Black Adam was meant to be the beginning of a new era for DC Comics on the silver screen, instead the new universe was scrapped before it even began.
The movie tells the story of an anti-hero superbeing who is brought back to life in modern times. It was a passion project for Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, who starred in the title role.
At the conclusion of Black Adam, Henry Cavill made his sensational return as Superman in a post-credits scene. The actor subsequently announced that he would be reprising the role of Clark Kent in various DC projects moving forward.
However, when James Gunn and Peter Safran were given new executive roles within DC, those plans were completely shelved. It didn't help that Black Adam did not receive positive reviews from critics upon its release.
Johnson remains content that the fans seemed to enjoy the movie more than critics.
“All that I can do, and all that we could do when we were making ‘Black Adam,’ was to put our best foot forward and surround ourselves with the best people and deliver the best movie we could,” he told Variety at the Oscars.
“Our audience score was in the 90s. Critics took a couple shots, but that’s just the business of it.
“It’s almost like when you have a pro football team and your quarterback wins championships and your head coach wins championships and then a new owner comes in and says, ‘Not my coach, not my quarterback. I’m going to go with somebody new.'”
Cavill responds to Superman news
Cavill responded to the news that he has been axed as Superman and while he is saddened at not donning the cape again, he says he understands there must be a "changing of the guard" at some point.
“I just had a meeting with James Gunn and Peter Safran, and it’s sad news, everyone,” Cavill posted on social media.
“I will, after all, not be returning as Superman. After being told by the studio to announce my return back in October, prior to their hire, this news isn’t the easiest, but that’s life.
"The changing of the guard is something that happens. I respect that. James and Peter have a universe to build. I wish them and all involved with the new universe the best of luck, and the happiest of fortunes."