The Rock Reportedly Muscled WB to Prematurely Bring Back Henry Cavill’s Superman in Black Adam, Ending Long Term Plans of Man of Steel’s Story Arc Amidst Cancelation Scare

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Dwayne Johnson, as he is popularly known, The Rock, is a man who needs no introduction as his feats and accolades speak volumes about the man. From being one of the most successful WWE superstars of the golden age to becoming the highest-paid actor in the world for 2 consecutive years straight are proof enough that he is unstoppable. And just when it comes to success, he is also headstrong and determined to get what he wants no matter what.

The Rock
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

So when the news finally came around that he would be debuting his superhero career as DCs anti-hero in Black Adam, it was obvious that he was going to do it with a bang. And so he did, by bringing back the strongest character that DC had up its sleeve, but now, it seems like the inclusion of Superman was kind of an early call on his part, as fans seem to agree that Henry Cavill’s return as the caped crusader seems premature.

The Rock Brought Back Superman Too Early

Henry Cavill’s contract covered his Superman role in Black Adam
Black Adam and Superman

It’s no surprise that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson would’ve had a lot of his muscle power behind pushing DC Films to bring back Henry Cavill as Superman and in Black Adam no less. This is a very well-known trait of Johnson’s to just give something extra for the fans who expect that from the former WWE world champion. But it seems like this time, that decision might just have missed the mark.


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With the recent power rumble in the fortress of DC Films, CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran have taken the reigns of building the new era of DC with their projection plan going to Warner Bros. CEO David Zaslav this week. In the midst of all this, there were quite a few revelations, one of which suggested that Johnson might’ve been the reason for Superman’s return, and that return was kind of premature as this was not the build-up to Man of Steel 2 that the company had in mind.

With the project now stalled indefinitely, it seems like Gunn and Safran had to do more damage control with these turn of events. Although former CEO Walter Hamada had a lot of mismanagement allegations, he was determined not to cave in, but it seems like Johnson had pulled a lot of weight to get what he wanted. That’s why many fans believe that the cameo of Cavill’s Superman felt kind of unnatural and off during the run of the film. This, in turn, made it harder to connect the story to Man Of Steel 2, which would’ve been the original film that was to bring the caped crusader back into the bigger picture.


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What Is Next For The Rock?

The Rock as Black Adam
The Rock as Black Adam

After the lackluster performance of Black Adam at the box office, Dwayne Johnson has revealed that they were going to focus on the story of the franchise so that it better connects to the larger universe of DC as a whole and not as a separate entity. While it is still unclear what will become of Henry Cavill’s Superman in the upcoming draft of the cinematic universe by Gunn and Safran, it is somewhat of a relief to know that the project isn’t canceled altogether.

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Black Adam, now in cinemas

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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