Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is one of the rare mega-celebs who actually uses Twitter to break news. He’ll candidly talk about upcoming projects, or share images from the set of his latest blockbuster. In that sense, he and fellow Fast & Furious star Vin Diesel are kindred social media spirits. If you aren’t following both men, you are missing out on several cinematic goodies.
Like the above Tweet, for example. 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." Which isn’t even close to being a word, but since it fits in the designeated 140 characters, I suppose we have to allow it.
Let the speculation fly! It’s only Jan. 1, but this is our first, juicy superhero-hype rumor to hit the Web this year. Johnson has been linked to DC Comics properties in the past. Back in 2012, He floated the idea that he could play Lobo in a standalone movie. That, naturally, led to the suggestion that Lobo could join The Justice League in a movie that doesn’t seem ready to happen any time soon. Sadly, the Lobo project fell on hard times, but does this Tweet suggest it’s back on track?
The news also means that The Rock cold be in the running for any number of potential DC heroes, as Warner looks to populate its DC Cinematic Universe in a structure that mirrors their rivals at Marvel. Way, way back in 2007, Johnson’s name was attached to the role of Black Adam in a Shazaam movie that hit the skids. Superman himself, Henry Cavill, also talked about S.T.A.R. Labs (in Man of Steel) hinting at the presence of Cyborg in the Batman-Superman franchise. Could you see The Rock as Cyborg in a future Zack Snyder film?
Either way, it sounds like massive plans are underway to bring The Rock into the DC fold… where he absolutely belongs. If DC wants to match Marvel in terms of star power, dropping The Rock into a franchise (with the potential of teaming him up down the line) is a brilliant move. He’s "Franchise Viagra," as we have argued. So tell us, if The Rock is going to play a DC hero (or villain), who should it be?
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