Black Adam Releases HBO Max Debut After Disappointing Box-Office Run Amidst Sequel Cancelation

Black Adam Releases HBO Max Debut After Disappointing Box-Office Run
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HBO Max has officially announced Warner Bros’ Black Adam release date on the streaming platform. Just in time for the holidays, the movie is coming to the small screen this December 16. Black Adam arrived in theaters last October 21, introducing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s new character in the DC Universe.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

The announcement was posted on HBO Max’s official Twitter account. Johnson stars as the titular hero in Black Adam, marking DC’s “new era” and the introduction of the Justice Society of America. The movie also stars Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, and Sarah Shahi as Adrianna Tomaz.

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Will HBO Max Save Black Adam’s Box-Office Performance?

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

Black Adam underperformed at the box office, amassing less than $400M over its entire theatrical run. This underwhelming result would cost Warner Bros Discovery a total of $100M loss. Even the leaked footage of Black Adam and Henry Cavill’s Superman face-off in the post-credits did not entice many audiences.

The planned sequel for the movie is now in a critical position. While the earnings are sufficient enough to produce a second installment, the recent news about DC Studios’ CEO James Gunn scrapping the sequel only shortened the chances.

Still, the franchise has a fighting chance when it arrives on HBO Max. Audiences can now watch the movie in the comfort of their homes over the holidays. Streaming services like HBO Max have become a big help for studios trying to save their franchises. If somehow it manages to become a success, DC Studios would feel more inclined to approve the sequel.


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The Future Of Black Adam And Other DC Projects

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

Black Adam is not the only DC movie affected by the earth-shattering news delivered a few days ago. James Gunn also plans to cancel the sequels to Cavill’s Man of Steel and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman. The follow-up film to Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman has officially been scrapped. Now, this puts Black Adam 2 in a difficult situation.

The only fighting chances the franchise holds are The Rock’s charm and relentless perseverance to push through with the second installment. Fun fact: he was the one who convinced the studio to bring back Cavill’s Superman, and he successfully did. The Rock also plans to produce the movie via Seven Bucks Productions, his own company.


Despite the box office results, Black Adam is Johnson’s best solo opening in his entire career. Only time could tell if the movie will perform well this December 16 on HBO Max.

Source: HBO Max Twitter

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Written by Ariane Cruz

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Ariane Cruz, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.