black adam star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson revealed that he changed what would have been Shazam’s first appearance in the DC Extended Universe by making one phone call.
As reported by ComicBook.com, Johnson and black adam producers Hiram Garcia and Beau Flynn spoke to the press about the upcoming DCEU film, revealing that, at one point, the origin stories of both Shazam and Black Adam were going to be told in one film. However, Johnson made the call that the stories of both characters needed to be told separately.
“When we all read the script, I immediately felt like, ‘We have to separate these two movies. We have to honor Shazam! and that origin story and what that is and what that can be for the fans and then we also have to tell our story, too, as well,'” Johnson said. “I think in separating them, with the majority of the world not knowing who Black Adam if you weren’t a serious comic book fan, it was important I think to separate them and tell each story respectively.”
According to Flynn, he received a phone call from Johnson “very early in the morning” regarding the future of both of these DCEU movies. “He called Hiram and I, he just said, ‘Brothers,’ he said, “We’re gonna make black adam. We’re gonna tell this story. It’s so big and so important,’ and that was it,” Flynn said. “It was really an amazing… Dwayne’s instincts are so extraordinary but he was right. Again, we were deep in it and developing that script with both of them and there’s a reason why sometimes in our business sometimes you have to keep moving forward and sometimes the business tells you. We weren’t really cracking it. It wasn’t really working and then that’s when that call came through and everything changed.”
black adamstarring Johnson in the title role, is a spinoff of 2019’s Shazam! which starred Zachary Levi in the title role. A sequel, Shazam: Fury of the Gods is set to hit theaters in December 2022. Warner Bros. recently released the first trailer for black adam, which offered a live-action look at Johnson as the powerful anti-hero. Created by Otto Binder and CC Beck, Black Adam appeared in DC Comics typically as an enemy of Shazam and the Shazam family. After being granted the powers of the wizard Shazam, Black Adam goes rogue and leaves the wizard to seek out Billy Batson as his new champion.
Originally scheduled to release in December 2020, black adam officially began filming in April 2021 after a long delay due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Throughout the months of filming, Johnson was open about his intense training schedule for the role of the titular anti-hero, routinely posting updates on his diet and fitness regimen. On top of that, Johnson also shared several behind-the-scenes looks from the black adam set, including teases of his costume as well as the film’s “cutting edge” technology.
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, black adam stars Johnson as the titular anti-hero and arrives in theaters July 29, 2022.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods will release on Dec. 16, 2022.