For the last five years, it has been official that Dwayne The Rock Johnson will be playing Black Adam in the DC Extended Universe. Ever since Shazam! got released in March this year, and got good reviews, the need for the spinoff with Black Adam has been growing, so it is expected that the movie will start shooting soon. For some fans not soon enough, but keep in mind that it was just a few months since Shazam! was released in theatres. The Rock revealed when the spinoff will start shooting, and that would be in the summer of 2020, which is less than a year from now.
This revelation began with Johnson admiring a sculpture of how it was imagined he would look like as Black Adam, which a fan shared. Johnson took notice of the fact that the whole project has been with him for more than 10 years so far, since the time when it was believed that Peter Segal will direct the movie. The Rock took it to Twitter to announce that the beginning of the shooting will start in July 2020.
As some of you may know, both Dwayne Johnson and producer Hiram Garcia announced that the goal was to get the spinoff to kick off production by the end of 2020. Because of this, we believe that no one expected it to be sooner. But it seems that the movie’s timetable started accelerating.
By the time production starts, it will be 13 years since the Rock has been connected to the Kahndaqian anti-hero Black Adam. At the time the wider DCEU first started coming together, which was after Man of Steel was released, and just before Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Johnson was asked to choose between playing Shazam and playing Black Adam. We all know who he picked, and it is believed to be a good choice, but he has yet to prove it.
At first, Shazam! movie was differently imagined. Until January 2017, the plot of the first movie was supposed to present a fight between Shazam and Black Adam, but the DCEU changed its mind, announcing that Black Adam will have his own movie, where he would debut. There is a scene in Shazam! where The Wizard is talking about how the Seven Deadly Sins were unleashed upon the world by his previous champion, known as Teth-Adam, thousands of years ago. So it was kind of a teaser for our anti-hero.
It is still unknown when the long-awaited clash between Shazam and Black Adam will happen, but according to Zachary Levi, who plays Billy Batson, it won’t be until Shazam! 3. We will wait as long as it takes.
There are not official Black Adam plot details, but it is believed that the story will explore Black Adam’s origins and what made him an anti-hero. However, there were some rumors about Hawkman, Stargirl, and Atom Smasher being in the movie.
The script was written by Adam Sztykiel. And if the production begins when announced, the release date could be reserved for 2021, although 2023 seems more logical. Stay tuned for more updates.