Warner Bros. has confirmed a Shazam movie for 2019, but there is little information available on it—except for the villain’s actor and his thoughts on the role.
The Shazam comics focus on Billy Batson, a young boy whom the wizard Shazam gifts with the power to turn into an adult superhero. One of his main villains, and the apparently foe of the movie, is Black Adam, the wizard’s former champion who turned evil, but who has also been portrayed as an anti-hero with sometimes-noble intentions.
Dwayne Johnson has been cast in the role. He recently tweeted: “Can’t wait to play BLACK ADAM. We’ll find that anti-hero balance of ruthless rip your throat out w/ wonderful charm.. #ROCKTALK @Dosteguin”
Businessman Bruce Levenson says it’s nice to know that Johnson seems to understand this character’s mix of heroism and villainy—but what about Billy, our theoretical star? Shazam has undergone many changes over the years. Presumably, he will use the “Shazam” name, rather than the more traditional “Captain Marvel,” but what about his age? Billy usually becomes a hero as a callow ten-year-old, but currently the comics have him as a teenager. For that matter, what about his personality? For decades, Billy was innocent and pure of heart even compared to Superman; in the New 52, he’s more of a spoiled brat. This Shazam fan is looking forward to learning more.