Dwayne Johnson Talks Playing HERCULES And Potential Superhero Roles

The Rock offers some new details for Brett Ratner's Hercules, saying that it's "darker in tone" and that he hopes it'll respect the mythology. He also sounds certain that he'll land a superhero role someday after losing out on Shazam and Lobo.

Speaking with Cinema Blend while promoting G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson talks about his upcoming performance as Hercules in the Brett Ratner-directed adaptation of the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars. He says the fact that Die Hard 2 director Renny Harlin is helming his own 3D Hercules movie, which is targeting a March 2014 release, doesn't bother him at all. He also says that the film is "darker in tone", and that he wishes to honor and respect the Hercules mythology in the adaptation. Finally, he gives some more detail into what to expect from the costume.

"I was born to play Hercules. I have loved and honored the mythology over the years – since I was a kid. When I first broke into Hollywood, Hercules was one of the movies that I, not chased, because I didn’t have the power to chase anything, but always had in the back of my mind. Everything happens for a reason, and it’s come back around full circle. Hold on, check this out…[fumbles around in his pocket for his phone, take it out and searches through it] So this was me last week with the director and all of the producers, slipping into character and becoming Hercules [shows picture of him in character, which features him with long hair hanging over his face, looking somber, and wearing a tattered shirt]. That will give you the idea of the type of movie we want to make and the definitive version of Hercules that we want. It’s going to be darker in tone, based on the awesome graphic novel. It’s full-on. We talked about, for example, the mythology of G.I. Joe, but here’s a mythology we have to honor and respect, and in doing so we’re bringing in big writers, and we based it off a much darker graphic novel. There’s tragedy and there’s pain, and in respecting the mythology of Hercules you find that he lives in pain and he lives in tragedy, and lives not to accept his fate or faith, until he finally does and it becomes a powerful moment. So yeah, we’re ready."

Johnson has also been associated with some unproduced comic book movies, namely DC Comics adaptations Lobo and Shazam. The Rock was in talks to play the title role in the former, while he was attached to the Black Adam role in the latter a few years ago. Here, he talks about why both projects were shelved, and says that he will end up playing a superhero someday. "It [Lobo] kind of came and went. It came – I thought it was interesting – and then it kind of went away? Shazam was more interesting. And really interesting to me. I would have loved that, especially the idea of playing Black Adam. Again, though, studios start to look at other properties and other superhero properties, what makes sense and what doesn’t, but I’ll be a superhero down the line." If any, which comic book character would you like to see Johnson play?

You can next see Dwayne Johnson in action in G.I. Joe: Retaliation on March 28th. Hercules is set to hit theaters July 25th, 2014.

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