Shazam! star Zachary Levi was asked about the possibility of Dwayne The Rock Johnson being featured in future Shazam! sequels, and replied: „Oh man, I hope so! I don’t have a crystal ball.“
Levi talked about some of an early draft of Shazam! He revealed that Johnson was supposed to play a supervillain Black Adam, but it didn’t happen then.
Levi explained: „Dwayne [Johnson], many years ago now, was announced that he was going to be Black Adam and they were developing the script of Shazam! with the character of Black Adam in it. But over those years of developing it, they realized there’s not enough time to tell two full origin stories, which is what they would have to do, particularly if it’s The Rock playing the character.“
Shazam! tells a story of young Billy Batson, played by Asher Angel, becoming an adult-aged hero played by Zachary Levi. This change comes from Batson saying magic word Shazam, which helps him gain the superhuman power of six ancient gods. In 1945, Shazam’s arch-nemesis, known as Black Adam was introduced. Shazam! will be in cinemas on Friday.
Levi said: „In a very wise choice, everyone was like ‘let’s just split them’, and then Black Adam can maybe have a standalone and have his own origin. Which would be cool for a lot of reasons, not least of which that supervillains don’t really get their own standalone. They’re usually fighting the good guys in their movies. So yeah, if we ever get down to it, I would love that. I would love to fight Black Adam. That seems to be the iconic fight.“
In September 2014, there were some speculations about Dwayne The Rock Johnson playing Black Adam. Although Black Adam is the supervillain, he has been recently portrayed as an anti-hero. In 2017 Johnson’s DC movie was announced to become a standalone movie, and Johnson said that Black Adam is „the most ruthless villain/anti-hero of all time“. There hasn’t been much talk about it. Since Johnson is very busy, it is most likely that Black Adam won’t happen soon, but until it does, fans are looking forward to seeing Shazam!
Here is what Mark Strong, who plays Dr. Thaddeus Sivana in Shazam!, had to say about the upcoming movie: „It would be a no-brainer to have a character who’s as light and funny as this [joining the Justice League]… can you imagine?“