Dwayne Johnson reveals Shazam DC movie role?

The Rock teases a big comic book movie announcement

We've long known that Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is keen to take on a big role in the DC movie universe.

Yet while rumours have long been circulating that he could play Lobo or Green Lantern, we're pretty darn sure we've just nabbed the exclusive on who he'll be playing.

During a chat about all things Hercules (lots of amazing videos coming soon), we tried to nail down who he's playing.

Johnson reveals that he and DC are set to make a big announcement very soon (Comic-Con, anyone?), and that the character he'll be playing has 'the power of Superman', isn't Green Lantern "He was a character I wanted to play, but there was already a version of Green Lantern..." (so could we be seeing a shock Ryan Reynolds appearance at the DC/JLA Comic-Con panel?!), and 'can throw down', before teasing a very mysterious, hugely clue-heavy rejoinder...

Comic fans will quickly put the clues together, and they all point to Shazam - a DC movie that was first rumoured to be in development just last month.

For the uninitiated, Captain Marvel tells the story of a young boy, Billy Batson, who's granted the power to transform into a very Superman-like superhero called Captain Marvel. More importantly, he transforms into Captain Marvel by simply saying the word 'Shazam'. Just say the word, indeed.

Watch the video below to watch Johnson tease it in-person - including lots more detail about his dealings with DC - then let us know what you think in the comments.

Hercules is in UK cinemas 25 July 2014.

Comments

    • CharsmatcEngma

      Jul 21st 2014, 12:01

      Interesting move. A little surprised, as the character is not only defined by what The Rock now brings, but also whoever plays Billy, will need to be a good young actor as Billys life isnt exactly fun, losing his parents, and sister, uncle stealing his inheritence and kicking him into the streets etc before going to be CM. I have to admit i didn't think it would be Shazam but again its DC doing something a little different and i look forward to seeing how it goes.

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    • Chufferstud

      Jul 21st 2014, 12:30

      Well that's saved them giving a background story in the film.

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    • SilverSurfer45

      Jul 21st 2014, 16:41

      Interesting comment regarding Green Lantern too, I don't think it would be the worst thing to bring Reynolds back and at least keep a bit of continuity for the JLA movie, obviously the suit will need some tweaking but it would be cool if they announce at Comic Con that Reynolds is gonna be back.

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    • ChidoriKnight

      Jul 21st 2014, 18:32

      The Rock says SHAZAM!!!!

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    • CaptainCrazy

      Jul 21st 2014, 20:20

      I always hated the Billy Batson/Shazam link. I always imagined if they put it on screen there will be an emotional disconnect between the young actor and the older one playing Shazam. They need to get rid of Billy Batson or make him the same age as Shazam so it's the same actor playing both. When Superman is injured you also worry for Clark Kent and when someone kicks Iron Man's butt you have concern for Tony Stark. It's not the same with Shazam.

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 21st 2014, 21:47

      Remember when announcements use to be kept secret for Comic Con and E3? ahh those were the days.

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    • jasonlum

      Jul 21st 2014, 22:43

      It could be Martian Manhunter.... he's as strong as Superman too and The Rock makes more sense playing him than Shazam.

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    • jessemeehl

      Jul 21st 2014, 23:10

      Um...Black Adam anyone?

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