Dwayne Johnson was cast as DC character Black Adam in 2007. Yep, like 13 years ago.
Well, it looks like we’re actually, finally, really going to see him take on the role in a film that’s set to go into production in 2020! In a response to a fan who had crafted a sculpture of Johnson as Black Adam, Johnson revealed that he would be filming the movie in July.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 18, 2019
As mentioned, Johnson has been circling this one for years. The project has gone in and out of development a number of times, with various creatives coming on board and leaving as it evolved. Johnson was at point offered the role of Shazam, before he settled on that character’s arch nemises, the anti-hero Black Adam. An early plan had Johnson set to play Black Adam in the Shazam movie, but it was later decided he would lead his own film.
The character was created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck and first appeared as a one-time villain in the first issue of Fawcett Comics’ The Marvel Family comic book (December 1945). He was originally depicted as an Egyptian predecessor of Shazam (who was once known as Captain Marvel), who fought through to the modern day to take on the hero and his associates. Writers Jerry Orday, Geoff Johns, and David S. Goyer have re-imagined the character over the years, making him an anti-hero attempting to clear his name and reputation.
The Black Adam movie is to be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, known for Orphan, Liam Neeson thrillers Unknown, Non-Stop, Run All Night & The Commuter, and The Shallows. He’s also at the helm of Disney’s Jungle Cruise, starring Johnson and Emily Blunt.
Shazam! earned $US364.5 million worldwide from a budget of $US100 million, a moderate hit in the realm of superhero blockbusters, but still quite good – and there’s a sequel on the way.
Johnson was recently seen in Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw, which has topped $US758 million worldwide. He’ll next be seen in Jumanji: The Next Level, in Aus cinemas on Boxing Day, and then Jungle Cruise, in Aus cinemas July 23, 2020.