The Internet is going slightly bonkers today after a tweet by actor Alan Ritchson where he seemingly confirmed that he will be playing the title hero in the upcoming DCEU film “Shazam!” Former WWE superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has already been confirmed as the film’s villain, Black Adam.
For folks who aren’t familiar with Ritchson, he starred in the college football comedy series “Blue Mountain State” on Spike TV and is familiar to DC Comics fans as Aquaman on the CW television series “Smallville.”
When asked by a fan on Twitter if he was playing the character, Ritchson responded with a resounding “Yup!” That should be all we need to know, right? I mean, this is straight from the horse’s mouth, isn’t it? Well, not exactly.
First of all, if this were official there is no way DC and Warner Bros. would allow the news to come out like this, especially without making a formal announcement immediately after. In all honesty, the odds are pretty high that Alan Ritchson is pulling our collective legs and we currently have only his word to go on. That hasn’t stopped internet bloggers from running with the story full force, of course.
Cosmic Book News is even theorizing that because Ritchson played a motion capture character in the current “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” franchise that maybe DC is going the mo-cap route for Shazam. OK, first of all that logic doesn’t follow. He isn’t Andy Serkis – an actor known mostly for mo-cap roles – and Ritchson has played many live action roles before. Besides that, there is nothing in the Shazam character that would necessitate it to be a fully CGI character. Shazam will NOT be a mo-cap character. Whoever does end up playing him will he an actor in a suit.
What do you guys think? Is Alan Ritchson trolling us all? Is he really playing Shazam? Will Channing Tatum’s “Gambit” ever get off the ground? Let us know in the comments.