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“Now we will take our time”: The Rock Might Push Back Black Adam Sequel After Disappointing Box-Office Run, Seemingly Focuses on Better Story to Reinstate His Hierarchy

The Rock Might Push Back Black Adam Sequel

Dwayne Johnson claimed that the hierarchy of power in the DC universe would change. And despite popular belief, he still thinks that it did change a little. But he admits that Black Adam didn’t do well at the Box Office. In his latest video, Johnson thanked all the fans for making Black Adam number 1 on iTunes as the movie went digital just one month after its theatrical release. But he also claimed that he won’t be rushing into a sequel. He is going to take a bit of time to work out part 2, build up JSA, and set up his battle with Superman.

The Box Office Failure of Black Adam

Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam

Black Adam has failed to reach the breakeven point at the Box Office. The movie has only earned $368 million in total and $158 million on the domestic front. It’s yet to open in Japan, but even a $400 million total won’t be extremely impressive. This project had a $200 million production budget and spent around $100 million on marketing. So, considering the cut of the theatre chains which is around 40-50%, Black Adam had to go roughly beyond $600 million to turn in a profit. That hasn’t happened so the future of the franchise isn’t as certain as The Rock would have wanted it to be.

But as you can see in the above video, Johnson still thinks that Black Adam changed the hierarchy of powers in multiple ways. It introduced Adam as the unstoppable force on Earth. It introduced several powerful DC characters under the JSA banner. It fought hard and brought back Henry Cavill as Superman. But most importantly, the Rock finally addressed the new leadership at DC Studios, i.e. James Gunn and Peter Safran. This was the first time he did that. So, that’s a plus for all fans hoping for a Black Adam sequel.

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The Future of Black Adam

Black Adam v Superman

If you focus on the last bit of Johnson’s video, he did confirm that Teth Adam still has a future alongside Superman and the JSA. But part 2 won’t happen any time soon. Still, it’s good that the Rock didn’t deny anything about the future. He was still positive and said:

“Now we will take our time. Now we will build out the Black Adam brand and we’ll build out the JSA.”

The positivity and the reference to James Gunn’s leadership are good to see here. But for a sequel to happen, there will have to be some major improvements.

Also Read: ‘The level of confidence this man has’: Fans Can’t Fathom The Rock Setting Up Black Adam for Awards Consideration Despite Lackluster Box Office Performance

Black Adam Watchmen Style Justice Society Spinoff Movie
Black Adam and JSA

First of all, Johnson will have to gell with James Gunn and his leadership. Secondly, the story of Black Adam 2 will have to be better. The writing of the first film was totally average. The movie had a lot of video-game-level dialogues. And one of the main problems was that Black Adam lacked originality. It was a really good-looking movie in terms of its CGI. But apart from that, there were so many instances in the film that were almost exactly similar to previous superhero movies. Barring a couple of elements, almost everything we saw in Black Adam has been done before, and that too in a better way.

Also Read: Hierarchy of Power Remains Unchanged in DCU as Black Adam’s Global Box Office Total Struggles To Cross $400M, May Not Even Beat BVS: Dawn of Justice

So, originality in scenes and a better story are what’s needed for Black Adam 2. And that’s probably what Johnson meant when he said that he will take a bit of time to build the Black Adam brand in the future.

Black Adam is currently playing in theatres worldwide.

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Written by Vansh Mehra

Just wanna share my passion for cinema with everyone.