Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson says the future of Black Adam is now "shrouded in mystery" following executive changes at Warner Bros.
The first Black Adam told the story of an anti-hero superbeing who is brought back to life in modern times. It was a passion project for 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 and wasn't a box office hit, either.
With Gunn now calling the shots creatively at DC, there are currently no plans for a Black Adam sequel.
"Black Adam got caught in a vortex of new leadership. And at that time, as we were creating Black Adam, developing it, shooting Black Adam… it was so many changes in leadership," The Rock said on his friend Kevin Hart's Hart to Heart podcast.
“And as you know, anytime you have a company, but especially that size and magnitude that’s a publicly traded company, and you have all those changes in leadership, you have people coming in who, creatively and fiscally, are going to make decisions that you may not agree with.
"You have the biggest opening of your career. Sure, no China, that could’ve been maybe 100, maybe 200 million more dollars.
“You’re establishing a new superhero and you want to grow out the franchise. You bring back Superman and Henry Cavill – the world went crazy… we created a diverse superhero portfolio, where we have just men and women of colour in ‘Black Adam 2’ as well.”
The Rock comments on negative Black Adam reception
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.'”
Action / Fantasy
2022 • 124 minutes