“BLACK ADAM” FILM FOLLOWS SAME TONE AS “SHAZAM!”
BLACK ADAM FOLLOWS SHAZAM!‘S LEAD WITH CHOICE OF SCRIPTWRITER
Fresh off the news of Shazam! casting Zachary Levi as its lead, news on the titular character’s counterpart has dropped. While the Shazam! film will star a relatively fish-out-of-water style actor, the director actually specializes in gritty and dark themes, such as Annabelle: Creation.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was long confirmed to be Black Adam, Shazam!’s counterpart, however nobody knew if Black Adam would appear in the standalone Shazam! film. Black Adam is getting his own standalone film and in order to match (or counter) the Shazam! film, an interesting choice in scriptwriter was made.
The Black Adam film will star The Rock but will follow a script written by Adam Sztykeil. Sztykeil is the creator of the NBC show Undateable and also wrote the scripts for Alvin and the Chimpmunks: The Road Chip, Due Date and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. These films are more known for mild child/teenage humor along with spells of awkwardness that the characters must endure. Despite The Rock playing tough, rugged action heroes, he has played his fair share of family-oriented characters.
There’s no word on a director for the film as the script will be used to lure one out. Perhaps the Black Adam character will take a dark approach to the child-like whimsy that is Shazam! or perhaps Sztykeil is exercising a different muscle with this script. After all, we never really planned on Zachary Levi becoming Shazam!.