering the giant geek expo minute by minute, so be sure to come back and read all of our coverage of the huge surprises!