Why The Rock Took The Black Adam Role

The Rock Explains Why He Took Black Adam Role In DC Comics’ Shazam Movie

During a Q&A session with fans on YouTube, superstar actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was asked about his decision to join the DC Extended Universe as Black Adam in the forthcoming Shazam! movie.

It’s always been a kind of interesting fit: Johnson generally plays a nice guy, has a hugely marketable smile, and rarely plays anything but the lead or co-lead in a franchise. Black Adam, traditionally, has been the villain in the Shazam! franchise, a dark opposite number to the Marvel Family who uses the powers Shazam gave him to avenge slights.

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Johnson had been attached to DC for a while, with roles like Shazam, Black Adam, and Lobo being long rumored. He apparently had signed onto a Lobo movie, which fell apart before production got underway.

“I’ve loved the role of Black Adam,” said Johnson, who had been rumored to play the character for years before it was made official. “I love that he starts off as a slave, that he felt like he was wronged. I’ve just loved that backstory. I think that Black Adam has always been, to me, the most intriguing superhero.”

With Geoff Johns, an avowed Black Adam fan, at the head of DC’s film division, it’s interesting that Johnson and others continually refer to Black Adam as a “hero” or “antihero” rather than a villain. The likelihood that Black Adam is the actual star of the film and that the Shazam/Captain Marvel audiences might expect won’t come up until a later film (if at all) seems to be pretty high.

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The Shazam! movie is still in the early stages of development; a few months ago, it was rumored that the movie could move up its release date from the original April 2019 schedule.

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The Five Comics That You Must Read This Month

The Five Comics That You Must Read This Month

November is traditionally a quiet month in comics: the year is winding to a close, and publishers enjoy a brief lull ahead of the holidays. This year, however, there are all manner of wonders to be found in your local comic book emporiums, including comics that celebrate the history of one superhero universe and build diverse new casts (and creative teams) for another. There’s also magic and talking motorcycles to be found, if you know where to look. Here are the five titles you should definitely be picking up in November.

Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1 (Marvel Entertainment)

Spinning out of the current Black Panther series, Ta-Nehisi Coates teams with Roxane Gay to write the lead story in this new series, which focuses on Ayo and Aneka, the women who rebelled against tradition for love. (The amazing Alitha E. Martinez illustrates.) The first issue also teams poet Yona Harvey with Afua Richardson for the origin of Zenzi, the woman behind the flagship series’ conflict.

Credit: Marvel Entertainment

Spinning out of the current Black Panther series, Ta-Nehisi Coates teams with Roxane Gay to write the lead story in this new series, which focuses on Ayo and Aneka, the women who rebelled against tradition for love. (The amazing Alitha E. Martinez illustrates.) The first issue also teams poet Yona Harvey with Afua Richardson for the origin of Zenzi, the woman behind the flagship series’ conflict.

Sugar & Spike: Metahuman Investigations (DC Entertainment)

Originally published as part of an anthology, Sugar & Spike is a funny, caustic love letter to the goofy histories that some of DC’s greatest heroes would rather everyone forgot about. Keith Giffen writes with a mix of snark and affection, but the star of the show is the art of Bilquis Evely, which is utterly exquisite. No wonder she got tapped as the new artist for Wonder Woman soon afterwards.

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Originally published as part of an anthology, Sugar & Spike is a funny, caustic love letter to the goofy histories that some of DC’s greatest heroes would rather everyone forgot about. Keith Giffen writes with a mix of snark and affection, but the star of the show is the art of Bilquis Evely, which is utterly exquisite. No wonder she got tapped as the new artist for Wonder Woman soon afterwards.

Namesake #1 (Boom! Studios)

Steve Orlando is a writer whose star has been on the rise at DC in recent months, thanks to his Midnighter and Supergirl series. With Namesake, he and artist Jakub Rebelka have created a thoroughly unique creator-owned title: a protagonist who has to find a way to put his parents’ remains to rest despite the fact that they belong to different worlds—which only intersect once every seven years. Hope you’ve got a good calendar app, man!

Credit: Boom! Studios

Steve Orlando is a writer whose star has been on the rise at DC Comics in recent months, thanks to his Midnighter and Supergirl series. With Namesake, he and artist Jakub Rebelka have created a thoroughly unique creator-owned title: a protagonist who has to find a way to put his parents’ remains to rest despite the fact that they belong to different worlds—which only intersect once every seven years. Hope you’ve got a good calendar app, man!

Harbinger Renegades #1 (Valiant Entertainment)

Mixing the high concept of Marvel’s X-Men (kids with strange powers that we can’t control or understand!) with a dose of contemporary politics, Harbinger Renegades revives one of Valiant’s central franchises with a twist. Rafer Roberts and Transmetropolitan‘s Darick Robertson harness the fractured paranoia in US current events, turning it into a superhero story unlike any other in this new series.

Credit: Valiant Entertainment

Mixing the high concept of Marvel’s X-Men (kids with strange powers that we can’t control or understand!) with a dose of contemporary politics, Harbinger Renegades revives one of Valiant’s central franchises with a twist. Rafer Roberts and Transmetropolitan‘s Darick Robertson harness the fractured paranoia in US current events, turning it into a superhero story unlike any other in this new series.

Motro #1 (Oni Press)

Even if the idea of a fantasy epic about a superhumanly strong young boy and his talking miniature motorcycle trying to save lives by fulfilling a prophecy from the boy’s dead father doesn’t appeal to you—and it should, because that sounds amazing—then this book is worth a look because of those responsible: Ulises Fariñas, who co-writes (with Erick Freitas) and draws the series has an imagination like few others, and he and colorist Ryan Hill were the art team on the amazing-looking Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two a few years back. (He’s also done some incredible work for this very publication!) This might be the most exciting, unexpected thing on the stands.

Credit: Oni Press

Even if the idea of a fantasy epic about a superhumanly strong young boy and his talking miniature motorcycle trying to save lives by fulfilling a prophecy from the boy’s dead father doesn’t appeal to you—and it should, because that sounds amazing—then this book is worth a look because of those responsible: Ulises Fariñas, who co-writes (with Erick Freitas) and draws the series has an imagination like few others, and he and colorist Ryan Hill were the art team on the amazing-looking Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two a few years back. (He’s also done some incredible work for this very publication!) This might be the most exciting, unexpected thing on the stands.

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