dwayne johnson black adam It’s been a long time coming, as the actor has been looking to bring the character to the big screen since 2007. The closest he came to making that happen was signing on in 2014 for a draft of Shazam!.
While that script never ended up becoming a reality, it did. once feature both Billy Batson and The Rock’s favorite anti-hero. Instead, the film was reworked to focus only on its main hero, who was ultimately played by Zachary Levi within the DC Extended Universe.
That doesn’t mean that things it didn’t go well for black adam, nevertheless. While he was cut from that draft, as many have probably already seen, he did get his own solo project, due out in just over two months.
It’s still hard not to think about what could have been. What if that first Shazam! script had been done with Billy and Black Adam in the spotlight? But what prevented it from happening in the first place?
In a new interview, Dwayne Johnson answered that very question..
Johnson turned down Shazam’s first script
In an interview with vanity fair, Black Adam actor Dwayne Johnson spoke about the first version of Shazam! why he signed up and how those circumstances ended up changing.
Johnson pointed out that the first draft of the project “It was a combination of Black Adam and Shazam”, but that the “I only knew in [his] intestine” which was not the right direction to go:
“When the first draft of the movie came to us, it was a combination of Black Adam and Shazam: two origin stories in one movie… now, that was the goal, so it wasn’t a complete surprise. But when I read that, I knew in my gut, ‘we can’t do this movie like this.’ We would be doing incredible damage to Black Adam. It would have been nice for Shazam to have two origin stories converge into one movie, but not for Black Adam.”
The actor revealed how “made a phone call” and offered his thoughts on how the study should “do [Shazam!] alone in the tone that [they] want” and separate Black Adam into something completely different:
“I made a phone call… I said, ‘I have to share my thoughts here. It’s very unpopular…’ because everyone thought, ‘Hey, this script is great, let’s do this movie.’ I said, ‘I really think you should do Shazam! Make that movie by itself in whatever tone you want.’ And I think we should separate this as well.’”
While the 2019 Shazam! The film included a brief allusion to Black Adam, in the form of a cautionary tale from the mysterious wizard, the character having been almost entirely removed from the outing.
The Rock also shared how excited he is to be able to “deliver a character that has never been seen before:”
“They always ask me, nine times out of 10, ‘Well, why did it take you so long? How come we haven’t heard of this character?… We have the opportunity to introduce a movie, to introduce a character that has never been seen before. There has been no other Black Adam.”
The Shazam That Never Was
with the original Shazam! movie with Black Adam, it’s strange how Zachary Levi’s hero is almost never mentioned when he speaks about Dwayne Johnson’s antihero. One would think that the two would often be mentioned in the same conversations, given their similarities.
However, it is rare that they ever do. In fact, there don’t even seem to be discussions about a major showdown between the two archenemies—which is strange, to say the least.
Instead, Johnson and fans seem stuck on the idea of his big bad character taking on Henry Cavil’s Superman. In fact, many were convinced that San Diego Comic-Con 2022 he would have a big surprise announcement waiting to impress the public; Unfortunately, none of that happened.
The closest the world has come to that showdown is a brief interaction between the two characters in DC Super Pets League.
Given the fervor of see Superman or Shazam take on Black Adamit’s probably a safe bet to assume that at least one of them is in the cards for a future outing.
black adam hits theaters on Friday, October 21.