Dwayne Johnson confirms that Black Adam will start filming in July 2020. Johnson has become one of the most sought after actors in the last few years and he will soon be stepping into the role of Black Adam for DC's upcoming film. Black Adam is Shazam's arch-nemesis, who made his comic book debut in 1945 and will soon be making his first live-action appearance in the next few years.
When Shazam! first went into development, it was widely believed that Black Adam would be the main villain in the film. In 2017, it was revealed that this was not the case and instead, Black Adam would get a solo movie before facing off against Shazam. Doctor Sivana (played by Mark Strong) was chosen as the villain for the first solo Shazam! movie and it appears that Mister Mind will be the villain in the sequel. It was previously reported that Shazam! 2 was expected to start filming in 2020 and now it looks like Black Adam will start filming around the same time.
When thanking a fan for making a 1/5 scale model of him as Black Adam, Johnson expressed his enthusiasm for the project and confirmed that Black Adam will start filming in July 2020. The artist's original tweet, as well as Johnson's response, can be seen below:
Fans have been waiting for years to see Johnson as Black Adam, but they have only gotten a few updates since Johnson's initial casting announcement. Since then, Jaume Collet-Serra has signed on to direct Black Adam, with Adam Sztykiel writing the film's script. Black Adam is also rumored to be making an appearance in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, but there have been conflicting reports on the matter. Black Adam will begin filming around the same time as Shazam! 2, but Zachary Levi has previously stated that Black Adam won't meet Shazam until Shazam! 3.
Black Adam had been put on the back burner for quite sometime, but DC still seems to have big plans for the character in their ever-growing superhero universe. Johnson confirmed in 2014 that he was playing Black Adam, but DC decided to focus on introducing Shazam first. Black Adam looks to still be a few years away since production doesn't even start until next year, however; superhero fans should be relieved to hear that the project is still moving forward.
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