With Warner Bros. and DC Films’ Shazam! on the horizon, many fans have been asking questions about Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam. Johnson was supposedly set to appear as the powerful villain in earlier plans for the Shazam movie, but it was later confirmed that Mark Strong would feature opposite Zachary Levi as Doctor Sivana, ruling an appearance from Black Adam out entirely. However, both DC and Johnson himself have consistently reassured us that Adam will show up in the Worlds of DC (formerly known as the DCEU) in the near future and most likely in his own solo film.
While The Rock has tried his hand with a variety of genres, including comedy, drama and disaster movies, he has yet to make a splash in the ever-popular superhero space. So when in 2014 the announcement came that he would take on the role of DC Comics’ Shazam antagonist Black Adam his followers got very excited indeed. While the MCU was, and still is, the dominant force in the comic book movie world, Worlds of DC is a franchise that has at least always had great potential, and that prospect has drawn in many talented filmmakers and performers over the years. Johnson being no exception.
Although news on the Black Adam project has been scarce, a recent interview between producer Hiram Garica (also producing Shazam!) and Collider has certainly provided more assurance to eager fans, with Garcia unwaveringly confirming that Black Adam is still a go and that the movie’s script is well underway:
“Black Adam is definitely happening. We’re actually very deep into a script on it right now, which is coming along really well. I’m really excited with the story we’ve crafted. Look, I’ve always been a huge comic book fan. I’ve always had this dream, I’ve always wanted to—You know, you kind of have like these goals of like, ‘One day I’d love to be able to do this and this,’ and making a superhero movie was definitely always one of my dreams. For the longest time, you know you kind of have this living superhero in Dwayne Johnson, so I was always trying to figure out what’s the perfect character that will kind of fit him and his look and his build and his kind of edge and the attitude he’s got.”
“Black Adam just made kind of great sense. It was this kind of really cool antihero, kicks ass, who believes in basically exacting justice in his way with a fascinating backstory, the history he has with regards to having been a former slave and freeing his people and then getting his abilities and what happened from there. So I pitched that to Dwayne early on, and he loved the idea, and we’ve just kind of kept it in the back of our mind. We had a great conversation with Warner Brothers one time years ago, and we all settled on this was our character.”
Garcia seems genuinely thrilled to have The Rock on board and believes in his ability to bring Black Adam to life on screen, hopefully one day opposite Levi’s Shazam. Other than that however, he gives very little away in terms of what we can expect to see in the film and any details of an expected release date. Truthfully, after the amount of projects DC has announced over the last five years, despite its Worlds of DC films not performing consistently, very few appear to have progressed passed the initial brainstorming stage and so it’s understandable if the studio wants to keep things more under wraps at this point so as not to build such high expectations only to disappoint its fans.
Currently, DC Films has four film titles scheduled to arrive before 2020 in Aquaman, Shazam!, Joker and Wonder Woman 1984, plus a number of projects at various stages of development including The Batman, Flashpoint, Suicide Squad 2 and Green Lantern Corps. Where abouts Black Adam sits amid the rest of the pack is not completely clear, although it is presumed that most of the aforementioned titles at least have a script ready to go. If that’s the case then the Johnson-led movie is probably seated towards the back of the queue unless Warners decides to fast track the project, a possibility given The Rock’s current profile and status as a major box office draw.
Black Adam does not yet have an official release date