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Dwayne Johnson on Black Adam as an anti-hero and being in the DC Cinematic Universe

This week has been crazy for Spider-Man, Marvel and Sony, but we can’t forget about what DC is working on, especially with the live-action Shazam movie starring Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam. His character will be going up against Shazam, a kid who can turn into a superhero by shouting “Shazam.”

In an interview with Total Film (via Games Radar), Johnson talks about his role and what fans can expect.

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“I think Black Adam is going to grow into becoming an anti-hero,” Johnson said. “It’s all written within the spirit of respecting and paying homage to the comics. As we know, Black Adam started out as a slave. When he’s given the powers, he utilized them. Then in the wake of his powers, tragedy strikes, which turns his sentiment and tone in terms of psychology.”

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Some were afraid that since Shazam was going to be produced under New Line Cinema, we wouldn’t get a shared DC Cinematic Universe. However, that’s not the case, and we’ll probably be seeing Black Adam go up against Ben Affleck’s Batman or Henry Cavill’s Superman.

“It was all agreed that the worlds are all interconnected… One day you will see Black Adam go at it with Superman or Batman or any of the DC characters. But that said, there’s a great independence to Black Adam from the DC world, allowing us to inject, not only viciousness, but also winking humor.”


Darren Lemke (Jack the Giant Slayer) is working on the script.

Shazam hits theaters on April 5, 2019.


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