Shazam! released in 2019 and was well-received by audiences. The tone of the film was lighter than most of the DC Comics films which had preceded it since 2013’s Man of Steel. Black Adam is one of the archenemies of the Shazam and the nemesis of the Shazam Family.
Dwayne Johnson was initially cast as Black Adam fifteen years ago, back in 2007. The movie was in development for such a long time and now it is getting ready for the big screens. The first official trailer of the movie is finally out and fans are celebrating it.
Ahead of the trailer’s release, the team behind the movie spoke with the press to share their experience with the movie. The team including Dwayne Johnson, producers Hiram Garcia and Beau Flynn, opened up about the original plans and why things ended up different behind the scenes.
Dwayne Johnson talked about the long journey he had with the movie over a decade.
The original plan, maybe five or six years ago I think, was to tell the two origin stories of Shazam! and Black Adam in the same movie. That’s what we had worked on. The script was delivered. When we all read the script, I immediately felt like, ‘We have to separate these two movies. We have to honor Shazam! and that origin story and what that is and what that can be for the fans and then we also have to tell our story, too, as well.’ I think in separating them, with the majority of the world not knowing who Black Adam if you weren’t a serious comic book fan, it was important I think to separate them and tell each story respectively.
The crossovers between Black Adam and Shazam! in DCEU might not happen anytime soon but producers Hiram Garcia promised they have such events in mind.
It’s all part of the mission, In our mind, it’s all part of a shared universe. All these guys exist together. We’re just focused on telling this story, on telling Black Adam and [Justice Society of America]. But the way we view it and our ambitions for the Universe is this is all shared. And I think you start to feel the ripples of these guys in the Universe.
Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the Egyptian gods—and imprisoned just as quickly—Black Adam is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.
The movie is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra from a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines, and Sohrab Noshirvani. Apart Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam, the film stars Sarah Shahi as Isis, Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone and Pierce Brosnan as Dr Fate. Black Adam hits the big screen on October 21, 2022.
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