Dwayne Johnson maintains his name in news one way or the other, especially after the release of his “passion project” Black Adam which failed to impress the audience. Ever since its release, Black Adam created a lot of buzz for its cameo of Henry Cavill as Superman. Yet the movie failed to perform well at the box office regardless of his huge budget and association with world-famous star, Dwayne Johnson. Now that Black Adam has aided in the already drowning DCU, the movie is now being called out for its zero association with the upcoming DCU movie of Shazam!
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Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam Future in DCU
James Gunn whose arrival has completely reshuffled the entire DCU from the removal of Henry Cavill’s role as Superman. Gunn’s recent announcements about the upcoming DC referred to as “the first chapter of storytelling” do not include Johnson’s Black Adam, meaning no projects concerning Black Adam will be produced in the coming recent years, sending Black Adam to a good break. In a lengthy tweet, the San Andreas star shared the news confirming the hiatus of Black Adam.
“I wanted to give you a long-awaited Black Adam update regarding the character’s future in the new DC Universe. James Gunn and I connected, and Black Adam will not be in their first chapter of storytelling. However, DC and Seven Bucks have agreed to continue exploring the most valuable ways Black Adam can be utilized in future DC multiverse chapters.
James and I have known each other for years and have always rooted for each other to succeed. It’s no different now, and I will always root for DC (and Marvel) to win and WIN BIG. You guys know me, and I have very thick skin – and you can always count on me to be direct with my words. These decisions made by James and DC leadership represent their vision of DCU through their creative lens.”
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Will Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam and Zachary Levi’s Shazam Confront Each Other?
Looking at the storyline of comic books one can find multiple direct encounters between Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam and Zachary Levi’s Shazam. The second movie of Shazam! titled Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ release date was set just after a few months after Black Adam’s release, fans were hoping to see some connection between Black Adam and Shazam. As reported Dwayne Johnson’s DC character was to be introduced in Shazam! as an anti-hero, but the Baywatch star insisted on a solo movie that will cover the character’s background in the hope to bring life to the dying DC Universe, which surely failed horribly.
Though Shazam! Fury of the Gods director David F. Sandberg, in an interview, stated that the encounter of Black Adam and Shazam will neither happen in Black Adam nor in Shazam! Fury of the Gods. But the characters will eventually confront each other if Black Adam 2 or Shazam! 3 ever happened. Still, fans are disappointed as they believe the story of both the DCU stars could have become much better if only they had an actual encounter by now.
Shazam 2 and Black Adam releasing within 6 months of each other and having zero connection is why we needed this reboot pic.twitter.com/f13P1UIrcl
— Smv? (@Smv_of_Heroes) January 27, 2023
Some fans had a hilarious take to it:
Uhhhh they both say Shazam multiple times
— YG (@YGYG111) January 27, 2023
Others talked about The Rock’s influence on the film, making it a standalone, instead of being a part of the franchise.
The DCU is a mess
— Upgra3dd (@Upgra3dd) January 27, 2023
That's on Rock's ego. Don't forget how much power had had in that decision.
— Brian Tong (@briantong) January 27, 2023
The good thing is we can pretend Black Adam never existed in the first place!
— Roberto Sadovski (@rsadovski) January 27, 2023
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With the missing news of the next Black Adam installment, it is tough to point out the timeline where both the stars will meet each other to hopefully deliver something good to the audience. Till then fans can watch Shazam! Fury of the Gods will be released on March 17, 2023.