New Line President Talks Shazam Movie, Screenwriter Confirmed

Earlier today, Dwayne Johnson finally revealed that he will be stepping into the role of Black Adam for the upcoming Shazam movie, and now Entertainment Weekly has revealed a number of new tidbits about the production, including that Warner Bros. subsidiary New Line Cinema will produce the film and that screenwriter Darren Lemke (Jack the Giant Slayer, Turbo) will draft the upcoming film.

“It feels to me like Shazam will have a tone unto itself,” New Line president Toby Emmerich told the outlet. “It’s a DC comic, but it’s not a Justice League character, and it’s not a Marvel comic. The tone and the feeling of the movie will be different from the other range of comic book movies.”

Emmerich went on to clarify about the film’s tone, adding it “will have a sense of fun and a sense of humor. But the stakes have to be real.”

He was also asked about Johnson’s role of Black Adam in the film, which he says is a “complex character.”

“The villain in superhero movies is often, I think, what makes the movie. And I thought Dwayne’s take on the character, and the way that he saw Black Adam, was really compelling and fun.”

No official release date has been set for the film yet, but a rumor back in June pointed toward a Shazam film opening in 2016 along with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.