Though his role in the film isn't official yet, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson told MTV that he's in the process of working on playing Black Adam in the upcoming live-action adaptation of the popular comic Shazam! Not long ago, MTV sat down with The Rock (who's been a frontrunner to star in Shazam! for quite awhile now), and the actor asked fans to choose which role they'd rather see him in: the hero, Captain Marvel, or the villain, Black Adam. Fans overwhelmingly picked The Rock to play Black Adam (probably because they're itching to see the tough guy take on a villainous role for once), and Rock confirmed to MTV that the role is currently being shaped to suit him. While out promoting Southland Tales, The Rock said he'd be meeting with director Peter Segal later that night to discuss the part further.
Now all they need to do is find their Captain Marvel, aka Billy Batson, and it will be interesting to see if they attempt to pull off both with one actor. Batson is a regular old teenager who's chosen by a wizard named Shazam! to the the champion of good. And every time Batson utters the words "Shazam!" a lightening bolt strikes and transforms him into an adult by the name of Captain Marvel. So do they get an actor in his early 20s, try to pass him off as a teen and then age him up to play the Captain? Early rumors suggested Jake Gyllenhaal was up for the part, but screenwriter John August squashed that. Who would you like to see play Captain Marvel and/or Billy Batson? Should they try to work around one actor, or bring on two? Shazam! is set to hit theaters at some point in 2009.