Okay… I know there’s been a lot of “Buzz” about this, but let’s talk RATIONALLY about this for a second.
The current trend in the comic book world is to add ethnicity to their characters. To that I say too little, too late. (But that is an entirely different subject altogether.)
Here’s the facts, while Dwayne Johnson would be awesome in the role of a super hero, I think that the role of Shazam/Captain Marvel is not the fit that people think that it could be. I personally believe he’s revealing that he’s going to play a different “one word” super, my money, my hope is that he’ll play Black Adam. Here’s the break down why.
1. Black Adam, is of Egyptian origin. While Dwayne Johnson is NOT Egyptian (interracial Black/Samoan), he can easily Pass for a person of Egyptian origin based on appearance as shown by his portrayal of the “Scorpion King” in The Mummy II.
2. Black Adam’s look and build matches more closely with Johnson’s look and physique.
3. Finally, the most important thing to remember. The word “Shazam” is used by both Captain Marvel and Black Adam.
So, that being said, if I were casting director for this film, that would be the route that I would go. It would offer Johnson the opportunity to diversify his acting ability as well as make for a more interesting cast choice.
Deakins: Shadows In The Valley — a wonderful tribute to Roger Deakins’ stellar work by Plot Point Productions.
He is the snowy Beatles mop behind the lens of an award-winning list — Fargo, The Shawshank Redemption, No Country for Old Men, A Beautiful Mind — and has worked with moviedom’s greats: Sam Mendes, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Edward Zwick, and, in a near-25-year partnership, the Coen brothers. Joel and Ethan have collaborated with the Devon-born Deakins on 11 of their films, more than half their oeuvre, beginning with 1991’s acclaimed Barton Fink. But even with Deakins’s trophy collection — three BAFTAs, his field’s highest lifetime-achievement award, the first C.B.E. ever given to a cinematographer — he has not yet won an Academy Award, despite 11 previous nominations, including two in 2008, for No Country for Old Men and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
ROGER DEAKINS: WEBLIOGRAPHY
- Panoply of eccentric biographical data re: the cinephile’s cinematographer
- Roger Deakins talks about one of his favorite scenes from The Shawshank Redemption
- Roger Deakins talks about one of his favorite scenes from No Country for Old Men
- Top cinematographers reveal their favourite movie moments: Roger Deakins
- An in-depth discussion on working with the Coen Brothers
- A modest lens: an interview with Roger Deakins
- Roger Deakins’ handwritten list of his 10 greatest movies
- Roger Deakins, keeping an eye on the small things
- Roger Deakins talks after a screening of The Shawshank Redemption
- Roger Deakins discusses going digital with the Arri Alexa
- Creative lighting and camera work in the Assassination of Jesse James
- Painting with pixels: O’ Brother, Where Art Thou
- Cinefii: Roger Deakins
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