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Ever since Dwayne Johnson broke into the superstar sphere as wrestler The Rock, fans have been clamoring for him to play a superhero on the big screen. He’s been linked to a variety of comic-based roles like Lobo, Darkseid and Black Adam, but according to a recent chat with Total Film, it sounds like he’s very close to making an announcement about a DC Comics film project.
In the clip, Johnson says he and DC have been talking for years about which role he should play, but the process is tricky because they’re both trying to find the best fit. Johnson then says an announcement is coming, teasing that the hero has the power of Superman, but it’s not Green Lantern (although he was interested in playing John Stewart). After searching for the right clue, he finally settled on, “Just say the word.”
This, of course, points to his involvement in the long-discussed Shazam film. For years, Johnson’s name was attached to the likely villain of that movie, Black Adam, but it would make a lot of sense to put the superstar in the hero role. As it happens, when a purported slate of Warner Bros. superhero films was leaked last month, Shazam was pegged for release in July 2016. So don’t be surprised if something official is announced this week at Comic-Con International.