Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has retained control over his part in the DCU narrative by getting the production team behind Black Adam on board before James Gunn’s ark sets sail in 2023. After a few months of volatile declarations and erratic changes, the rough seas have calmed down at the CBM franchise, and the view assures us of the new and improved future up ahead that holds only good things for the fandom.
But as of yet, the DC Universe Bible is yet to be presented to the public eye, and without any material evidence, the fandom still remains lost mainly at sea. With the new teaser about Dwayne Johnson’s further involvement in DC, it seems as though this tiny morsel of declaration has set some of the inquisitive minds to work about what the future holds before Chief Gunn can confirm or deny the piece of news himself.
The Rock Ensures a Place in the DCU For Black Adam Fans
Dwayne Johnson has recently teased the possibility of yet another production lined up for his fans who have suffered a rollercoaster journey ever since the actor’s arrival in DC. At first, The Rock‘s involvement in itself was excitable because of his capacity to draw a large crowd and the promise of an action-packed film. However, trouble began brewing when his strategies focused more on pushing the larger DCEU fandom to the theatres by promising them a SnyderVerse resurrection.
However, after the plan went sideways, the first domino to fall in the aftermath was Henry Cavill. What seemed like a natural next step was the pause in Black Adam’s storyline in the fledgling DCU, and in accordance with James Gunn‘s plans, there happened to be no place for a Black Adam sequel quite nearly ready to be placed within a world that has only recently begun building. But somehow, there remains a place for The Rock in the DCU — if not as an actor, then as a producer.
DC Promises Collaboration With Seven Bucks Productions
A new tactic has risen after the apocalyptic crash-and-burn of the DC Extended Universe. Learning from the mistakes of its past, the franchise has ensured to constitute its notary with actors who have had to deal with the mechanisms of the industry and the fandom associated with it over these past few years. As such, these people, like Ben Affleck and Dwayne Johnson, not only have first-hand knowledge of their IPs but how to use them to appeal to the masses.
While the SnyderVerse Batman marks his exit, the Oscar-winning writer, actor, and director retains his position behind the lens. Similarly, The Rock has managed to assume a position away from DC’s green screens as a producer with his company Seven Bucks Production. On social media, the actor recently announced the following:
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— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 20, 2022
Even though the ancient anti-villain may not be a part of James Gunn’s “first chapter of storytelling”, there still remains the hope of seeing the Justice Society of America fully operational in this new world. The Rock could remain involved in these spin-off projects and further ingratiate his character into the story once Gunn’s 10-year plan begins arching towards a team-up narrative. There have also been reports of Seven Bucks being involved with building the Elseworlds Kingdom Come narrative outside of DCU continuity.
It’s also imperative to note that Johnson’s announcement of Black Adam being a part of a future multiverse story could indicate that DC has decidedly removed The Rock’s character from the mainstream continuity. Any further news on Seven Bucks’s involvement needs to be elaborated on by the CEO himself. But, for now, DC fans may rest assured that the Elseworlds story that Gunn had been teasing has finally begun manifesting and take further comfort in the fact that The Rock doesn’t shy away from a brutal and gory arc in his productions.
Black Adam is available for streaming on HBO Max.
Source: Twitter | Dwayne Johnson