It is confirmed, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be in the Shazam movie, but he will be portraying antagonist Black Adam (Teth-Adam), a super-powered tyrant from ancient Egypt let loose in the modern world.
As per a post in ScreenCrush:
Shazam is the superhero equivalent of ‘Big.’ He may look like a musclebound superhuman who can throw lightning bolts and stand toe-to-toe with Superman in a fight to the death, but he’s literally a kid in an adult’s body. This means he can be helplessly naive, but it also means that he’s innocent and pure, free of the baggage that corrupts his fellow adults. While most superheroes look at their business of saving the world as a chore and a job, it’s fun for Billy/Shazam. At its heart, this character is all about wish fulfillment. It allows young comic book readers to see one of their own become a superhero. They can live vicariously through this figure as he saves the world as a superhero despite being an 11-year old boy.
I have always thought that any live-action adaptation of Shazam should look into these dichotomies and properly mine them for laughs.
But which Hollywood actor can take the challenge to portray the red-and-white clad World’s Mightiest Mortal?
It is a given that Shazam will be produced by Warner Bros.’ New Line Cinema banner, which means it will be developed separately from the oh-so-glooooooomy DCCU (as per WB mandate *bitch*). Already being considered to direct are David Yates (Harry Potter & the Deathly Hollows Pt. 1 & 2), Gore Verbinski (the Pirates Of The Caribbean films) and Shawn Levy (the Night At The Museum films, Real Steel). but my best bets would be Verbinski and original candidate Peter Segal (Get Smart)
If the film adaptation becomes successful enough to warrant a franchise of sequels, how about Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, A Nightmare On Elm Street reboot) as mad scientist Thaddeus Bodog Sivana? Or Bryan Cranston bringing with Walter White pipes as the voice of Mr. Mind, the World’s Wickedest Worm??
One can only hope….