– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Well, I didn’t see that coming…

But then again, DCEU, you always manage to find new ways to surprise me, don’t you?

Moments ago, The Hollywood Reporter broke the story that Black Adam will now get his own movie. Yup, the same Black Adam that action superstar Dwayne Johnson has been attached to play for years now will now get his own movie, aside from whatever happens with Shazam!

Last week, the internet was abuzz about Shazam! because of an apparent major meeting that took place between Johnson, his producing partners, and the new braintrust over at Warner Bros. that is overseeing the DC Extended Universe. When he walked away all pumped and shared with his fans on social media that the future of the DCEU now looked brighter than ever, everyone instantly assumed that Shazam! would not be gaining some traction and that the movie was going to enter production in the relatively near future.

Turns out everyone was wrong.

While we were all busy coming up with what this Shazam! flick will look like, apparently Johnson and his team pitched a standalone Black Adam movie, and it’s now on the way. 

There are a couple of other notable details from THR’s report:

  1. Production for Black Adam will reportedly run concurrently to production on Shazam!
  2. The film will apparently be produced not by Warner Bros. proper, but rather its little brother, New Line Cinema

My imagination begins to race when I read this kind of stuff, but I’ll try to keep my thoughts to myself until I have something more concrete. For now, all I’ll say is that #1 sounds like it’s part of the WB’s old practice for these DC films where they have several scripts at different stages of development by different creative teams all for the same movie, and then eventually pick which one gets made. So, to me, it sounds like they’re going to develop both Black Adam and Shazam! side-by-side, but may actually only end up making only one of them.

But that’s just my speculation.

For now, there’s a Black Adam movie getting made, with Dwayne Johnson front-and-center. Thoughts?!


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.