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“Not my coach, not my Quarterback”: Dwayne Johnson Takes Brutal Dig at James Gunn for Wasting Henry Cavill’s Superman After $393M Black Adam Failure

“Not my coach, not my Quarterback”: Dwayne Johnson Takes Brutal Dig at James Gunn for Wasting Henry Cavill’s Superman After $393M Black Adam Failure

Dwayne Johnson featured in his first and probably the last DC film as the anti-hero in the 2022 film Black Adam. The actor, who was involved with the project for years, finally took the screen as Black Adam in October 2022. However, things did not go as planned for his DC debut, and the film wrapped up only with $393 million at the box office. All of The Rock’s attempts to make the film a success failed.

Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam
Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam

And things got worse for his DC character after James Gunn took over as the co-CEO of DC Studios with Peter Safran. The Black Adam and the Man of Steel star had to say their goodbyes as co-CEOs decided to reboot the cinematic universe. And the Black Adam star recently opened up about the whole situation at the 2023 Oscars.

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Dwayne Johnson Talks About Henry Cavill’s DC Exit

Dwayne Johnson joined the 95th Academy Awards in a ballet pink tuxedo and with a new bearded look. The Red Notice star attended the ceremony to present the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature with his Jungle Cruise co-star Emily Blunt.

Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson at the 2023 Oscars
Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson at the 2023 Oscars

And Johnson seemed to be taking a hit at the co-CEO of DC Studios when he was asked about Henry Cavill’s departure as Superman. He shared that he and the whole cast and crew of the 2022 film did their best to “deliver the best movie [they] could.”

When asked about Henry Cavill’s sudden departure from DC, he compared the situation to a “pro football team.” The Jumanji star said that no matter how good a team is, it has to go through some drastic changes when a new owner takes over.

Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam
Black Adam (2022)

“It’s almost like when you have a pro football team, and your quarterback wins championships and the head coach wins championships. And you have a new owner, and the new owner comes in and says not my coach, not my quarterback, I’m gonna go with somebody new.”

After years of waiting, the Man of Steel star finally made his comeback in the 2022 film on the massive demand of fans. However, the return ended up being a nine-day wonder as James Gunn announced that he would not be continuing with Henry Cavill’s Superman under the new DCU.

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Dwayne Johnson on Critic Score of Black Adam

Black Adam might have failed to impress critics, but fans seemed favorable towards the film. Its audience score is still much higher than its critical score. The film debuted at the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes with a 90% audience score and currently holds a 88% audience score. However, the film’s critic score has dropped to 39% from its initial critic score.

Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam
Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam

The film had also become a target of DC fans for ruining the possibilities of the Justice League star’s return. During his appearance at the 2023 Oscars, Dwayne Johnson reflected on how he tried to put in only the best in his DC debut.

He also talked about how the film was loved by its audience but failed to win over the critics. “The audience score was in the 90s. Critics took a couple of shots. That’s just the business of it, though,” the Fast and Furious star said.

Soon after the release of the film, he also expressed his gratitude to his fans and the audience on Twitter. He shared that he was glad that he was able to give the best to the audience, and that is the only thing that matters the most to him.

Black Adam is available to stream on HBO Max.

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Source: Variety

Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.