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“We kept talking about this and they kept saying no”: Black Adam Star The Rock Trashes Old WB Leadership, Claims They Didn’t Want Henry Cavill Back as Superman

The Rock had complaints about the old Warner Bros. regime

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s promise of ushering in a new era to the DCEU seems to have brought fruitful, exciting, and sensational results. What earlier seemed like a dream is now the reality, and fans could not be more ecstatic. The present scenario, however, has been the aftermath of years and years of arduous hard work, negotiations, and a constant attempt at listening to the fans. 

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Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam

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In a recent red-carpet interview, one of the former professional wrestler’s statements garnered considerable traction. While people had their fair share of suspicions concerning the earlier regime that presided over the managerial decisions influencing the DCEU, The Rock’s claim seems to have cemented those beliefs.

How The Rock Listened To The Fans

One Twitter user brought everyone’s attention to an interview clip that involved the Black Adam star talking about the old Warner Bros. leadership that debarred the now much-confirmed Henry Cavill cameo in the post-credits scene of the Dwayne Johnson-starrer from happening. Take a look: 

Before tackling the premise of the old regime that, as per rumors and other statements, was too stringent about various aspects of the DCEU and on occasions, had to deal with management inconsistencies time and again, we shall first highlight the importance that The Rock has emphasized when it comes to listening to the audience. In this interview, the actor stated that Cavill’s inclusion as Superman serves the narrative of the entire DC Universe and also “takes care of the fans.” 

It can be ascertained, without an ounce of doubt, that the Jumanji alum is known for having his fans inspire, motivate, and guide him. Similarly, the former WWE sensation, a long-time enjoyer of the DC comics himself, must have known and immediately acknowledged the vitality of hearing out the fans’ wishes and adhering to those demands. 

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson at Black Adam premiere

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In various other interviews, The Rock kept affirming that he knew, throughout these years, the fans were hurting; their demands were consistently unfulfilled, and the desire to see their favorite stars return in their stipulated roles was plaguing their hearts. The neglect was what led the Baywatch actor into incorporating elements into Black Adam that would not only make the movie entertaining but also bring to fruition the aspirations of the fans who have long advocated for Henry Cavill’s return. 

Needless to say, the Hollywood stalwart has succeeded in appealing to the otherwise ignored fans who have long campaigned for the comeback of Cavill’s Superman.

The Rock Made A Subtle Dig At The Old Warner Bros. Regime

The earlier WB regime did not want Henry Cavill's Black Adam cameo
The earlier WB regime did not want Henry Cavill’s Black Adam cameo

In the same clip, Johnson continued elaborating on the importance of Superman’s confirmed arrival which has opened up the doors to limitless possibilities. It is helping both Black Adam and the larger extent of the expansive DCEU. Following is what he had to say:

“I feel that this serves not only Black Adam but the entire DC Universe … Phone calls, meetings … But, man, this was years. This was six years to get that done. I’m going to say that again six years we first started talking about this and they kept saying no.”

As can be confirmed by the above statement, the entire process was a painstakingly long one. Most of the time, it resulted in severe and continued rejections, presumably under the control of the earlier DC Films Board. It took years of negotiations, phone calls, and meetings to make history happen. While The Rock-starring Black Adam is ushering in a new era for the DCEU, it is appearing to do justice to the past as well. 

Therefore, one can affirm that the efforts of the former pro-wrestler have led to greater, more successful results.

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David Zaslav, the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery

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The Rock also seems to have acknowledged that the current leadership and superintendence under CEO David Zaslav is presumably the reason behind the establishment of the smooth-flowing narrative and business choices. As claimed by Johnson:

“That leadership [the old one] is not there anymore. We usher in a new era of the DC Universe.”

If a mere regime change could’ve allowed Dwayne Johnson to bring such a tremendous possibility to fruition, one can only imagine what else could happen in the upcoming years. Seems like Zaslav’s 10-year-plan for DCEU might end up paralleling the likes of MCU.  

Nevertheless, for now, fans can keep expressing their enthusiasm over Cavill’s much-anticipated comeback to the franchise, which has freed his ever-so-iconic character from the limbo he appeared to have been in for a while now.

The future of DCEU is exciting. People cannot wait to see how it unfolds. 

Black Adam, starring The Rock as the titular anti-hero, is releasing in theatres on 20 October 2022.

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Written by Debdipta Bhattacharya

Always having had a deep fascination for content creation and pop-culture, Debdipta joined as a writer at FandomWire in 2022. Currently pursuing an undergraduate Mass Communication degree, Debdipta enjoys the intricacies of cinema and film-making, with a year of screenwriting experience to account for. Besides her knack for writing, she's also an avid reader, a connoisseur of music across all genres, and a die-hard fan of Charlie Kaufman.