Dwayne, “The Rock” Johnson, has been trying to get a Black Adam movie off the ground for years, and now it finally seems like his dream is coming true. The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Tuesday that Dwayne had closed deals with both Warner Bros. (who owns DC Comics) and New Line Cinema (who owns the film rights to Black Adam). This means he will star in and produce the upcoming spin-off of superhero movies from Marvel Studios.
Both Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War (2016) and DC Comics’ Suicide Squad (2016) were both box office successes, with each grossing over $700 million worldwide. It’s not unrealistic to assume that this will happen again for the upcoming Black Adam spin-off movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
This new film deal comes just after the success of Disney/Marvel Studio’s Doctor Strange (2016). After its release last month, it became the second-highest-grossing film of 2016 so far.
The Black Adam Spin-off:
The Black Adam spin-off is only the latest in a string of successful superhero films from Warner Bros. The Hollywood Reporter also reported that Dwayne has signed on to star as Black Adam and produce alongside Hiram Garcia, Beau Flynn, and Dany Garcia.
The Black Adam spin-off is scheduled to be released on January 18th, 2019, with production set in early 2018. This will be Dwayne’s fifth movie since he signed a contract for up to seven movies with Warner Bros. last year after leading their hit Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017).
In addition, there are also rumors that Dwayne could star as Shazam! in New Line Cinema and WB Animation’s live-action adaptation of the character. If this happens then, it will make sense that his next project might not have him starring or producing but rather just acting as Black Adam instead.
The Black Adam movie will be set in the same universe as Shazam! and have Dwayne Johnson playing Black Adam. The film is scheduled to release on January 18th, 2022, with production beginning early next year.
Black Adam has been confirmed for a standalone Netflix series but it hasn’t been given an official release date yet. It’s also unclear whether or not other DC heroes like Billy Batson aka Shazam, who play key roles in this storyline, will appear at all.” – Instagrammed by Warner Bros. Pictures’ Official Account (January 16, 2018)
“In an interview with Empire, Dwayne Johnson revealed a few key details about his upcoming Black Adam movie. The film will be set in the DC Extended Universe and star Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam. One of the major differences between this and other movies is that it won’t feature any of the classic Shazam characters.” – Written by Kevin Richardson (January 16, 2018)
“The only thing Black Adam needs is his love interest and we’ll have the perfect story. I want to create a whole world around Black Adam.” – Dwayne Johnson in an interview with Variety.
“Warner Bros. Pictures on YouTube released the first trailer for their upcoming superhero film ‘Black Adam’.” (March 21, 2019)
Description from WarnerBrosPicturesYoutube’s channel: “Dive into one of DC Comics’ most powerful heroes. The antihero knew as Black Manta suddenly has new competition because Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will be playing Black Adam!”
“In this video clip from the forthcoming movie Black Adam, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson stars as the antihero, Black Adam. You may know him better from his appearance in Shazam!, but Black Adam has always been a villain.”
“Johnson was just cast to play Black Manta’s nemesis in upcoming film Aquaman; (2018), and now he’ll be playing one of DC Comics’ most powerful villains. And sounds like we could see more than that. In an interview with Variety, The Rock revealed how excited he is; for the role of Black Adam: “I love this character! He starts as Cain – without knowing the whole backstory; or anything about who I am – and slowly over time; you get introduced into understanding; why I’m doing what I do.”
Most Asked Questions about Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam:
What is Black Adam’s backstory without giving away too much? Who introduced Dwayne Johnson to this role?
How did he get into acting in the first place; and how does that relate to his roots as a wrestler? Is there anything new coming up with him; or will it be similar to previous roles like Luke Hobbs in Furious Seven?”
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