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The Rock Up For Two Roles In Shazam!
Should he play hero or villain?

25 September 2007  |  Written by Olly Richards  |  Source: MTV

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The Rock will star in Shazam! (the movie's exclamation point, not ours). That's a given. But will he play the heroic Captain Marvel or the villainous Black Adam? He doesn't rightly know, since he's currently weighing up whether to don good tights or bad tights.

You may not be particularly familiar with Shazam!, the most camply named of superhero series, since it's a long way beneath Batman and Superman on the recognisability league table.

The hero of the piece is Billy Batson, a kid who's chosen by the wizard Shazam to be a superforce of good on earth. Whenever he speaks the wizard's name he's granted super-powers and turned into a grown up. A bit like Bananaman, but with lower levels of potassium.

The bad guy is Black Adam, an ancient Egyptian former protegee of Shazam who is brought to modern times, where he does battle with Captain Marvel.

The Rock told MTV.com that he is currently up for both roles and is leaving the decision of which he takes up to the fans. It's not actually inconceivable that he might play both roles, since they look almost the same, but for different coloured spandex.

Which role would you give him?

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Your Comments

RE: I concur Spanky......
L: the ageless stranger ......but where would we find anyone who could fill the shoes of the Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Batman or Captain Marvel as shown in Kingdom Come? They don't make chins or chests that big..... very good point. Damn Alex Ross, he sure loves his chins and chests... More

Posted by Spanky Hufnagel at 01:41 on 27 September 2007 | Report This Post

Ha
"A bit like Bananaman, but with lower levels of potassium." This has to be quote of the week. Ah Empire! You crack me up. More

Posted by shool at 10:06 on 26 September 2007 | Report This Post

he'd played at bad guy in Doom.... More

Posted by Hughezy at 17:21 on 25 September 2007 | Report This Post

I'd like too see him playing Black Adam simply because it'd be nice to see him playing a bad guy for a change. More

Posted by clarkkent at 17:08 on 25 September 2007 | Report This Post

RE: The Rock Up For Two Roles In Shazam!
Bananaman, lol, brings back so many memories, that would be such a brilliant childrens film. I can imagine this film being brillaint, cant wait to see two equally powered super beings   battle it out. Superman, are you watching closely? More

Posted by kumar at 16:32 on 25 September 2007 | Report This Post

I concur Spanky......
......but where would we find anyone who could fill the shoes of the Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Batman or Captain Marvel as shown in Kingdom Come? They don't make chins or chests that big..... More

Posted by the ageless stranger at 14:10 on 25 September 2007 | Report This Post

RE: He's got the build but not the acting skills
The best place to see Captain Marvel would be handing Superman's head to him in a Kingdom Come film. Ahh well, a boy can dream. More

Posted by Spanky Hufnagel at 13:15 on 25 September 2007 | Report This Post

He's got the build but not the acting skills
Yet again another case where Hollywood has thought about build rather than acting quality .To be honest i think wee should leave Captain Marvel for a while More

Posted by alimac at 13:12 on 25 September 2007 | Report This Post

NO
NEITHER, HOW DOES THIS MAN KEEP GETTING FILMS HE'S SHIT EVERY FILM HES BEEN IN HAS BEEN SHIT MY GOD I WISH I COULD OPEN UP A CAN OF WOOP ASS ON HIM BUT HE COULD KILL ME WITH HIS BONER SO IF I WAS FORCED TO CHOOSE THEN BLACK ADAM. OH BUT YOU KNOW HES GONNA OVERACT HIS ASS OFF NO NO NO More

Posted by ScRipt at 12:58 on 25 September 2007 | Report This Post

Capt. Marvel, if played right, is a great concept! A character with the powers of Superman, but the mind of a 10 year old boy. Like 'Big', only with punching. More

Posted by raclements at 12:50 on 25 September 2007 | Report This Post

Hmmm.........
.....Frankly, I think The Rock would look more the part for Black Adam. But what I'm more concerned about, is the report from aintitcool, apparently from the director (I forget his name) that this film is gonna be a Big-style comedy rather than a proper superhero film. I mean, I know Captain Marvel isn't the coolest of concepts to begin with, but there's no need to make it even worse, is there? More

Posted by the ageless stranger at 11:00 on 25 September 2007 | Report This Post

Black Adam, definitely. I like Captain Marvel, but Black Adam is definitely more fun, as any fan of 52 will tell you. Besides which, Captain Marvel needs to be more wholesome, in a Dudley Do-Right kinda way; The Rock's got that mischevious glint in his eye... More

Posted by britesparc at 10:59 on 25 September 2007 | Report This Post

I'm not a fan, but if he's leaving it up to us, he won't do either More

Posted by CameronJames at 10:30 on 25 September 2007 | Report This Post

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