San Andreas star Dwayne Johnson responds to a tweet regarding a possible showdown between his Black Adam and Henry Cavill’s Superman.
Although the recent release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been met with mixed reaction from fans, there’s no question that Warner Bros.‘ line-up of future DC films is still giving them much to look forward to. One such example of this is with the Shazam! movie, scheduled for release on April 5th 2019, which was announced coinciding with former WWE superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson‘s reveal that he had signed on to play the superhero’s arch rival Black Adam.
At this point very little is known about the project, including who will star opposite Johnson in the lead role as Shazam (formerly Captain Marvel), and which younger actor will portray young Billy Batson. For those unfamiliar with the character, who made his debut back in 1940, Billy Batson is a boy who eagerly awaits his 18th birthday, wanting desperately to become an adult. Although young, Billy is without a family but has gotten used to protecting himself, most of the time by keeping emotionally detached from others. One day the wizard known as Shazam appears to Billy, telling him of his power. The wizard sees that Billy is pure of heart, and thus chooses to bestow his power upon him: (S) genius of Solomon, (H) strength of Hercules, (A) unbreakable will of Atlas, (Z) lightning blasts of Zeus, (A) the power of Achilles, (M) the speed of Mercury – Shazam. Billy remains a child, but whenever he speaks the word Shazam! he is transformed into the red-suited superhero with the powers of the Gods.
The character has seen increasing popularity over the years, with DC still making use of him, particularly focusing in on the challenge of having to balance being a young naive child, who has everyday stresses such as school, with the responsibility of being a hero.
Shazam’s nemesis’ story is similar, however, Black Adam was given the power of Shazam during adulthood and lived in Egypt during the time of the Ancient Egyptians. Adam was obsessed with power and rule, and, due to the lack of worthy opponents, decided to enter a kind of deep sleep to await a champion to battle with. Black Adam awakens shortly after Billy receives his powers, and soon after the two are drawn into conflict. In recent years, DC writers have often included Superman in the story due to his implied worthiness, being Earth’s current real champion, and the general dynamic between both himself, Shazam and Black Adam. Adam has proven many times that he is almost, if not absolutely, a match for Supes, so naturally when we saw the tweet below we couldn’t contain our excitement.
Clearly we won’t see the Man of Steel in the first movie, but the line “He’s got it comin'” certainly hints towards a potential fight in future. it’s things like this that make us think this man is the master of social media.
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Shazam! is scheduled for an April 5th, 2019 release.