In 2014, DC announced Shazam! starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson as the villainous Black Adam with a release date of April 5, 2020. With his casting, they landed the biggest star in Hollywood, but that was the problem: How could they cast such a charismatic actor for such a complex character and use him as just an antagonist? How would it work? It seemed tricky, even though we know The Rock is no stranger to dropping a verbal smackdown:
Hold on to anything near you, DC fans, because #Shazam might have just become the most interesting project in the DCEU. Deadline reports that the film - produced by New Line Cinema - has been split into two parts: Black Adam, starring Johnson as the titular antihero and Shazam!
That's not all though, THR writer Borys Kit, stated that Black Adam could have a cameo in 2018's #Aquaman to further set up the mystical universe of the antihero and his nemesis:
Like he said, we have to take that bit of information with a grain of salt (just as Kit seems to), but if a THR writer got a hold of those details, it means it's being considered.
Shockingly enough, the announcement doesn't come as a complete surprise, as #DwayneJohnson shared that he had an interesting meeting about the future of Shazam! through his Instagram page just last week:
The caption reads:
"Had a very cool and strategic meeting with the heads of DC about their entire universe. As a hard core DC fan, to get a real sense of the tonal shifts and developments coming in these future movies has me fired up. Something we, as DC fans have all been waiting for for a very long time. Hope, optimism & FUN. Even when talking about the the most ruthless villain/anti-hero of all time finally coming to life. Prepare yourselves DC Universe."
While we may have thought this was to simply have a clear path for the tone of the film, it turned out to be a whole lot more. There's no denying Johnson is taking a more hands-on approach to his #DCEU role, as evidenced by him meeting Henry Cavill for a drink:
Currently, Shazam! holds its April 2020 release date and it isn't clear whether splitting it in two will make it move dates; however, it's the most likely scenario - especially as the role of Shazam hasn't even been cast yet (that we know of).
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The question now is: What does this mean for #DC? Is this project now Warner Bros.' priority? We'll have to wait to find out, but ultimately, this could be the best thing to happen to the DCEU: They would have an entire movie setting up #BlackAdam and then have him as a misunderstood antagonist for Shazam! I can't wait to see what they do with the possibilities.
Are you excited for the Shazam! and Black Adam movies?