The Rock Has Some Ideas About His Heroic Opposite In ‘Shazam’

The "Furious 7" star weighs in on who he'll go up against in his upcoming superhero epic.

With reporting by Nicole Pajer

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is playing the bad guy (well, anti-hero) in Warner Bros’ upcoming “Shazam…” And that’s basically all we know about the movie. The multi-hyphenate, who also stars in the upcoming “Furious 7,” has been bursting at the seams to talk about the superhero adaptation for years, teasing his involvement in bits and pieces from 2007 to September 3, when he officially, finally confirmed his role in the movie.

For those familiar with the franchise, though, beyond every piece of information, there’s a key piece of info missing: who is playing the title role of Shazam? In the DC Comics the movie is based on, Shazam is secretly Billy Batson, a young boy able to take on fantastic strength and wisdom by uttering one word, “Shazam!” His opposite is Black Adam, who can use the same power but believes he is meant to rule the world. That’s who The Rock is playing, by the way.

There’s been different iterations of both characters, but when MTV News caught up with Johnson at the Los Angeles press day for “Furious 7,” we discovered a little more about what makes Black Adam tick — as well as whether the titular role has been cast yet.

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