Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is still a year away, but they've already been called out by their next challenger: the Rock.
In a promotional tour for his upcoming movie San Andreas, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was asked in an interview to be published in Friday's Total Film magazine (but transcribed online early by Games Radar) about his role as Black Adam in 2019's Shazam and he pulled back the curtain about his character not being the typical villain.
“I think Black Adam is going to grow into becoming an anti-hero,” Johnson says to Total Film. “It’s all written within the spirit of respecting and paying homage to the comics. As we know, Black Adam started out as a slave. When he’s given the powers, he utilized them. Then in the wake of his powers, tragedy strikes, which turns his sentiment and tone in terms of psychology.”
Johnson goes onto state that he signed up for the role not just to be in Shazam but also to step into the broader DC cinematic universe being developed - and namely, against its top two heavyweights.
“It was all agreed that the worlds are all interconnected… One day you will see Black Adam go at it with Superman or Batman or any of the DC characters," says the wrestler-turned-actor. "But that said, there’s a great independence to Black Adam from the DC world, allowing us to inject, not only viciousness, but also winking humor.”
This full interview is in the Friday February 13 edition of Total Film. Shazam is scheduled for release in theatres sometime in 2019.