It’s been well noted that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had a unique opportunity when asked to come on board the SHAZAM! movie. By that I mean he was offered the choice to either be SHAZAM! or Black Adam. As we all know, he’ll play the villainous yet very anti-heroish Black Adam. But that does leave the question: Why did he choose him?
“I felt ultimately, and this is with all due respect to Shazam/Billy Batson, it’s a mythology that I love; it’s been with me for almost ten years now; what made me choose Black Adam? I just felt Black Adam was inherently more interesting to me because I felt there were more layers to Black Adam starting out as a slave and then ultimately becoming the anti-hero who we enjoy today”, he said.
It’s also been noted that he asked fans whom they wanted him to play, though the votes were close, Black Adam won in the end. So between the mythology and the fan aspect, it’s easy to see why he choose Black Adam.