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9/3/14 - Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has finally revealed he will be playing Black Adam, DC Comics character.  Johnson previously confirmed he would play a role in a Warner Bros. adaptation of the DC Entertainment property Shazam.  Black Adam is an earlier version of Shazam from Ancient Egypt who has become an anti-hero in recent years.  Darren Lemke is set to write a script for the Shazam movie, with Hiram Garcia attached in a producer capacity.  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

 

1/22/09 - John August wrote on his blog that his long-gestating Shazam! movie hit a roadblock with Warner Brothers.

 

11/21/08 - Get Smart director will helm a film version of DC Comics' Captain Marvel, part of a three-year deal among Warner Brothers, Segal and his Callahan Filmworks partner Michael Ewing, Variety reported.  Warner acquired the John August-scripted Captain Marvel. Segal and Ewing began working on the film two years ago at New Line, but the property has moved over to Warner.  The movie tells the story of teenage Billy Batson, who transforms into the superhero when he says the word "Shazam!"  The deal comes as Segal prepares to direct a sequel to Get Smart for Warner and Village Roadshow Pictures.

 

06/02/08 - Director Peter Segal, who is developing Billy Batson and the Legend of Shazam, said that writer John August is back working on the script and that the film will go back to the original DC comics for its version of Captain Marvel's origin story.  "There've been several incarnations," Segal said. "And there's a new incarnation about how Billy has to win the approval of the individual gods before he can gain their powers, and that's a completely different take from the original. So, once again, we're staying very faithful to the source material, and we're just continuing to work and try to make the script as good as it can be."  The movie is based on the comics, about a boy who is given the ability to transform into an adult superhero by uttering the magic word "Shazam!" "You have to please the original fans, but also make it survive on its own for people who might not be familiar with the series," Segal said. "So we try to do both, and that's constantly the balancing act.

 

12/31/06 - The comic-book series focuses on Billy Batson, a teenager who becomes the superhero known as Captain Marvel when he utters the magic word "Shazam!" The name is an acronym for six gods and heroes of the ancient world, as well as their attributes: the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Aries, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury.

 

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