Global superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is set to star in a Black Adam movie, having previously been attached to portray the villain in Shazam, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The live-action Shazam movie, which has been in development for over a decade, will now be made concurrently with the newly announced Black Adam solo feature, with Johnson no longer set to play the villain in the former. Both movies will be part of the DC Extended Universe film continuity.
Created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck in 1945 as a one-shot villain for The Marvel Family #1 in 1945, Black Adam was revived as a recurring character when DC Comics acquired the rights. His powers and abilities are comparable to that of the superhero Shazam (formerly known as Captain Marvel, not to be confused with Marvel’s Captain Marvel)and include flight, super strength and agility and magic.
No writer or director is attached to the Black Adam solo feature, nor is there a release date set for the movie. There is also no word on how this will affect the planned April 5, 2019 release date for the Shazam movie. (image courtesy of DC Comics Database)