In DC's "Infinite Crisis" series, Captain Marvel is charged with rebuilding the Rock of Eternity. It seems only fitting then that the real-life Rock (Dwayne Johnson) should return the favor and help revive "The World's Mightiest Mortal" in next year's big-screen adaptation of "Shazam!"
While Johnson has only been rumored to take on the role of Captain Marvel, the actor certainly sounded like the role was his. "The project's really, really exciting. Everybody involved, from the writer [John August] to the producers and [the director] Pete Segal, is very passionate about it," Johnson told MTV News. "We'll see what happens."
The alter-ego of young Billy Batson, Captain Marvel possesses 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 (the first letters of which spell S.H.A.Z.A.M.). But don't expect to hear that from The Rock, who candidly admitted he knew very little about the character. "I didn't know that much about it until I talked to Pete about it — talked to John August about it — and then I started talking to a lot of fans about it, and they started educating me on it," he confessed.
The Rock is one of the few stars able to convincingly play both comedy and action. So with a somewhat goofy premise located between "Superman" and "Big" (a young boy says a word and becomes an adult hero) will "Shazam!" be played straight or for laughs? "That's a good question, it could go either way," Johnson coyly replied. "We'll just have to wait and see when the script comes out."
See the full video of our interview with The Rock after the jump.