RUMOR ALERT: This information is strictly RUMOR at this point, so take everything with a grain of salt.
‘Shazam!’ will ka-boom into theaters in less than a month, but plans for a follow-up are already in the works. The ‘Black Adam’ movie, with Dwayne Johnson attached to play the titular character, has been in the works since 2017, and the script looks to be coming together and will feature some surprising supporting characters. According to reports, the script includes Hawkman, Stargirl, and Atom-Smasher, members of the Justice Society of America, a group that, at one time, opened its membership to one-time murdering supervillain Black Adam.
Writer Adam Sztykiel, who wrote Johnson’s ‘Rampage’, turned in his latest draft within the last few weeks, and reportedly, it draws heavily from Geof Johns’ run of the ‘Justice Society of America’ comic book.
For Hawkman, WB is looking for an actor 30-39 years-old who physically looks like he could go toe-to-toe with a super-powered Johnson. The script also includes Stargirl and Atom-Smasher and the studio is seeking actors in their twenties for those roles.
During this run of the comics, Black Adam seemed to legitimately be trying to atone for his past sins, but ultimately, his vindictive nature overruled the JSA’s kinder-gentler method of crime-fighting. Adam quit to take a more hardline approach, especially when it came to his wartorn Middle Eastern homeland Khandaq.
Impressionable Atom-Smasher left with him and was one of Adam’s staunchest allies, putting him at odds with his former JSA teammates. At this time, Stargirl/Courtney Whitmore and Atom-Smasher/Albert Rothstein had a burgeoning romance.
The Justice Society appeared on ‘Smallville’ with Britt Irvin playing Stargirl and Michael Shanks as Hawkman. Falk Hentschel starred as Hawkman on the first season of ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ and appeared on other CW Arrowverse shows, while Sarah Grey portrayed Stargirl as a member of the Justice Society. Adam Copeland depicted an evil version of Atom-Smasher on the second season of ‘The Flash’.
DC Universe is currently producing a live-action ‘Stargirl’ series, starring Brec Bassinger in the lead. That alone may squash this rumor, as Warner Brothers tends to prefer its DC characters appear on TV OR in movies, not both– with The Flash being the major exception. Famously, the studio has instructed the TV shows to stop using characters like Deathstroke and the Suicide Squad because WB had plans for them in movies.
That “rule” may have been relaxed, however. Or… this info could simply be wrong.
‘Black Adam’ is reportedly set to begin production in 2020. Would you like to see the Justice Society on the big screen?
Source: That Hashtag Show