Black Adam was removed from the upcoming DCEU movie, Shazam! and let’s try to decode the strange reason for it. Dwayne Johnson is said to have been associated with ‘Black Adam’ project for a while and Shazam! seem to be finally moving ahead towards filming. A lot saw it as a bad sign that ‘Black Adam’ has not been included and Seven Bucks Productions’ President of Production Hiram Garcia broke it down during an interview.
“So as we were developing an actual Black Adam and Shazam movie, we were just realizing that both characters are so special that we didn’t want to compromise either of them by cramming them both into the same movie,” Garcia told Collider. “So that’s why we made the decision to let Shazam have his own standalone movie and kind of launch him properly, and then we’ll do the same for Black Adam. And so that kind of really freed things up. It allowed us to develop the right version of both.”
The simple reason for this is giving equal and undivided attention to both the superheroes and putting them together in a single movie would not have done that. Hiram Garcia added that giving a standalone movie for Shazam! was planned and a huge launch will follow too. The same would be repeated for Black Adam as well.
“Black Adam just made kind of great sense. It was this kind of really cool antihero, kicks ass, who believes in basically exacting justice in his way with a fascinating backstory, the history he has with regards to having been a former slave and freeing his people and then getting his abilities and what happened from there. So I pitched that to Dwayne early on, and he loved the idea, and we’ve just kind of kept it in the back of our mind. We had a great conversation with Warner Brothers one time years ago, and we all settled on this was our character,” Garcia added.
The golden pairing of Black Adam and Dwayne Johnson makes complete sense to Garcia and had initially pitched the idea of Johnson playing the hero.
She also said how Black Adam is really cool and an anti-hero type who kicks ass. ‘He believes in exacting justice which may have an interesting backstory to it,’ Garcia elaborated. She pitched the complete idea to Dwayne who seemed to have loved it and says all has been settled about the character. ‘A discussion with Warner Brothers happened a year ago,’ she signed off.
Shazam! will be helmed by David F. Sandberg and will see Zachary Levi playing the titular role and Mark Strong will play the antagonist Dr.Sivana. The other roles are played by Djimon Hounsou (The Wizard), Jack Dylan Grazer (Freddy Freeman), Asher Angel (Billy Batson), Grace Fulton (Mary Bromfield), Ross Butler, Adam Brody, and Michelle Borth. Check out the official synopsis for the film below:
“We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong),” the synopsis reads.