DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have been developing a comic book adaptation of DC Comics' character Captain Marvel for years. Titled Billy Batson and the Legend of Shazam for legal reasons, since Marvel has its own character with the same name, the movie would follow the young Billy Batson, who can become the superhero Captain Marvel after uttering the word "Shazam!" In 2009 alone, the movie went from being declared dead to starting fresh.
However, since then, the project has languished, though Dwayne Johnson hasn't given up hope. Attached to the movie as Black Adam, the movie's supervillain, Johnson told MTV that he's still hopeful the movie will get made.
I haven't let it go. I love that idea. I've always loved the idea of playing Black Adam. In Hollywood, a lot of times when something is in development, it just takes a lot of time. So it's in development hell right now. Who knows what's going to happen with that. Maybe, maybe not — I'm always here.
A Captain Marvel movie was made in 1941, and since then the character has appeared in animated form or in a 1970s live-action TV show, a trend that could continue. In August of last year, The LA Times reported that Captain Marvel could end up as another TV show instead of a movie. As usual, not much has happened since. Posted 04.05.11 by Ryan