DC Dispatches: SHAZAM!, Batman vs Superman, Aquaman & The Flash

Whether it’s Warner Bros, The CW or the DC stable themselves, here are the world-wide mutterings!

This week: Who will The Rock be in the SHAZAM Movie, Batfleck talks Dawn of Justice, Aquaman gets to choose from two scripts and The Kurgan joins The Flash!

SHAZAM: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has been rumoured to star in any number of DC based movies for some time now, but it appears that Johnson himself has narrowing it down to just one: “I will be playing a DC comics character. It’s the story of Shazam,” said Johnson, “but I can’t say if my role is Shazam or Black Adam. We’ve been developing this for some time, and I’ve always been fan of anti-heroes. This one in particular, I think we’ll be doing it justice. I’m putting my heart and soul and bones in this role. I’ve been interested in two characters my whole career, they’ve been my favourites since I was a child: Green Lantern and Black Adam. I think we’ve just made the announcement!” he continued.

SHAZAM!, originally known as the Fawcett Comics’ Captain Marvel, is a young boy called with the power of Greek heroes, on par with the Big Boy Scout himself. An ancient wizard, called Shazam, tells Billy that all he has to do is say “SHAZAM!” and he transforms into a muscular adult, garnered with his incredible powers – the word SHAZAM is an acronym for:

  • S The wisdom of Solomon
  • H The strength of Hercules
  • A The stamina of Atlas;
  • Z The power of Zeus;
  • A The courage of Achilles;
  • M The speed of Mercury..

Black Adam, in comic-book canon, is a similar champion from Ancient Egypt, who also wields the power of the Shazam, although he rarely if ever transforms back into a mere mortal. In the modern comic era, Adam is more of an anti-hero who, in being tethered o his ancient roots, tends to adhere to an almost Old Testament-style of morally absolute justice – often pitting him up against the more liberal JLA. In any event, it will be interesting to see how fan favourite Johnson can bring these saga-like character(s) to the screen.

Batman V Superman: Ben Affleck is still having to deal with the mixed fan reaction to his casting as the Dark Knight, although in his mind, he’s clearly confident he can pull the character off: “Before I took the role, Warner Bros. gave me a bunch of past reactions to casting and said, ‘Are you sure you want to get into this? This is part and parcel of these movies now. There’s a lot of active fans with a lot of opinions.’” he said. “To me, having been through a certain amount of that, it doesn’t really… Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. I wouldn’t have taken the part if I didn’t trust my instincts in terms of the filmmaking. I think Chris Terrio wrote a terrific script, Zack’s a great visual director, and there’s an interesting take. I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t think I could do it. I have the benefit of a lot of that understanding. But also, everyone is entitled to their opinion. That’s a big part of this international sport. The Fifty Shades Of Grey kid or whatever it is. That’s sort of become a thing.”

That said, he’s clearly under no illusion why people are so protective and opinionated about The Batman franchise: “You know what? It’s great that people do care that much,” he added. “They want to see the movie that much. And it is incumbent on you to honour the story. There are the Greek myths and these are the American myths. The American myths are these superheroes. People care about ‘em a lot, and it’s incumbent on you to do a good job and make it as excellent as you possibly can. At the end of the day, the movie’s all that matters.”

Commenting on the physical demands of the role, he said: “I’m right in the middle of shooting now. It’s a process that I’ll probably have better perspective on when I’m done. I can tell you that every time I do a role, it’s the responsibility of an actor to get their physical self as close to the role as possible. And Batman’s obviously got a set of expectations that are tough. So I spent a lot of time working out. And it’s a far cry from Gone Girl where my character is described as “puffy and hungover.” I want you to know I worked equally hard at both!”

As someone who was initially against Batfleck’s casting, given the outline of an aging Batman first meeting a green Superman and building the foundations of the JLA, I’m inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt and see how the movie turns out… Daredevil wasn’t that bad!

Aquaman: in prep for Aquaman to be added to the JLA after Batman vs Superman, Warner Bros’ writers are already working on scripts for a solo movie. Screenwriters Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad are penning the film, and for some reason, they are working on two different scripts. Jason Momoa, best known as Dothraki, Khal Drogo, in Game Of Thrones, and Conan the Barbarian in the recent less-than-successful reboot, is being cast as Aquaman for Batman V Superman, and there is no reason to suggest that he will not hold the lead role in the standalone movie as well.

The Flash: Ahead of the airings for both Arrow Season 3 and The Flash, the major two-episode crossover between The CW’s two superhero shows is being preceded by a smaller one as a new Flash villain and a returning Arrow villain team up against Barry Allen (Grant Gustin). At the moment the The Flash foe is unknown, but the returning Arrow villain will be William Tockman (Robert Knepper), the Clock King, last seen in Arrow Season 2 Episode 14, ‘Time Of Death’. The CW exec producer Andrew Kreisberg said, “We wanted to give Barry a real challenge… TWO bad guys! Barry will be fighting both a new enemy and one of our scariest and most successful Arrow villains in the Clock King.”

I am currently in Scotland writing this week’s column, embarking on a Highlander movie location shoot holiday tour, and so am pleased as Punch to hear that Clancy “The Kurgan” Brown has joined the cast of The Flash. Brown will play General Wade Eiling, debuting in Episode 5 as ”the head of a black ops army team pursuing Plastique (Kelly Frye) in the hopes of using her as a human weapon.” Described as a tall and imposing man, with ‘a face carved from years of duty,’ Eiling is fanatically intent on protecting American interests around the world, and may have ties to a central Flash character.” In the comics, General Wade Eiling is known simply as ‘The General’, a nefarious character who blackmails Nathaniel Adam into an experiment that ultimately transforms him into Captain Atom (and subsequently disappearing for over a decade), and then marries Adam’s wife. Later on, to cure his own brain tumour, Eiling steals the superhuman healing & vast strength of the inappropriately named Shaggy Man, a Silver Age JLA villain. All I know is when you watch Brown in Highlander, as Frankenstein’s Monster in The Bride, or in Starship Troopers, the man delivers in spades!

Sources: La NacionEWThe Hollywood ReporterTVLineThe Hollywood Reporter,

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