Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been attached to play Black Adam for the DCEU, but he won’t be making his debut in the upcoming Shazam! movie. Instead, Black Adam is set to have his own film, and The Rock gives us an update on the status of his DCEU standalone.
Talking to Film Starts, Johnson explains:
With Black Adam, I don’t think we’re going to start early next year… Early next year right now it looks like I’m going to be shooting Jumanji, and then after that, if everything goes well I’ll shoot a movie called Red Notice with Rawson Thurber again, with Gal Gadot, and another actor yet to be named. But Black Adam possibly at the end of next year. It’s coming along great, the script is coming along great we’re very happy with it.
For now, the only confirmed films for DCEU’s 2019 slate are Shazam!, and Wonder Woman 1984. It’s possible that a third movie could be announced as well, but seeing as the DCEU is still trying to get on its feet after Justice League, it’s possible that we could only be getting two films for 2019.
As for cameos in Black Adam, Johnson teases:
Without giving anything away, there MIGHT be maybe a cameo or two of some of the other DC superheroes… We’ll see. That’s been the beauty of Black Adam as we’ve been developing it is that we could make a movie that just stood on its own too as well, but that’s also the beauty of those universes coming together at DC.
The most likely candidate for this is obviously Shazam, the archenemy of Black Adam, and whose own solo film will be released far enough in advance to establish the character. But the DCEU has been good at surprising cameo expectations. After all, who in their right mind expected to see the Flash show up in Suicide Squad?
Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Grace Fulton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand and Mark Strong as Doctor Sivana. Here’s the official synopsis:
“We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).”
Shazam! hits theaters on April 5, 2019.