After years of rumors and development hell, Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson finally has a director, with The Rock’s recent Jungle Cruise collaborator, Jaume Collet-Sera to take the helm of the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the success of Shazam! earlier this year has put Black Adam high on the studio’s list, putting the long-awaited adaptation the fast track.
The Rock has been cast in the role of Black Adam for years, since 2014, so it’s no surprise to see fans excited for this project. Expect more news to come later this year.
Shazam! is midway through production, and with excitement for the film beginning to build, Dwayne Johnson has given us an update on his long-awaited Black Adam film, claiming that it could begin filming as early as next year, according to Yahoo!
“The script came in, it’s great, we’re working on it. If things come together in the way we anticipate them coming together, that feels like a 2019 movie… It’s this phenomenal opportunity for us to nail the tone and make sure he’s badass. Also, we have intrinsic DNA tied to a lot of other properties in DC.”
Currently, Black Adam is rumored to make his debut in Suicide Squad 2, which begins shooting in October 2018.
The Wrap has a hot scoop that points to Dwayne Johnson’s long-anticipated Black Adam portrayal to debut sooner than we thought. We know that he won’t be the antagonist in Shazam! but the character is rumored to debut in Suicide Squad 2, starting production next year with Gavin O’Connor in the director’s chair.
This is still just a rumor for now, but it would make sense in a way to have the villainous character debut in an anti-hero capacity. Given that Enchantress is no longer a magic-user option for the team, perhaps he’ll fill that role?
Dwayne Johnson’s long-awaited Black Adam film is finally starting to show some forward progress, as The Tracking Board reports that the film now has a writer. Undateable creator Adam Sztykiel is said to be in final talks to pen the film, that will introduce The Rock’s long-gestating portrayal of the anti-hero, that was originally said to be the villain in Shazam!
There’s currently no director attached, but Black Adam is set to be produced by Johnson and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions, along with Beau Flynn of the Flynn Picture Company.
Shazam! director David F. Sandberg has confirmed the film’s release date as April 5th, 2019, citing the film as a “VFX heavy film,” and its extended production schedule. Currently, no stars are attached to the film so there’s still much work to be done, but pre-production is full speed ahead.
Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam is out on the film, with a solo film being given to him at a later date, leaving the antagonist of the film likely to be Doctor Sivana, a long-time foe of the mystical hero.
In a turn of events that many are calling unexpected, it would seem that Warner Bros. is set to start production on Shazam! early next year. The news is shocking as Dwayne Johnson, set to portray Black Adam on the big screen, will be busy with Disney’s Jungle Cruise during that time. This implies that Shazam! is moving forward without The Rock.
This news isn’t entirely shocking as The Rock let slip earlier this year that talks were being held to give Black Adam his own standalone film, leading to the magical titans eventually crossing paths in the DCEU. Stay tuned, as we learn more, most likely from SDCC.
Anyone who saw Wonder Woman (you have seen it, right?) was also greeted with the official new intro for the DC Entertainment Universe, with a very nostalgic Justice League Unlimited feel, it signaled a shift in the way of thinking for DC films.
After a bevy of fan requests for the studio to release the intro officially, we finally have a good HD look at the beautiful piece of footage. Check it out above, and maybe you’ll be seeing it on Ph LEVEL a bit more in the near future, with something I’m currently working on.
Warner Bros.’ DC Entertainment film output has been spotty, at best. The films have been successful from a financial standpoint, but critically they’ve generally been flops, and many have been fraught with delays and mishaps. Now, with the success of Wonder Woman, things finally seem to be on track once again.
Aquaman is currently filming, and Warner is expected to increase their output of DC Entertainment films dramatically. The Flash, Black Adam, Shazam, Cyborg, Gotham City Sirens, and Suicide Squad 2 are all in the works, so we should expect some pretty big announcements soon.
A lot of people have been asking me ‘What’s the next movie in 2018?’ I know for a fact that DC is trying to get three to four movies made a year going forward. If I were you, I’d make sure I’d be inside Hall H this summer.