While Dwayne Johnson was officially cast as villain/antihero Black Adam in Shazam last year, it was later announced that the movie would not be released until April 5th, 2019. While Johnson recently hinted that the film could get an earlier release date, fans have speculated that Black Adam could pop up in one of DC’s other movies before Shazam. Could Johnson appear in Suicide Squad? Justice League Part One? Wonder Woman? We’ll just have to wait and see, but for now, it sounds like “The Rock” is interesting in taking Black Adam to at least one of these franchises.
Speaking with IGN (transcript via We Got This Covered), Johnson was asked if it was possible that Black Adam could appear alongside the Justice League, and he goes on to discuss the potential of Black Adam’s (anti)heroic side. “I think so, and I think you always leave that creatively open, that he could join the Justice League and I think… that’s the fun part of creating this character right now and everybody involved, from the studio, from New Line, to Warner Bros as well, to the writer, our producing partners. You want to… you definitely want to engage in his heroic side, but that has to be earned.” Johnson later clarified these comments on Twitter, saying, “He shouldn’t join #Justic[e]League one fine day.. he should fight them.”
Johnson then talks about exploring Adam’s mythology and backstory, saying that a solid foundation has to be earned for him to fully become an antihero. “With the mythology of Black Adam starting off as a slave, because when you start off as a slave, just inherently, there’s things in your DNA that piss you off. And that’s the bottom line, so I think we have to respect and pay homage to the true mythology and then the heroic side will come down the line, but I think it’s important and we all feel it’s important and I believe the fans at IGN feel it’s important to make sure the homage is paid at the beginning because then you have a stronger foundation to stand on, and so he will become an anti-hero, but at first… daddy’s got to go to work.”
It’s clear that Johnson is very passionate about getting to play Black Adam, a casting decision that has been advocated by fans for years. Hopefully, he will go on to play Teth-Adam for many DC movies.