By Kieran Burt.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s prediction of the hierarchy of power changing at the DC was correct, just not in the way he thought. Black Adam, the project Johnson starred in, won’t be getting a sequel, as confirmed by Johnson.
In a statement posted to Twitter, Johnson said: “James Gunn and I connected, and Black Adam will not be in the first chapter of storytelling. However, DC and Seven Bucks have agreed to continue exploring the most valuable ways Black Adam can be utilised in future DC multiverse chapters”
The announcement that a sequel to Black Adam won’t be pursued comes hot on the heels of other shakeups at DC, with Henry Cavill not returning as Superman and Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 3 falling by the wayside.
Black Adam was a huge passion project for Johnson, with it in some form of development for over a decade.
It was released on October 21 to poor reviews, and subsequently went on to earn $391 million at the global box office.
This wouldn’t ordinarily be an obstacle for a sequel, but The Hollywood Reporter said that the film’s production costs ballooned to over $250 million, and doesn’t include marketing costs.
A post credits scene tied Black Adam very closely to Henry Cavill’s Superman, which Johnson credited himself with convincing the actor to return to the role. But after Cavill’s exit from the role, it likely harmed chances for a sequel.
James Gunn posted his reaction to the statement, and said: “Love The Rock and I’m always excited to see what he and Seven Bucks do next. Can’t wait to collaborate soon.”
Gunn has been dropping hints at the new direction DC storytelling will take after he and Peter Safran become the co-heads of the new DC Studios, such as possibly collaborating with Ben Affleck in a directorial role, and that he’s writing a new Superman film.
He reassured fans that more news will be coming in the new year, as the ten year plan Gunn has for the franchise is revealed.
The next DC film is Shazam! Fury of the Gods and will debut in cinemas on March 17 2023.