Saturday, May 20, 2017

Latest on Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam; 2007 flashback: Jake Gyllenhaal all wrong to play Shazam

So, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been cast as Shazam's archnemesis Black Adam for what now? About a gajillion years?!? And with no word yet on when -- much less if -- "Shazam" might start filming or get a release date.
(What does Johnson need to do to be convincing as Black Adam? Of course, I wrote an op-ed on that! Waaaay back in September 2014, as a matter of fact. I got your back, CCCers!)

Most recently, Johnson set social media afire by saying a showdown between Black Adam and Superman is on the horizon -- which made the rounds of comic book-related sites. "One fine day ... that's coming," he told Fandango.

Henry Cavill (left) and Armie Hammer are ready for action in this
promotional photo for "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."
And then in December, Johnson really got fans' DC Underoos in a bundle when he posted an Instagram photo when he celebrated Christmas and New Year's with actor Henry Cavill, the Superman of the DC Extended Universe (i.e. DC Entertainment movies).

“Today we drink like gentlemen and come together as friends. We're excited for what the future brings,” Johnson wrote in the caption.

And adding fuel to the long, not-really-burning slow burn, Johnson has said he wants Armie Hammer to play Shazam.

My thought? That's a terrible idea; Hammer has never shown me any reason he can act his way out of a wet paper towel. Besides, his chemistry with Cavill in "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." remake had its moments, but made an already "blah" movie even more so!


Shazam by artist Alex Ross
In fact, Hammer as Shazam might be as poor of a casting idea as Jake Gyllenhaal playing Shazam -- which was making the rounds in 2007 from the then-screenwriter of "Shazam." So let's take another ride in the Cary's Comics Craze time machine to read yet another NORWALK REFLECTOR newspaper column by yours truly, debuting here on CCC ....

2007 -- I hope "Shazam!" screenwriter John August is correct that New Line Cinema producers haven't discussed casting at all.

Jake Gyllenhaal
Why? because I think actor Jake Gyllenhaal is all wrong to play Captain Marvel.

As buff as the 26-year-old actor may be, Gyllenhaal doesn't "embody" the broad-shouldered, barrel-chested hero with big biceps.

"It's ridiculous to talk about casting this early," August told Comiccon.com last month.

A NEW YORK DAILY NEWS columnist started the rumor by citing an anonymous source, saying "director Peter Segal and his fellow producers want to nab Gyllenhaal before 'Spider-Man' director Sam Raimi does" for a possible fourth "Spider-Man" film.

This actually makes sense. Gyllenhaal has more than a passing resemblance to actor Tobey Maguire, who has said he plans to call it quits after "Spider-Man 3" (in theaters May 4).

Hollywood legend has it that just as "Spider-Man 2" was about to start filming, Gyllenhaal was one costume fitting away from taking over because Maguire injured his back during "Seabiscuit."

But, let's face it: The "Brokeback Mountain" star must really want to be in a super hero film. 

Gyllenhaal auditioned for, but lost, the lead role in Christopher Nolan's 2005 blockbuster "Batman Begins." He also was a rumored possibility to play Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent in the 2008 sequel. Aaron Eckhart, who played a corrupt cop in "The Black Dahlia," nabbed the part.

 Adding insult to injury, Nolan recently chose Gyllenhaal's older sister, Maggie, to replace Katie Holmes as Dent's assistant DA in "The Dark Knight."

At least someone in the Gyllenhaal family has a part in a comic book movie!

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