No one can predict when lightning will strike, but Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is predicting that DC's Shazam might be striking sooner than people think.
MTV's Josh Horowitz interviewed the actor on the red carpet before Sunday's 87th Annual Academy Awards event, and asked him about his role as Black Adam in 2019's Shazam. The actor, whose next film is San Andreas, reveals that the pre-production is going well and that he and DC may be surprising people.
"It may happen a little earlier than what has been predicted," Johnson said when asked about Shazam. "The script coming in has been great, and the studio support has been great."
It's unclear if Johnson is referring to the Shazam release date being possibly earlier than the officially announced 2019, or if some aspect or character in the film - say his Black Adam or Captain Marvel - could show up in an earlier DC film. Since he is signed, it's entirely reasonable Johnson could appear in a cameo in any of Warner Bros. DC films, as there will likely in significant DCCU "world building" in 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.
Johnson previously stated that "one day" people would see his Black Adam go up against Superman or Batman.
This MTV interview was short, but Johnson did hit on the character arc of Black Adam and seems in-tune with the direction and also the role's life beyond just being an antagonist for Shazam.
"With Black Adam, you take a guy who starts as a bad guy and turn him into an anti-hero," says Johnson. "Maybe make him vicious and give him a winking charm."
MTV's Josh Horowitz asked Johnson about the casting of Captain Marvel for Shazam, and the actor said no decision has been made.