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Old 11-05-2007, 04:14 PM   #1
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Shazam! movie news

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Dwayne Johnson, the actor formerly known as "The Rock," confirmed to SCI FI Wire that he will play the villainous Black Adam in the upcoming Shazam! movie, and not the superhero Captain Marvel—a choice he made at the urging of fans at Comic-Con and elsewhere.

"And talking to those fans down there, they had talked up to me about, you know, 'There's also this great character called Black Adam,'" Johnson said in an interview while promoting his upcoming SF movie Southland Tales. "I said, 'Oh, really? Tell me about it.' And they were telling me all about it. And I got some more history about Black Adam, and I just found Black Adam, just for me personally, more interesting to play. He's really a badass character. I love that."

Black Adam is a super human who is the flipside of Captain Marvel, according to Wikipedia. "When I was doing the junket for the Game Plan, someone had asked me about Shazam! again, and I said, 'Well, to be honest with you, ... what I would like to see is for the fans to decide who they would like me to play,'" Johnson said, adding: "Considering how passionate the fans are about this, I said, 'I don't believe it's up to the studio or the director or myself.' So there's [Captain Marvel]. And there's Black Adam. And I said, 'So, you guys let me know who?' And across the board, it was all Black Adam."

Shazam!, based on the classic DC Comics series, centers on Billy Batson, a young boy who gains the ability to transform into the superhero Captain Marvel by saying the magic word 'Shazam!'

Johnson's Get Smart helmer Peter Segal will direct Shazam!, which is written by John August (Corpse Bride). Johnson said that August turned in his most recent draft of the script on Nov. 2 in advance of an impending writers' strike. Shooting is expected to take place in late 2008, after Johnson completes his role in Disney's upcoming Witch Mountain.
Booya!! The Rock is Black Adam!
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Old 11-06-2007, 12:23 AM   #2
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Great! He's a much better fit with Adam than he would have been as the big red cheese.
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Old 04-16-2008, 09:29 PM   #3
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I was looking at the list of movies coming out next year and discovered that this film now has a different name. Billy Batson and the Legend of Shazam. WTF?

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0448115/
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Old 07-18-2017, 12:39 PM   #4
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https://www.newsarama.com/35421-repo...-attached.html

Shazam starts shooting in February and... no more Rock? This is very puzzling on a number of levels.
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Old 07-20-2017, 11:51 AM   #5
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Looks like confirmed:
https://www.comicbookmovie.com/shaza...k-adam-a152631
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Old 07-20-2017, 12:18 PM   #6
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'"And talking to those fans down there, they had talked up to me about, you know,''

seems like a weird thing to say.

but, whatever.

I doubt a super light hearted seeming character like shazam would fit well in the DC Murder verse. in the animated series, they show billy as even more boyscout than superman.

that won't fit in well.
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Old 07-20-2017, 12:31 PM   #7
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And I can kind of understand beginning things with a Black Adam movie to warm people up to the idea of a Shazam! movie... but I can't understand just beginning with a Shazam! movie that doesn't even have Black Adam in it at all.
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Old 07-20-2017, 12:42 PM   #8
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And I can kind of understand beginning things with a Black Adam movie to warm people up to the idea of a Shazam! movie... but I can't understand just beginning with a Shazam! movie that doesn't even have Black Adam in it at all.
Maybe to built up for Black Adam to face Superman in a Man of Steel 2?
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Old 07-20-2017, 01:27 PM   #9
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Maybe to built up for Black Adam to face Superman in a Man of Steel 2?
How does that help a Shazam movie that doesn't have Black Adam in it?
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Old 07-20-2017, 02:10 PM   #10
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I really, really, reaaaaaaaaaaaaaally don't care about this.

I am, however, baffled that WB chose this as the next project to prioritize? Not Flash or Green Lantern? Not Nightwing or Batgirl? Not Robin or Supergirl or Man of Steel 2?
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Old 07-20-2017, 02:41 PM   #11
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Not Flash or Green Lantern?
Well, isn't Flash in active production but still mired with the same problems its had since the beginnings? (revolving door of directors, etc.) Putting a "rush" on Flash (get it?) would probably make things even more difficult to keep a director on it, I'd imagine.

This Shazam! thing smells of Geoff Johns to me. He's always had a soft place for Captain Marvel at DC and with all of his many interviews in the last few months all saying the same mantra about, "The thing that's so great about DC characters is how much they're full of hope and fun, blah blah," I bet he's convinced the right people that Shazam! can be the champion of that movement in the DCCU. Because they've already screwed up Superman, in their eyes.

It's so weird how afraid they are of touching Superman. Even before Man of Steel, even before Superman Returns... just years and years of them... talking about it. Thinking things, overthinking things. He's like the easiest DC character to get "right."
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Yeah, this smells of Geoff Johns all right.

https://www.comicbookmovie.com/shaza...perman-a152664

I'm almost positive I've heard Geoff use those exact words to describe why Shazam! is so great.
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Old 08-03-2017, 10:53 AM   #13
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Still scarce info, but David Sanberg feeds us the same ''we'll be much lighter'' line we've heard before

https://www.newsarama.com/35795-shaz...dc-movies.html
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Old 08-03-2017, 11:13 AM   #14
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Still scarce info, but David Sanberg feeds us the same ''we'll be much lighter'' line we've heard before
Everyone towing the Geoff Johns line.

Sad!
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Old 08-03-2017, 11:21 AM   #15
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lighter is just what a shazam series needs.

it should have been what superman needed too..

everything can't be dark and moody like batman..and even batman needs a break from that sometime.
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Old 08-03-2017, 05:15 PM   #16
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This thread is 10 years old, daaamn.
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Old 08-03-2017, 05:32 PM   #17
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Is the rock casting rumor seriously 10 years old? What the f*ck?
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Old 08-03-2017, 06:15 PM   #18
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2007 was like 2 years ago... stop it.
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Old 08-03-2017, 07:33 PM   #19
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This thread is a Cybercubed rant in the making.
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Old 08-03-2017, 08:46 PM   #20
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2007 was like 2 years ago... stop it.
never noticed how old the thread was. has this thing seriously been in planning that long? thought it was rather recent.
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