Not long ago, Warner Bros. brought Dwayne Johnson into the fold of the DC Extended Universe, offering him the role of Black Adam. While he was initially set to be the villain in Shazam!, the project’s slow development and Johnson’s enormous popularity gave rise to his own solo feature, Black Adam.
Even with Johnson in the lead role, news regarding the project has been scant, but the actor recently revealed that both Black Adam and Shazam! are intended to be two parts of a much larger whole.
MTV spoke to Johnson about his involvement with Warner Bros. and the DCEU, and the actor addressed the question with enthusiasm regarding the still-growing cinematic universe and the potential for his role in it. Johnson said:
“We’ve had great discussions with Geoff Johns over at DC. 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.”
As if Johnson’s promise to help build out the DCEU was not enough, he also teased that a big announcement regarding Black Adam is on the horizon. This could be the announcement of a director for the film, or even a potential release date, which would mean the movie is inching ever closer to the start of production. Black Adam is a new project that was not included on the studio’s original slate, so Warners will likely want to garner fan excitement by announcing when they expect it to bow in theaters. On the other hand, Johnson’s news may pertain to the character making his debut in another upcoming superhero film first.
That said, with Johnson being one of the busiest men in Hollywood, it is difficult to find a time for him to work in his DCEU role in the immediate future. He is currently out promoting The Fate of the Furious and has both Baywatch and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle coming later this year. He is already scheduled to film Rampage and Skyscraper throughout the rest of 2017, so it may not be until 2019 before Black Adam sees the big screen — and that’s assuming Warner Bros. isn’t planning to release four Batman-related movies.