Production on the previously announced Black Adam film starring Dwayne Johnson as classic DC villain Black Adam is moving forward according to one of the film’s producers, Hiram Garcia.
Garcia was able to talk about the status of the blockbuster DC film in an exclusive interview with Collider. During the interview he states that the film is indeed happening and how it is a role that’s perfect for Johnson.
You can read the interview here:
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.
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Black Adam was set to be the main antagonist in David S. Sandberg’s Shazam! but plans changed at some point during early development which lead to the character being scrapped from the film in favor of Dr. Sivana because they wanted to develop and introduce both characters separately before bringing them together.
So as we were developing an actual Black Adam and Shazam! movie, we were just realizing that both characters are so special that we didn’t want to compromise either of them by cramming them both into the same movie. So that’s why we made the decision to let Shazam! have his own standalone movie and kind of launch him properly, and then we’ll do the same for Black Adam. And so that kind of really freed things up. It allowed us to develop the right version of both.
Garcia also stated that Black Adam is still in early development with the latest version of the film’s script having been submitted to Warner Bros. by Adam Sztykiel.
So where we are now with Black Adam is we just got our latest script [from Adam Sztykiel]. We’re doing some revisions on it. We’re extremely excited about it, the studio’s very excited about it. And I’m telling you man, as a comic book fan, when this thing comes out, it is going to be amazing (laughs). This is the fanboy in me talking to you, it’s going to deliver on the goods of everything you’d want to see Black Adam do, he’s going to be doing in this film.
Garcia was able to boast that fans will not be receiving some boy scout type of anti-hero in the film.
Especially when he’s not a boy scout. Especially when he’s got edge to him. Like, he’s not the boy scout superhero, he’s the guy that’s like, okay, you cross him? Well, I rip your head off, and then I move on to the next guy.
It is not currently known when exactly the cameras could start to roll on the Dwayne Johnson-led DC film, but it has been speculated that filming won’t even start until next fall due to Johnson’s packed schedule. Johnson has been attached to the role of Black Adam since before Warner Bros. made plans to establish the DC Extended Universe franchise.
It is unknown if Black Adam could still make a cameo appearance in a post-credits scene for Shazam! next year but fans can only hope.
Black Adam first appeared in Marvel Family #1 in 1945 and has been portrayed as both a villain and anti-hero in his various appearances. His powers are identical to Shazam’s which includes flight, agility, strength, lightning, and magic.
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