Enough with the incessant teases as Dwayne Johnson and Geoff Johns officially confirmed this morning that The Rock will star in Warner Bros. and DC Comics’s Shazam movie as the anti-hero Black Adam.
Additionally, Variety reports that Darren Lemke has been brought on board to pen the Shazam script. A release date has yet to be formally announced.
Johnson had been teasing a role in the Shazam film on social media for the past two months while doing press rounds for Hercules. It was widely expected he would take the stage at Comic-Con during the Warner Bros. panel, but that never came to pass.
The big question hasn’t been whether Johnson would appear in the film or not, but which character he would play. It was between the film’s namesake, Shazam, a young boy by the name of Billy Batson who calls out the name “Shazam!” to turn into a superhero. Or Black Adam, an anti-hero who will no doubt tangle with Shazam throughout the film.
The news was solidified this morning when Johnson tweeted that it was his honor to become Black Adam. This tweet was followed by another from Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer for DC Entertainment who confirmed the news as official.
"Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot." My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics pic.twitter.com/Qk55eNf3R7
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 3, 2014
Yes, @TheRock as Black Adam is official. 🙂 http://t.co/pMJe60FUYl
— Geoff Johns (@geoffjohns) September 3, 2014
Lemke penned the screenplays for the animated film Turbo as well as Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer. He most recently wrote a Goosebumps script for Sony.
The Rock recently wrapped up working on the disaster epic San Andreas that is due in theaters next June.