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Dwayne Johnson Hints at Potential DC Movie Character Role

Nowadays it's not enough to make plans for one film at a time, when you're playing the superhero movie game. Marvel Studios has projects roughly planned out through to 2021, while Sony and 20th Century Fox have a tentative release schedule worked out for the studios' respective Marvel film properties (Spider-Man for Sony, Fantastic Four and X-Men for Fox) on through to 2018.

Elsewhere, Warner Bros. and DC have Batman vs. Superman in 2016, but beyond that it's just been rumor and speculation, as far as future DC releases are concerned. Cast members like the new Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) have reportedly been signed to multi-picture contracts (which include a potential Justice League movie). There's also been discussion online about Warners/DC developing lower-budgeted superhero genre offerings in the years ahead, based on niche comic book properties like Suicide Squad and Booster Gold - again, though, nothing official has been announced (nor have any release dates been staked out).

Point is, since we don't have a confirmed DC project beyond the Man of Steel sequel, whenever a big name star is linked to the DC movie universe of late, we tend to assume there're being considered for a role in Batman vs. Superman - be it significant or an introduction to them having a larger presence in Justice League. That was certainly the case back just before 2013 drew to a close, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson revealed that he was in talks with WB/DC about a role.

So what might that role be, then? Well, The Rock made the trip to Las Vegas this week for the 2014 CinemaCon, in order to promote his upcoming mythology/swords and sandal adventure Hercules (watch the trailer that dropped earlier today). No surprise, he didn't offer reporters an explicit answer to their questions about his ongoing discussion with DC, though he did offer three hints about the comic book character he's got his eye on right now (via Coming Soon):

"The first quality we were looking for is that he had to be extremely complex and have a lot going on and what that does for me as an actor and for the studio, just gives us space that we can explore his complexities. The other quality is that the character we were looking for had to be well known but never brought to life. That does, again as an actor, is that it gives me a little bit of space and it just gives me a chance to put an imprint into his personality with the set of tools that I can 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 that he had to be a badass mother***ker and on a Superman level of power where he could throw down.

"In those three qualities, I'm happy we've found that character and right now we're out to a lot of writers."

It wasn't long after Johnson dropped the bomb about his renewed DC talks in December 2013 that the rumor started him being eyed to play the John Stewart Green Lantern. Technically, that character fits those three qualifications that Johnson described - recall it was Hal Jordan, not Stewart, who was featured in the 2011 Green Lantern live-action movie - but earlier today, Johnson appeared to shoot that idea down:

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Dwayne Johnson Hints at Potential DC Movie Character Role