DC and Warner have tried to catch up with Marvel and Disney recently by plotting out their movie plans through 2020. Recent comments by The Rock have me thinking that changes may be on the way.
Recently The Rock has been out promoting his upcoming blockbuster San Andreas, while doing so, the media savvy Rock has been dealing with a slew of questions about Black Adam. The villain that he’s expected to play opposite the Shazam movie that has been set for 2019. When a reporter complained about having to wait that long to see the massive movie star assume the role, Dwayne Johnson replied:
No, I don’t think it’s going to be that far away. I think it may be … It’s going to be earlier than that. I don’t think 2019."
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Presently, according to initial plans, the DC Cinematic Universe has Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and David Ayer’s Suicide Squad to release in 2016. Both of those films are pretty far along in their individual processes. Those movies are really happening on the dates that have been announced.
After that time period, it gets a little more unpredictable. Warner Bros. announced both Wonder Woman and Justice League: Part One for 2017. They pointed at 2018 for The Flash and Aquaman. And then you see Shazam is down for 2019 (a long with the second part of the Justice League movie). There hasn’t been a lot of official movement on any of the DC movies beyond 2016. Wonder Woman actually made headlines because it lost its director over formative differences, and while Michelle MacLaren was replaced by Patty Jenkins.
Dwayne Johnson’s comments are very close to definitive. "It’s going to be earlier than that," he says. This is a man who is private on his own schedule, and has to know when he will be filming a blockbuster like Shazam. Presently, The Rock is one of the biggest action movie stars out there. He even says in the video (below) that he has been working on Black Adam for 8 years. I hope he will stay in the project even if Warner Bros. does in fact move the movie to 2019!
I'm not 100% sure what the timeline of the story is supposed to be. Maybe to set up for Shazam, both the Wonder Woman and The Flash absolutely need to take place before to set up for a much grander scheme in the universe?
But, if The Rock is telling us, yet again, that we won’t have to wait until 2019 to see him play Black Adam opposite a yet-to-be-cast Shazam, I’m more than willing to believe his credibility.