Fans concerned about a perceived lack of humor and lightness in DC Universe movies might have something to look forward to in the upcoming Shazam film in development at New Line (a subsidiary of Warner Bros.) with Dwayne Johnson attached to star as anti-hero Black Adam.
In comments to Entertainment Weekly following Johnson’s Twitter reveal of his role and the subsequent official announcement of the film Wednesday, New Line president Toby Emmerich told the magazine that it feels to him like Shazam will have a “tone unto itself.’
“It’s a DC comic, but it’s not a Justice League character, and it’s not a Marvel comic. The tone and the feeling of the movie will be different from the other range of comic book movies.”
Though not offering up any plot details, casting info for the presumed other lead (the titular Shazam), or clues as to whether any other member of the Marvel family will appear, Emmerich said the movie “will have a sense of fun and a sense of humor. But the stakes have to be real.”
“Black Adam is a complex character,” added Emmerich, who describes the character as both an anti-hero and a villain. “The villain in superhero movies is often, I think, what makes the movie. And I thought Dwayne’s take on the character, and the way that he saw Black Adam, was really compelling and fun.”
Shazam has no official release schedule, but writer Darren Lemke (Jack the Giant Slayer) is penning the screenplay.