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‘I Just Knew in My Gut’: Dwayne Johnson Reveals Original DCEU Plan for Shazam vs. Black Adam Would Have Been an ‘Incredible Disservice’ to His Character

Dwayne Johnson starring Black Adam released its trailer around 2 months ago. With the release of the trailer, not only fans but the actor himself is also too excited about the movie. He has praised the story and the character of Black Adam multiple times.

Black Adam
Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam

He even went on to say that he was born to play the character. According to Dwayne Johnson, the character is very different from the other DC superheroes and villains. He claims that Black Adam does not have a code of ethics or a line of integrity, he blurs the lines between good and bad, hero and villain.

Dwayne Johnson has been sharing videos, tweets, and posts related to the video. This shows that the actor is super hyped for the release of this movie. 

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Black Adam Almost Being the Villain in Shazam

But did you know that Black Adam did not have a solo movie at first? The character was supposed to be the villain in the Shazam. The 2019 film focused on Shazam, the superhero who got his powers from the Gods, making him immortal. Billy Batson, an orphan, gets chosen to take over as Shazam. He beats the seven deadly sins and makes his foster home siblings part of his Shazam Family. 

Dwayne Johnson and Aldis Hodge in Black Adam.
Dwayne Johnson and Aldis Hodge in Black Adam.

The plot for Black Adam in Shazam followed a boy called Aman, an inhabited of the fictional Arab country, Kahndaq. He was thrown into slavery at a very young age and his uncle, Adam helped him to escape slavery. Just like Billy Batson, Aman was also transported to the Rock of Eternity and got his superpowers. 

Later in order to save his uncle, Aman shared his powers with Adam. After which Adam killed Aman. As per the original plot, it was Black Adam who keeps the Shazam family hostage when Billy shared his superpowers with them. 

 Dwayne Johnson Suggested a Black Adam Movie

However, once Johnson read the draft for the movie, he suggested that there is so much to Black Adam’s origin that cannot be presented in Shazam. He insisted that two origin stories in a single movie would not do justice to both the characters. And with that WB decided to give Black Adam his own movie. After reading the draft he said he made a call to talk about how they should separate Black Adam from Shazam. 

Black Adam during one of his badass moves.
Black Adam

During an interview with Vanity Fair, Dwayne Johnson talks about how two characters who were supposed to be in a single movie got their own separate movies. The actor himself had led the Black Adam film with a promise to get into the backstory of this antihero. And the actor never shies away to take credit for all the work he had done in the movie.

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Black Adam Cast and Crew

Black Adam is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Other than Black Adam it is also a debut film for the Justice Society of America. The movie features Pierce Bronson as Doctor Fate, Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, and Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone. The movie is set to release on October 21, 2022.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will play the role of Black Adam.
Black Adam.

The trailer goes on to show how Black Adam got his powers and then meets the Justice Society of America. It appears that the antihero will work alongside the JSA. But it still leaves one question unanswered, who is the villain in the movie? DC has yet not released any details regarding who will be the villain in the movie.

The Real Villain in Black Adam

However, many believe that the villain for the movie will be Sabbac, played by Marwan Kenzari. The origin of Sabbac goes back to the original Captain Marvel (Shazam) comics back in the early 1940s. His powers are also quite similar to that of Shazam. He can harness the powers of hell by calling out his name, Sabbac.

Movie Poster of Black Adam.
Movie Poster of Black Adam.

As for Black Adam, he has a long journey in the DCEU. The character may get its future projects starring against Shazam, as a deleted scene from the movie shows the Shazam family talking about an empty throne in the Rock of Eternity.

Source: Vanity Fair