The Captain Marvel movie might be stalled in the eternal limbo of “who’s next?” in the comic book movie world, but Shazam scribe Bill Birch got talking about the project just hinting at the feel of his treatment.
” The way the story is shaking out, Geoff and I see this not as “dark” as Dark Knight
but definitely as cool. It’ll probably end up with a PG-13 rating. Tonally I think it’s important to successfully find the balance of comedy
and danger in the story. That’s a major aspect I’m focusing on. Frankly hitting the right tone is what’s going to either get this made or keep it in development hell.”
So…PG13… Does that mean Disney’s new protege Dwayne Johnson will indeed appear as Black Adam like it’s been rumored for a long time? “I know that Pete Segal and Dwayne have a relationship that was solidified when Pete directed Get Smart. As far as him being committed? I’m sure it’ll all depend on the script. That being the case I don’t write with anyone in mind.”
In a complete twist, a movie is attempting to identify just how cool it will be despite it not being dark? Very dangerous ground there!
I honestly don’t see this landing on the radar as more than talk for a long while to come, which is a shame. Shazam is certainly a story I think could happen, and WB/Dc needs a hit that isn’t Batman. I don’t think they will find that hit with Lobo, but they certainly are headed the right way with Green Lantern.
If Lantern is a hit, I could see this getting closer to reality.
And I think that Dwayne Johnson was BORN to play Black Adam. Even before Johnson was a celebrity they drew Black Adam to look just like they knew what he would one day look like.