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Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema have this week announced the identity of one of the lead stars of their upcoming superhero film based on DC's Shazam comic-book property. Reportedly going by the same name as its inspiration, this long-rumoured Darren Lemke-penned blockbuster will (according to New Line's Toby Emmerich) apparently differ from the countless other big-screen takes on Marvel and DC protagonists by exhibiting "a sense of fun and a sense of humour" whilst simultaneously retaining the "[real] stakes" which have served to elevate recent Marvel Cinematic Universe storylines to exceedingly high levels of critical acclaim that the production team of Blade and Daredevil could barely have dreamt of.
Although the news shouldn't come as a tremendous surprise to anyone who kept up with our San Diego ComicCon 2014 coverage last month, it's still a remarkable feat on Warner Bros.' part that they've managed to attach none other than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to the potentially-antagonistic role of Black Adam in the latest chapter of their aspiring DC Cinematic Universe. Johnson's arguably best known right now for his memorable (and hardly unaccomplished, it must be said) contributions to the Fast & Furious film franchise, but once his stint (the length of which has yet to be announced - bear in mind that the news itself originated through a post on the actor's Twitter account, an embedded version of which can be glimpsed below) as one of the world's lesser-known anti-heroes is done and dusted, we've got no doubt that the playing field will have changed dramatically on this front.
Shazam will (according to recent reports) conquer its demons at an auditorium near you in July 2016.
"Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot." My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics pic.twitter.com/Qk55eNf3R7
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 3, 2014