In a brand new interview, Dwayne Johnson mirrored on the DC Universe overhaul that derailed his plans for a Black Adam-Superman crossover film. Speaking with Variety, Johnson opened up about how he is come to peace about how Black Adam carried out on the field workplace and his present standing throughout the franchise.
“All that I can do, and all that we could do when we were making Black Adam, was to put our best foot forward and surround ourselves with the best people and deliver the best movie we could,” Johnson stated. “Our audience score was in the 90s. Critics took a couple shots, but that’s just the business of it.”
Despite the movie’s success with audiences, Black Adam did not hit the $400-million mark on the international field workplace. After the film’s launch, new DC Studios bosses James Gunn and Peter Safran had been introduced as the brand new architects of the DC Universe, successfully killing Johnson’s hopes and plan for a Black Adam-Superman crossover.
Johnson in contrast the scenario to a brand new proprietor taking on a professional soccer staff and bringing in new employees, saying, “Not my coach, not my quarterback. I’m going to go with somebody new.” Johnson had laid the groundwork for his personal DC Universe, the place the connection between Black Adam and Superman can be mapped out throughout a number of movies. However, with Gunn and Safran taking on, Johnson’s plan was not possible. Again, by way of Variety, Johnson informed followers in December that Black Adam is not going to be in Gunn and Safran’s first chapter of storytelling.
Despite the setback, Johnson and his manufacturing firm Seven Bucks will proceed exploring how Black Adam could be utilized in future DC multiverse chapters. He nonetheless holds out hope for a crossover with Henry Cavill’s equally displaced Superman–publicly, Cavill introduced his return as Superman on social media after Black Adam’s opening weekend in October 2022. But, two months later, Gunn introduced that Cavill wouldn’t be Superman within the new DC Universe.