Warner Bros has hired Darren Lemke (Jack The Giant Slayer) to write the script for the film, with Johnson attached to star. Shazam focuses on Billy Batson, who can become the hero known as Captain Marvel by saying the word, "Shazam!" which grants him the powers of six mythological gods.
Johnson's character, Black Adam, has long been the nemesis for the hero, but in recent comics, he has set upon a path to change his nature and make amends for his past. And that would seem to be the embryonic film's angle, as hinted at in Johnson's recent tweet about the role.
"Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot." My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics pic.twitter.com/Qk55eNf3R7
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 3, 2014
Of course it's early days, with Lemke only just kicking off work and no director attached, no schedule has been set for the movie. But the news also gives credence to word of Warner Bros registering a batch of new domain names.
As for when Shazam will make its appearance? That's still very much up in the air. But Warners Bros has a lot of release dates to fill and having Johnson locked in for one of the movies certainly helps figure out one of them. As always, watch this space.