For those of you who don’t know, Rampage was a classic Midway arcade game where you played a giant monster that had to completely destroy a city. It was multiplayer, where one player was a totally-not-Godzilla Giant Lizard, another was a totally-not-King-Kong Giant Gorilla, and a third could be a I-can’t-think-of-an-analogue Giant Wolf. I’m mostly familiar with the NES version (which omitted the Wolf), but it was adapted to pretty much everything.
The point though is that games protagonists were the bad guys, and based roughly on the kaiju genre.
Well, in a baffling decision, New Line is planning to adapt Rampage into a film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
This is the most puzzling Midway video game related film news involving Dwayne Johnson since he almost starred in a Spy Hunter movie (and ended up starring in the tie in game for a movie that never existed). I mean, don’t get me wrong – I’m not against this movie happening, I’m just super confused. I mean, I’m assuming that Johnson will play the hero fighting the monsters in the end, and it will end up being like any other human POV Kaiju film — but then why even bother paying for the Rampage name?
Maybe it would keep Toho from suing?
I mean, honestly, I would love to see The Rock in a rubber Kaiju suit punching buildings to the ground, which would capture the irreverence of the original game more than whatever they’ll really make, but I am resigned to probably just getting an entertaining giant monster movie instead.
…but a man can dream.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we talk about Marvels (lack of) plans for an Iron Man 4, the return of The Tick live action series, DashCon rebranding to “EmotiCon”, a Supergirl TV series being developed, the DC Carnival of Sadness being official policy, Dwayne Johnson and Benedict Cumberbatch’s future with DC, and our thoughts on Geek.kon.
Oh, and Nick kept losing his connection. Podcasting is fun!
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Speculation has been rampant as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been hinting at his involvement in the “Shazam” film for a while. Well, it’s time for that speculation to come to and end, as Johnson posted to Twitter that he would be playing Black Adam.
I had originally hoped he would play the Shazam/Captain Marvel character, as it would be nice to have a titular superhero character played by a person of color, but at least as the villain Johnson’s acting chops will have a chance to come out.
It will likely result in another DC Comics film where I end up relating more to the villain than the hero sadly.
Still no word on who will play young Billy Batson or his Shazam alterego, the Shazam film should hit theaters in either 2016 or 2017.
In a recent interview, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson all but confirmed he’d be playing Shazam (nee Captain Marvel) in the rumored upcoming Shazam film (which is supposedly the next film on DC’s Roadmap after “Batman v. Superman”).
Now it’s entirely possible he was implying he was playing a different part, but with a phrase as particular as “say the word” I find it unlikely.
Johnson as Shazam would be an interesting choice. He’s proven himself as a solid action star in both films serious and comedic. Even his performance in “Pain and Gain” (quite possibly the worst film I have ever had the misfortune to sit through in my life) was solid.
Who will play young Billy Batson (Shazam’s true self) is an interesting question, but Johnson may be the one person of color who could be put in the Shazam role that racists won’t whine about.