Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been linked to Batman vs. Superman for months, ever since he revealed that he would be teaming up with Warner Bros. and DC Comics this year in an unannounced role. Johnson hasn’t been shy about the character he’d like to play — he’s a big fan of Green Lantern. He spoke with a group of reporters at CinemaCon this week and the Green Lantern rumors quickly came up again. Here’s what The Rock had to say:
So let’s address the green elephant in the room. Are you going to be Green Lantern?
[Laughs] Okay, well since you asked. We’re all friends. So, you know, 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.
It was going to be Black Adam for awhile, right?
Well, here’s the thing — so we’ve been having these ongoing discussions. I won’t tell you who it is, but I’ll tell you the three qualities we’re looking for, okay? This is going to be fun!
Does he wear a ring?
[Laughs] Can’t say that, but here we go. Here are three qualities. 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 third thing — and most important — is he had to be a badass motherf***er, okay, and on a Superman level of power, where [he] could throw down. In those three qualities, I’m happy we’ve found that character. Right now, we’re out to a lot of writers.
I think it’s interesting that he never flat out denied that he’d be playing Green Lantern. Johnson also said that it’s possible we’ll learn more about his mystery role at Comic-Con this July.
Shortly after this interview was published Johnson held a “Rock Talk”, where he answered fans questions on Twitter.
Whatever role he ends up playing, it’s possible that he’ll show up in Batman vs. Superman or a Justice League movie, since Warner Bros. is trying to build a unified universe much like Marvel did with The Avengers. What do you make of all of this? Let me know in the comments below.