'Shazam': Dwayne Johnson torn between hero and villain roles

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After months of rumors on the subject and a few indirect hints, The Rock has confirmed that he will have a role in the upcoming DC Comics movie, although it remains undecided which character he will play.

In an interview with the Associated Press, the "Hercules" star explained that he is currently in talks with Warner to determine whether he will take on the role of the superhero Shazam or the antagonist Black Adam.

Whether dropping a hint as to the more likely outcome or simply making conversation, Johnson noted that he has always been a fan of antiheroes and that Black Adam just happens to be one of his favorite characters in the DC universe.

The "Shazam" comic series, first introduced in 1940 under the name "Captain Marvel," focus on Billy Batson, a 12-year-old boy who has the ability to transform into Captain Marvel simply by saying the word "Shazam." An acronym of the names of six ancient gods and heroes, the magic word summons their powers: the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury.

Captain Marvel's formidable opponent, Black Adam has the same powers as the superhero but uses them for evil instead of good.

Though no official announcements have been made, rumors suggest that the "Shazam" movie could hit theaters as early as July 2016.