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After months of speculation and giddy, delightful wishes and hopeful tweets from the man himself, Dwayne Johnson has officially revealed his role in the DC Movie Universe via Twitter. (and reported on by Variety). While it’s been known for some time that he would play some part in that evolving franchise, it took time to pinpoint exactly where he would land. He wasn’t to be a villain in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, he wasn’t to be their Aquaman and he vehemently denied he would be Green Lantern. Instead, he is indeed in a standalone Shazam movie, as he has consistently teased on social media and practically confirmed back in July — but at the time he didn’t divulge whether he would play the title superhero or the villain, Black Adam. You can’t blame the man. Johnson’s a guy of simple tastes. He loves pro wrestling, lifting at the gym, being one of the nicest guys in Hollywood and reading the “Shazam” comic books. So the likelihood that he would play one of the lead roles in Shazam has been big news for his Twitter feed. And today is no different, as he went online to Tweet that we should all “kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot.”

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Will he play the titular Shazam or will he play the nemesis Black Adam? That seems to be the question of the day for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who is either giving the world insight about an upcoming DC superhero role via his Twitter account or trolling everyone during the week of Comic-Con. It would be a nice, albeit cruel ruse to continue to talk about a big superhero reveal while Comic-Con is raging, especially on a weekend when you’re big tentpole Hercules hits theaters. We will likely know much more tomorrow afternoon when Warner Bros. takes the stage in San Diego to lay out their plans for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and beyond, but for now we’ve got these tweets from The Rock himself.

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We’re likely to get the official announcement this weekend at Comic-Con, but the cat is peeking out the bag regarding a DC Comics superhero role for Dwayne Johnson. He hinted in a recent interview with Total Film that he has finally found the character for him, and without naming names he basically revealed that character is Shazam. “Just say the word,” he not-so-cryptically said at the end of the conversation, which is a pretty good giveaway considering Shazam, aka Captain Marvel, becomes his super-powered self when a kid named Billy Batson exclaims the word “Shazam.” He also reverts to his younger self by saying it again. Johnson also noted that his secret role has the powers of Superman, and Shazam certainly has those. In fact, he was believed to be modeled after the more famous DC hero when Captain Marvel debuted in the pages of competitors Fawcett Comics. Presumably Shazam, a movie already slated for 2016 with Peter Segal (Grudge Match) producing and possibly directing, will be a part of the Justice League mega-franchise that Warner Bros. is building (to be kicked off/continued in 2016 with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). That could be chalked up to producers truly believing that Johnson is the opposite of kryptonite for troubled franchises — which Justice League has been before even getting off the ground. Shazam has been part of the team at times, yet he’s not one of the core JL characters that we tend to think of as being a member. […]

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The flames are hot here in development hell, and there’s way too much cocaine. Way, way too much. So why wouldn’t we come back? When we first examined 8 Promised Movies That Still Haven’t Been Made, it was an exploration of the complex world of filmmaking where the smallest issue can derail an entire project potentially worth millions. Nervous executives, scheduling conflicts, hangnails. Getting a movie made is a miracle, and even those that get hailed in the press as moving forward are sometimes abandoned. Considering our national grand obsession with hypotheticals, here are 8 more movies we were told would happen that haven’t (including some that won’t).

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With the hiring of Bill Birch, should we be celebrating taking chances on new talent or still lamenting the loss of John August? Either way, Captain Marvel still has a long way to go.

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As scribe John August explained on his personal blog yesterday, Shazam! has died in the script stage due to some cold feet and misguided direction of the execs at Warner Bros.

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Captain Marvel

The last time we were talking about the Captain Marvel movie, known to many as Shazam!, director Peter Segal and I were sitting at Comic-Con in 2007. And a year later the project has made a comeback.

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Perhaps to avoid confusions and comparisons to the 1996 blockbuster Kazaam, the new Captain Marvel project is being renamed.

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“Fat guy in a little coat… Fat guy in a little coat.” No, this isn’t a reenactment of when “Fat Guys at the Movies” co-host Kevin Carr goes into the Big & Tall store to buy a jacket. It is a quote from one of the most famous fat guy comedies, TOMMY BOY. I had a chance to sit down and talk to the man who directed that flick, Peter Segal. It turns out, Pete has a new movie coming out and a few projects on the horizon. His new film is GET SMART, starring Steve Carrell as Maxwell Smart, Anne Hathaway as Agent 99, The Rock as Agent 23, Alan Arkin as the Chief and Terrance Stamp as the mastermind behind KAOS. The film is based on the very popular 1960’s TV show of the same name — and with this renewed version, Segal and squad are just looking to pay their respects.

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