After the announcement of Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam ages ago, it was soon known that the villain would be getting his own solo film. Naturally, confused questions followed. Specifically, why have Black Adam in his own film without Shazam? Fast forward and we now have major movement on Shazam. Zachary Levi is cast as the hero with Asher Angel playing Billy Batson — but Johnson doesn’t seem to be making an appearance. The superstar actor assures fans there’s a reason for that.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, while discussing Jumanji, Johnson didn’t get into specifics as to what the plan is, but does mention that there is an idea in place.
“I think they’ve got a great plan over there with him and I wish those guys the best of luck,” Johnson said. “We had to split the idea because the obvious idea was Black Adam and Shazam. So we split it. Those guys are gonna do great with it.”
Though avoiding the obvious for the sake of avoiding the obvious isn’t exactly the best of reasons, knowing that there is an idea in place is at least reassuring for fans of the property. After all, fans have known of the solo Black Adam project for a long time now, meaning this plan must have been in place for just as long.
What do you think the plan could be? More importantly, is this still a good idea? Let us know what you think in the comments!
Shazam is a DC Comics character who first debuted in 1939 with the original name of Captain Marvel. Created by C.C. Beck and writer Bill Parker, the character was first published by Fawcett Comics. Shazam himself is the alter-ego of teenager Billy Batson who has the ability to say the word “Shazam,” and transform into an adult superhero with the power of six mythological gods after saying the word.
The film also stars Grace Fulton and Mark Strong (Doctor Sivana).
Shazam! is directed by David F. Sandberg and is expected to hit theaters in April 2019. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Shazam! and the future of DC Films as we learn it.
6 R-Rated Comic Book Movies Audiences Deserve
Logan and Deadpool have shown studios that R-Rated superhero movies can succeed. Sure, Watchmen and 300 kind of proved that same point in 2009, but now both Marvel and DC have said R-Rated movies are a possibility. Audiences are tired of so many comic book movies featuring similar plots, so opening more projects to the potential of being R-Rated makes it possible that different, mature stories can be told.
Some characters, like Superman and Spider-Man, should never receive the R-Rated treatment. If a character is defined by a sense of hope or optimism instead of a dark, gritty core that grounds all their actions, then a R-Rated movie likely won’t work.
Hit Next to find out more about six comic book movies that should be R-Rated!