For as long as there’s been discussions about the DC Extended Universe, there’s been a something there in the corner of your eye, and if you focused too hard on it, it would vanish before you know it. It was the Black Adam movie, a project about the Shazam! antihero and antagonist that had signed Dwayne Johnson to star as the titular character. And then nothing happened, and continued to not happen, for the next several years. Well things have been heating up on Black Adam lately, enough for the fans to wonder if we’re any closer to actually (finally) seeing this thing on screen.
To recap, it was announced earlier this year that two films would be produced featuring Johnson as Black Adam. This followed a social media post of Man of Steel star Henry Cavill hanging out with Johnson over the holidays, adding new speculation that Black Adam was on Warner Bros‘ development front burner. In February it was announced that Lights Out director David F. Sandberg was in talks to direct Black Adam while, Earth to Echo scribe Henry Gayden works on the script for Shazam!
And that brings us to today, and a new MTV interview with Johnson.
“We’ve had great discussions with Geoff Johns over at DC,” he said. “This is a really fun, cool time for DC right now because they’re world-building. We’re seeing that with Wonder Woman and Aquaman. We have a few surprises down the line. So what we decided to do was to create a scenario where Black Adam has his stand-alone movie, and Captain Marvel, Shazam, has his stand-alone movie. We’re building our world that way, and then we can come together at some point.”
That almost says nothing, but this is hardly the first bit of random discussion about Black Adam in the last few days. Recent rumour mongering on Reddit suggested that Black Adam could be introduced to the DCEU as the main villain in Man of Steel 2, the sequel to the 2013 film that’s supposedly in development and potentially awaiting Matthew Vaughn to direct. All of this is supposition of course because Warners has announced numerous DC projects with no firm release date on any of them as they scramble to adjust the game plan they announced in 2014. Currently, Shazam! has a scheduled release date of April 5, 2019.
The next DCEU film, Wonder Woman, will be in theatres everywhere on June 2.
Source: Screen Rant