Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has finally announced that the forthcoming Black Adam film will mark the dawn of an all “new era” for the DC Cinematic Universe. also known as the DCEU as mentioned above.
Johnson talked about how the blockbuster hit from Warner Bros. will completely shape DCEUs future while appearing in an exclusive interview with Screen Rant.
Here’s what Dwayne Johnson Said About Black Adam
“[The San Diego Comic-Con 2022] footage is a reflection of our tone,” he said. “That footage is also a reflection of our director’s vision, who wanted to create something that was different; who wanted to create a movie that was disruptive. But also he wanted to create a movie that would start the pendulum swing in the DC Universe.”
“In addition to the hierarchy of power that I’ve been talking about, this pendulum swing [will] usher in a new era of the DC Universe. A new antihero era; a new era of tone, and a new era of story,” Johnson continued. “And also, it’s this incredible opportunity that we have at Seven Bucks Productions for Black Adam’s storytelling to build out the DC Universe with disruption and with respect. Listening to the fans, because they’ll always guide you.”
Watch the Black Adam teaser trailer below:
Black Adam’s Jaume Collet-Serra, who happens to be the film’s director also echoed Johnson’s comments in an interview, insisting that Dwayne’s titular character is quite different from all other DCEU superheroes.
Referencing Adam’s attitude of an anti-hero, Collet-Serra revealed that it is actually the anti-hero. He was responsible for most of the conflict in the film, rather than being a true hero. He revealed that this is exactly what sets the anti-hero apart from a more conventionally heroic costumed adventurer in DCEU, alongside many more roles Johnson has portrayed in the past, too.
Painful for Black Adam To Face Earlier DCEU Movies’ Failure (Except a couple)
It is very painful for director Collet-Serra and star Dwayne Johnson to face the ‘differences between Black Adam and earlier installments in the DCEU, the movie remains totally established in the shared MCU universe’s unshakeable canon. A notable example of this is the inclusion of Suicide Squad‘s Amanda Waller, who is once again portrayed by Viola Davis. The size of Waller’s role in the movie is currently unclear, although Hawkman actor Aldis Hodge recently indicated that Davis filmed more than just a one-scene cameo.
Johnson Also Spoke About Superman Star Henry Cavill
Johnson also has plenty of praise for his DCEU peer Henry Cavill, raving about his performances as DC’s flagship superhero, Superman. “Henry is a buddy and he is a phenomenal Superman,” he said. “He is a phenomenal Superman and Henry Cavill is the Superman of our generation with respect to the other Supermans of the past.
Black Adam arrives in theaters on Oct. 21.