Dwayne Johnson Confirms He's Playing 'Shazam' Villain Black Adam
By Antoinette Bueno
Get ready to root for the bad guy.
After months of rumors, Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, confirmed via Twitter Wednesday that he will play the villainous Black Adam in the upcoming superhero film adaptation, Shazam.
"'Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot.' My honor to become #BlackAdam," he tweeted.
Black Adam is the arch-nemesis of Shazam, the superhero alter-ego of a 12-year-old Billy Baston. When the preteen speaks the magic word, "Shazam," he transforms into an adult with the powers of six mythological gods.
The 42-year-old Hercules star has previously hinted at his huge new DC Comics role, telling The Associated Press in August that one of his favorite comic characters was Black Adam, the former slave turned defender of Middle Eastern nation Khandaq.
"I am putting my heart and soul and my bones into this role," he said.
According to Variety, no production date has been set for the highly anticipated film, but Darren Lemke (Lost, Jack theGiant Slayer) is set to write the script. No word yet if Johnson will make an appearance in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which isset to hit theaters in March 2016.