Dwayne Johnson says that after speaking with the co-head of DC Studios James Gunnthe DC anti-hero Black Adams “it won’t be in their first chapter of the narrative”. But Johnson added a statement posted on social media that DC and its production company, Seven Bucks, “have agreed to continue to explore the most valuable ways Black Adam can be used in future chapters of the DC multiverse.” In response, Gunn tweeted: “I love The Rock, and I’m always excited to see what he and Seven Bucks do next. I look forward to collaborating soon.”
The announcement is the latest in a long line of news following Gunn’s appointment as head of DC Studios with producer Peter Safran, as the two men reshape the future of Warner Bros. slate of movies, TV shows and games based on DC characters. Gunn and Safran have systematically untangled the DC Universe from the team of characters who have established themselves over the past 10 years, starting with Wonder Woman Of Gal Gadot and Superman Of Henry Cavilltwo actors who have played the roles in multiple films.
Notably, Cavill recently appeared in Black Adams as the Man of Steel in a post-credits cameo, which preceded the actor’s announcement that he is “returned as Superman” – a day before Gunn and Safran officially got their jobs at DC. On Dec. 14, Cavill then backtracked, confirming that he wasn’t actually returning as the Last Son of Krypton, when news broke that Gunn was writing a new Superman movie.
Dwayne Johnsonjust made his DC debut with Black Adams, which premiered in theaters in October to disappointing box office returns, casting doubt on the prospects of a sequel just weeks after its release. To date, the film has earned $391 million worldwide (against a budget of $195 million, plus marketing).
Johnson’s statement includes effusive praise for Gunn, noting that they know each other.”for years” and “they always rooted for each other to succeed“. This comes a day after Gunn faced the “disrespectful protestsby some DC fans for her creative decisions regarding Cavill and Gadot. Here is the statement by Dwayne Johnson in full:
My fellow fans, I wanted to give you a long-awaited update on Black Adam regarding the character’s future in the new DC Universe. James Gunn and I have talked and Black Adam will not be in the first chapter of the intended narrative. However, DC and Seven Bucks have agreed to continue exploring the most valuable ways Black Adam can be used in future chapters of the DC multiverse.
James and I have known each other for years and have always rooted for each other to succeed. It’s no different now, and I will always be rooting for DC (and Marvel) to win and WIN BIG. You guys know me and I have very thick skin and you can always count on me to always be clear when I say something.
These decisions made by James and DC’s leadership represent their vision of the DCU through their creative lens. After 15 years of relentless hard work to finally make Black Adam, I am very proud of the film we have delivered to fans around the world. I will always look back on the fan reaction to Black Adam with tremendous gratitude, humility and love. We did great.
To my very passionate fans and lovers of the Black Adam/Super Hero genre – I love you, THANK YOU, and I WILL ALWAYS LISTEN and do my best to entertain you. What a hell of a month – now we all need some Teremana! Have a productive week and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and your families!