Dwayne Johnson remains one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood. His newest film, the dramedy ‘Fighting with my Family’ opens on Valentines Day. He also has the highly anticipated ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’ coming out late this summer, and Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ next year, and is getting set to film the sequel to ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’. But one of his projects that has been percolating the longest looks as though it is inching toward reality — ‘Black Adam’. This picture is based on the DC Comics supervillain/anti-hero that is usually the archenemy of Shazam!, who is coming to life in theaters in April.
Representatives from Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions stated:
“We’re also ramping up a couple big projects like ‘Black Adam’ and our goal is to get that going at the top of 2020. The script is coming along well and we’re in the polishing phase now and are looking to attach the right director to it. A lot of people consider Dwayne a superhero already, so to finally have him play one on screen in the DC universe is a dream for us.”
Johnson first became attached to play Black Adam in the early 2000s, when plans for a ‘Shazam!’ movie were first announced. Unfortunately, after years of starts and stops, that version was shelved in 2009. Warner Brothers dusted if off after the release of ‘Man of Steel’, but in 2017, it was announced that Black Adam would not be in the ‘Shazam!’ movie and that the character would instead get his own movie. It was then rumored that Johnson’s Black Adam would debut in a ‘Suicide Squad’ sequel.
But after the disappointing performance of ‘Batman V Superman’, ‘Suicide Squad’ and ‘Justice League’, Warner Brothers has been overhauling their approach to bringing the DC Universe to the big screen. Many figured that ‘Black Adam’ had been shelved, possibly for good.
So this update from Seven Bucks Productions can be seen as a promising sign that Johnson may finally make it to the big screen as a superhero. Are you excited that ‘Black Adam’ may finally go into production next year?
In the meantime, ‘Shazam!’ opens in theaters on April 5.
Source: Heroic Hollywood