– by Joseph Jammer Medina

A couple years ago, the entirety of the DC Extended Universe through 2019 seemed to be decided. They had a slate of nine films, release dates for each of them, and most of the core talent on board. Among all this talent was one Dwayne The Rock Johnson, who signed on to play the anti-hero Black Adam. 

A lot has changed in a few years. Yes, all the core talent is still on board, but after the relative financial underperformance and underwhelming critical reception of their last two films, things have changed drastically. Warner Bros and DC Films have announced more than a handful of new films, none of which we currently have any solid info on in terms of plot or their placement in the DCEU slate.

One big noteworthy addition to the slate came in the form of a Black Adam movie. As mentioned above, Dwayne Johnson has been attached to play the character for some time, but until recently, he’s been attached to the Shazam flick. With him now spearheading his own DC film, it certainly gives a much needed weight to his potential role in the DCEU as a whole.

Speaking with MTV, the Fate of the Furious star discussed some of the meetings he had, and how they bode well for the DCEU.

“We’ve had great discussions with Geoff Johns over at DC. This is a really fun, cool time for DC right now because they’re world-building. We’re seeing that with Wonder Woman and Aquaman. We have a few surprises down the line. So what we decided to do was to create a scenario where Black Adam has his standalone movie, and Captain Marvel, Shazam, has his standalone movie. We’re building our world that way, and then we can come together at some point.”

While there is little actually revealed in these comments, it does make it sound as though there will be no Black Adam in Shazam, which could help to make them stand out from one another, rather than be direct continuations. We’ll be interested to see how these heroes will come together soon.

This also gets us wondering about the recent (unverified and potentially bogus) rumors surrounding Black Adam potentially being the big bad in Man of Steel 2. Could that film be the culmination of that trifecta of films? While that’d be pretty cool, that would once again put Superman in a position where he is no longer the lead of his own movies, which I think audiences have seen enough of. But with so many moving parts in the DCEU, it’s impossible to speculate.

What do you think of all this? How would you like to see Black Adam’s role in the DCEU play out? Let us know in the comments down below!

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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.