Remember the good old days, when some kid name Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was an up-and-coming talent, and his looks and physique made him the perfect fit to play “Shazam!” borderline-baddie Black Adam?
It’s been nearly three years now since The Rock solicited the opinion of MTV Movies Blog visitors and agreed with them that he was a perfect fit to play the muscular, morally-conflicted protector of Earth. Well, I interviewed the star on Friday and lemme tell you — the dude is bigger than he ever has been before, and he certainly looks the part of a superheroic character.
Unfortunately, the l“Shazam!” film has anguished in development hell while The Rock has gone from one project to the next. So, I had to ask the former WWE superstar: If he were a betting man, would he still place money on the fact that he’ll someday play Black Adam?
“I don’t know,” sighed the star, something of a Hollywood rarity in that he always shoots straight with the fans. “I can never say that with truth. The truth that I can tell you is that I would love to play Black Adam.”
Not too long ago, screenwriter John August said “Shazam” seemed to be D.O.A. But the man sometimes known as Dwayne Johnson revealed to us that his “Get Smart” filmmaker and friend still seems determined to get the movie made.
“There’s a lot of [factors in play],” explained the star. “The studio will have to decide on that, whoever the director is – hopefully, it will be Pete Segal – who is still very passionate about the project. Both of us are, by the way. I’m not too sure where it’s at right now, but I would love to [do it].”
For those of you who can’t wait to see The Rock doing something heroic, he will be flying through the air in tights in “Tooth Fairy,” which hits theaters January 22nd. In the meantime, he told us that just because he looks like Black Adam doesn’t mean it’s inevitable - but if we’re all patient a little bit longer, the slow simmer might eventually yield a pleasant whiff of what The Rock is cooking.
“What I’ve found is [playing superheroes] is a lot more specific than [looks],” he explained, saying the “Shazam” character would be a rare mix of looks and backstory being perfectly suited for a star. “That’s why Black Adam resonated with me, especially once I started to understand the story of Black Adam and how he related within his story.”
Is it time to get this movie made, or should The Rock move on to a different hero? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!