Dwayne Johnson has revealed that he “definitely” intends to make a Black Adam-Superman crossover film, even going so far as to say that it is “the whole premise” of his next DC antihero standalone feature.
Johnson made the remarks in a recent interview with CinemaBlend, where he reaffirmed that “a new era in the DC Universe” is about to begin. “By that, I meant introducing a completely new character.” It’s not a sequel or a pre-existing IP. “It was…you know, Black Adam!” he exclaimed. “Two years ago, no one knew who he was. We did, but not the rest of the people out there. Introducing the JSA [Justice Society of America], heralding the beginning of a new era in the DC universe.”
Johnson said that “listening to the fans” and “doing our best to give the people what they want” will be crucial in shaping the DC Universe’s new age. “You can’t always give people what they want. “But you’ll always know we’re listening,” the actor remarked. “In this instance… I’ve been listening and wanting to speak to fans for years. ‘I’ve been waiting for someone to take the stage and say, ‘Hey, we hear you.’ So, after many months evolved into years, we arrived at what we arrived at. And now, the entire goal and intention is to this new period, new moment. Let’s get started.”
Black Adam and others associated with the superhero Shazam have long been portrayed in DC Comics as a powerful nemesis of Superman. This isn’t Johnson’s first mention of Superman in connection with Black Adam. When asked who of the characters would win a fight at Comic-Con 2022, the actor replied, “That depends on who plays Superman,” however “pound for pound, they’re close.”
Johnson stars in Black Adam as the antihero of the same name, who unleashes his particular brand of justice on the world nearly 5,000 years after being given with the great abilities of the Egyptian gods and imprisoned. Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, Sarah Shahi, Marwan Kenzari, and Pierce Brosnan appear in the film, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and written by Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines, and Sohrab Noshirvani. Warner Bros. will release it in theatres on October 21st.