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Dwayne Johnson Wanted Black Adam Removed From ‘Shazam!’ It’d ‘disservice’ the character

The upcoming American superhero movie Black Adam is based on the same-named DC Comics character. It is supposed to be a spin-off from Shazam! (2019) and the eleventh installment in the DC Extended Universe and is made by New Line Cinema, DC Films, Seven Bucks Productions, and FlynnPictureCo (DCEU).

The movie, which is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and has a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines, and Sohrab Noshirvani, also stars Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, Sarah Shahi, Marwan Kenzari, Quintessa Swindell, Bodhi Sabongui, and Pierce Brosnan. Dwayne Johnson plays the main role.

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Early on in the production of Shazam!, Johnson was involved, and in September 2014, it was announced that he will play the villain Black Adam. Sztykiel was hired that October after the producers decided to give the character his own film in January 2017.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused the release date for Collet-Serra, which entered in June 2019, to be postponed from December 2021. Over the course of the following year, additional casting took place, notably for JSA members, and Haines and Noshirvani revised the script. April to August 2021 saw filming in Trilith Studios in Los Angeles and Atlanta, Georgia.

Although Dwayne Johnson‘s DC obsession “Black Adam” won’t actually hit theatres until this October, the character could have made his film premiere in 2019’s “Shazam!” had Warner Bros. followed through with its initial plan. In 2014, the “Shazam!” movie script entered production featuring origin tales for both the lead character and Black Adam. It made sense for the pair to make their big-screen debuts together in one movie because they have a shared heritage in comic books. Johnson objected.

Vanity Fair quoted Johnson as saying, “When the first draught of the movie came to us, it was a hybrid of Black Adam and Shazam: Two origin stories in one movie.” That wasn’t a full surprise because that was the intended outcome.

We can’t make this movie like this, I just knew when I read that. A tremendous disservice would be done to Black Adam if we did so. Having two origin stories come together in one film would have been acceptable for Shazam, but not for Black Adam.

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I made a phone call, and Johnson continued. I remarked, “I must express my opinions here. Because everyone believed, “Hey, this script is amazing, let’s go make this movie,” it is extremely unpopular. I told her, “I really think you should make ‘Shazam!,’ make that movie by itself in the manner you desire. And I believe that we ought to segregate this as well.

In the end, Warner Bros. consented, and Johnson will now star in the stand-alone tentpole “Black Adam” this fall. Johnson has frequently assured audiences that his “Black Adam” film will fundamentally alter the DC universe as it is presented on screen. Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, Sarah Shahi, Marwan Kenzari, and Pierce Brosnan co-star with the actor in the movie.

On October 21, “Black Adam” debuts in theatres.