The hierarchy of power in the DC universe has certainly changed, but maybe not in the way actor Dwayne Johnson intended.
The Rock has issued a statement about his future DC anti-hero Black Adam following a meeting with DC Studios co-chief James Gunn.
The wrestler-turned-actor spent fifteen years trying to get a film adaptation of the “Black Adam” comic made and finally achieved that this year.
Now though, in a lengthy post, Johnson says the first “Black Adam” film will NOT be the “first chapter of storytelling”. He confirms any plans for a direct sequel have been halted and will not be moving forward any time soon.
However, Johnson adds that DC and his production company, Seven Bucks, have agreed to “continue exploring the most valuable ways Black Adam can be utilized in future DC multiverse chapters.”
That leaves the door open for Johnson’s potential screen return down the line, but when is anyone’s guess. It’s certainly a long walk back from Johnson’s previously touted plans to develop several DC Universe titles including a potential Black Adam vs. Henry Cavill’s Superman film.
The statement reads as follows:
“My passionate friends, I wanted to give you a long-awaited Black Adam update regarding the character’s future in the new DC Universe. James Gunn and I connected, and Black Adam will not be in their first chapter of storytelling.
However, DC and Seven Bucks have agreed to continue exploring the most valuable ways Black Adam can be utilized in future DC multiverse chapters. 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 root 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 be direct with my words.”
The comments come as Gunn himself has also shot down reports of a potential recasting of Wonder Woman, responding on Instagram (via Digital Spy) to a fan commenting about that by saying “I’m not sure where you’re getting that we ‘booted’ Gal”.
Gunn has responded to this statement’s release, saying “Love The Rock & I’m always excited to see what he & Seven Bucks do next. Can’t wait to collaborate soon”.
We expect to hear more about the future of the DC universe as early as next month.