Dwayne Johnson says he's going to play a superhero character that has never been filmed before and denies the Green Lantern rumor.
The Rock discusses long-running rumors regarding his mystery superhero role for Warner Bros.' upcoming movie based on DC Comics property. In a panel for "Hercules" at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Dwayne Johnson confirms talks with DC and reveals three qualities in a character that they were looking for to bring to the big screen.
"There's been mutual interest with myself and DC for many years to find the right character. I, like everyone here in the room, love superheroes. So there's been mutual interest with us for years, and we've been having ongoing discussions, myself and DC, for years about the right character, what the right character would be. That's another thing, too: it had to be right," he said.
When pressed about what superhero character he's eying to play, the former pro-wrestler spilled as quoted by Collider, "The first quality we were looking for was that he had to be extremely complex and have a lot going on. What that does for me as an actor and the studio is it gives us space that we can explore; his complexities."
"The other quality was that he had to - the character we were looking for had to be well-known but never brought to life. Then what that does again as an actor, it gives me a little bit of space, and we talked about personality. It just gives me a chance to put an imprint into his personality, with the set of tools that I could bring to the table and put a very unique twist on his personality, but still pay homage to who he is."
The Rock has been rumored to play John Stewart, a more recent recruit of Green Lantern after Hal Jordan retired. He was once also attached to portray Black Adam, a character who was initially created as a villain but later revived as an antihero trying to clear his name in "Shazam!" comic series which was originally called Captain Marvel before it was disputed by Marvel Comics.
In a question and answer on Twitter, the actor reiterated, "Myself & DC have agreed on a character.. extremely complex, well known (but never played) and a pure BAD A** MF;) #RockTalk." He later denied the Green Lantern rumor, "Green Lantern (John Stewart) and Black Adam are my fav superheroes, but GL's already been made and stamped. #RockTalk."
The project is in early stage of development and still looking for a writer. In the meantime, The Rock will next play Hercules due July 25 and will reprise his role as Luke Hobbs in "Fast and Furious 7" slated for summer next year. He is also attached to star in disaster film "San Andreas".