The power hierarchy has indeed shifted in DC, just not in the way Dwayne Johnson envisioned.
Black AdamThe DC superhero movie, which Johnson starred in and produced, was supposed to launch a new franchise, but Johnson announced Tuesday that plans for a sequel have been shelved and won’t be moving forward anytime soon.
The move comes as new DC Studios chiefs James Gunn and Peter Safran, installed just weeks after the film’s October release, are overhauling the entire DC slate, with projects such as Henry Cavill. Man of steel continued and Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman 3 falling by the wayside.
“James Gunn and I bonded, and Black Adam won’t be in their first chapter of stories,” Johnson it said in a statement on Tuesday. “However, DC and Seven Bucks have agreed to continue exploring Black Adam’s most valuable avenues for use in future chapters of the DC multiverse.”
Gunn shared his statement. writing, “Love @TheRock and I’m always excited to see what he and Seven Bucks do next. I can’t wait to work together soon.”
Adam:Released on October 21, it was a passion project for Johnson, who spent a good 15 years playing the character before it hit theaters. During that time, Johnson became one of the biggest actors in the world, and in 2017, he used his influence to convince Warner Bros. and New Line to produce a single. Black Adam the movie rather than the character being introduced Shazam! as a villain. (In the comics, Black Adam is a villain in Shazam’s rogues gallery.)
Ahead of its release, Johnson planned to develop his own corner of the DC Universe focused on Black Adam characters such as the Justice Society of America, as well as the upcoming Black Adam vs. Superman movie, in a post-credits scene that temporarily brought Henry Cavill back as Superman for the first time. justice league (2017). In numerous promotional appearances, Johnson even used a phrase that became the film’s unofficial tagline as he sought to promote his angle on the pages of DC:
Nevertheless, Adam: disappointed at the box office with $391 million and poor reviews. That wouldn’t necessarily be a problem to start a sequel if it weren’t for a few factors. One, the film was too expensive. With a green light of $190 million, the film’s budget has climbed to $260 million, according to sources, after a costly 20-day shoot after a particularly poor test run. That doesn’t include marketing costs.
The film will not be profitable theatrically, according to a December 5 publication Variety story, which then sparked a media frenzy over a more detailed accounting of the film’s moneymaking with a rival deadline two days later a different tune is playing. Johnson weighed in on the film’s profitability Twitter post, is a very unusual move by an actor or producer. It also put the actor on the defensive and still talked about a potential franchise film, the future of which was very much in doubt even then.
Rumors of a feud between Johnson and the studio have swirled in recent days. It was reported that Johnson did not follow Warner Bros. Discovery and Black Adam channels only for Johnson to come out and say he never watched them. Johnson did not comment publicly on the hiring of Gunn and Safran, as many observers pointed to tensions between the two camps.
However, Johnson noted that the two have a good relationship.
“James and I have known each other for years and have always rooted for him to succeed,” Johnson wrote Tuesday. “That’s no longer the case, and I will always write for DC (and Marvel) to win and WIN BIG.”
Things looked very different two months ago when Johnson was feeling down Black AdamNew York premiere on October 12, where he told reporters about his first day in the suit. The actor said: “I just looked in the mirror. it was a very humbling moment because I fought so hard for this film to make this film and keep it on track. Fifteen long years, and here we are.’