Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has been regularly linked to various superheroes over the last few years. In fact, it’s been pretty much common knowledge that Johnson has had talks with DC at certain times. Now, speaking at this year’s CinemaCon, the part-time WWE Superstar has been teasing just which role he’s been discussing with DC and Warner Brothers.
Speaking to SuperheroHype and ComingSoon, Johnson refused to answer a direct question on which DC character he’s had talks about, instead choosing to describe the character. The People’s Champion claims that there’s been “mutual interest” between he and DC to find the right character for him, then went on to describe the character he’s interested in.
The Rock said, “Like everyone here in the room, I love superheroes, and we’ve been having ongoing discussions, myself and DC, for years about the right character. What would the right character be? And that’s another thing, too. It just had to be right. I won’t tell you who it is, but I’ll tell you the three qualities we’re looking for and I’ll let you guys figure it out. This is going to be fun. Here are the three qualities…”
Johnson went on, “The first quality we were looking for is that he had to be extremely complex and have a lot going on, and what that does for me as an actor and for the studio just gives us space that we can explore for his complexities. The other quality is that the character we were looking for had to be well known but never brought to life. That does, again as an actor, is that it gives me a little bit of space and it just gives me a chance to put an imprint into his personality with the set of tools that I can bring to the table and put a very unique twist on his personality but still pay homage to who he is. The third thing, and most important, is that he had to be a badass motherfucker and on a Superman level of power where he could throw down.”
He added, “In those qualities, I’m happy we’ve found that character and right now we’re out to a lot of writers.”
So, let’s continue the speculation. Previous reports often linked Johnson to the roles of John Stewart, Black Adam or the badass Lobo. In fact, just to tease fans further, Johnston has since taken to Twitter to say, “Green Lantern (John Stewart) and Black Adam are my fav superheroes, but HL’s already been made and stamped. #RockTalk@CFitzy”
Could The Rock be in talks to play the villainous Black Adam in a possible Shazam movie? The character is certainly up there with Superman when it comes to powers. Personally, we’d love to see The Great One tackle Lobo, but let’s make it the “proper” Lobo rather than the recent metrosexual version of the character that has recently appeared. With Johnson saying that writers are currently been contacted about the potential project, let's hope that we hear something concrete sooner rather than later.
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