Dwayne Johnson will finally get his own DC Comics movie

dwayne johnson black adam movie baywatch
It’s been nearly a decade since Dwayne Johnson told the world that he would play the DC Comics antihero Black Adam in one of Warner Bros. Pictures’ live-action movies, but given how much has happened in the studio’s superhero universe lately, it seemed safe to assume the project had slipped into development limbo.

And yet, nothing could be further from the truth, according to a new report that indicates Johnson will star in an upcoming solo movie featuring the character.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Johnson’s meeting last week with DC Films — which the actor posted a photo from on Instagram — involved some redefining of the Shazam! project that resulted in plans to develop both that superhero movie, which initially had Black Adam as its villain, and a separate, solo movie featuring the character.

The plan is now reported to involve developing two films concurrently, with Black Adam no longer expected to be the primary villain in Shazam! and instead to be featured in his own movie — one that presents him as more of an antihero character, similar to what he’s become in the DC Comics universe.

First introduced in 1945’s The Marvel Family #1, Black Adam is an Egyptian man given powerful magical abilities by a wizard, only to have his newfound power corrupt him. Initially presented as a clear-cut villain, Black Adam underwent a revision of sorts to his origin in recent years, and is now viewed as more of an antihero character, willing to protect the people of Egypt and his loved ones by brutal (and often deadly) force.

One of the most frequent foes of DC’s Captain Marvel (who is also known as Shazam) and his superhero family, Black Adam has powerful abilities that rival those of Superman and many of DC Comics’ top-level heroes. In recent years, veteran comics writer Geoff Johns — who serves as both the chief creative officer for DC Comics and the co-head of DC Films — helped reshape Black Adam’s back story and turn him into one of the publisher’s most popular antihero characters.

dwayne johnson black adam movie dc comics

Given how much higher Johnson’s profile is now than it was back in 2008 when he was first attached to the Shazam! movie, it makes sense that the studio would lean toward giving him his own movie. However, Tom Hiddleston’s success as the trickster Loki in Marvel’s cinematic universe does establish some precedent for villains breaking out of single-movie roles.

There’s currently no screenwriter attached to the Black Adam movie, and the most recent draft of the Shazam! script is reportedly being penned by Earth to Echo writer Henry Gayden. That film was initially scheduled to premiere in April 2019, but that seems unlikely at this point. Nothing has been confirmed by Warner Bros. Pictures regarding Black Adam’s role in Shazam! or a solo movie at this point.

Business

‘Aquaman’ becomes first DC cinematic universe movie to cross $1 billion

Aquaman fell to second place at the weekend box office, but its worldwide earnings crossed the $1 billion mark, making it the first film in Warner Bros. Pictures' DC Extended Universe to do so.
Movies & TV

New trailer for 'The Punisher' season 2 teases a bloody showdown

The Punisher is getting a second season on Netflix, with Jon Bernthal returning to play Marvel Comics' gun-toting antihero Frank Castle. Here's everything we know about season 2 of The Punisher so far.
Movies & TV

Curious about 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'? Here's everything we know so far

Despite some mystery surrounding Spider-Man's future after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into theaters in July 2019. Here's everything we know about the movie so far.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in December, from 'Buster Scruggs’ to 'Roma'

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Home Theater

Not chill: Netflix is hiking prices across all its tiers

Netflix has to get the billions of dollars it's spending on new content from somewhere. The streaming giant announced price hikes across the board, raising its monthly rates between $1 and $2 per tier in the next few months.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Movies & TV

NBCUniversal will launch its own streaming service in 2020

NBCU is prepping a streaming service filled with its original content for a debut sometime next year, meaning that Michael, Dwight, and the rest of the Scranton crew might be moving to a new home.
Home Theater

Sling TV offers free shows, a la carte subscription channels to Roku users

If you are among a select group of Roku users, Sling TV has added free TV shows and the option to subscribe to individual channels without having to subscribe to the company's base level of channels.
Gaming

Break out the Wii: ‘Just Dance’ movie reportedly in the works

Sony's Screen Gems has reportedly acquired the film rights to the Just Dance video game series from Ubisoft, which previously helped bring the game Assassin's Creed to the big screen in 2016.
Movies & TV

Apple’s first original feature film reunites Bill Murray, Sofia Coppola

The Lost in Translation team of Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray will reunite with their A Very Murray Christmas collaborator Rashida Jones for On the Rocks, Apple and studio A24's first official feature together.
Movies & TV

You can get a screaming deal on LG OLED TVs just in time for the Super Bowl

LG is offering steep discounts on its critically acclaimed OLED TV models just in time for the Super Bowl, letting discerning viewers watch their favorite athletes with higher picture quality than ever.
Movies & TV

Jason Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters’ sequel already has a creepy teaser trailer

Jason Reitman, son of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, has secretly co-written a follow-up to the 1984 supernatural comedy. Filming begins this summer, but it's not clear if the original Ghostbusters will reprise their roles.
Movies & TV

From premiere date to footage: Here's all we have on 'Game of Thrones' season 8

With the eighth and final season looming, Game of Thrones fever has officially become a pandemic. Our list of all the relevant news and rumors will help make the wait more bearable, if you don't mind spoilers.
Movies & TV

Netflix recruits Steve Carell for the Trump-inspired comedy ‘Space Force’

Steve Carell, Netflix, and The Office showrunner Greg Daniels are teaming up for Space Force, a workplace comedy poking fun at the Trump White House's plans to establish a sixth branch of the U.S. military.