The Rock Says Goodbye to Black Adam as Part of Major DCU Overhaul
The DC Universe is going through a cultural reset, folks. With James Gunn and Peter Safran recalibrating the DC multiverse's next chapter, we were bound to see some big changes and we already did. Recently, some of the casualties announced for such include the likes of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill’s Superman, and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman. Now, we can add Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Black Adam to the list, too, the actor confirms.
In a Twitter post, The Rock had been candid about the internal conversations going on between him and Gun.“ The hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change," he wrote. "James Gunn and I connected, and Black Adam will not be in their first chapter of storytelling.”
Black Adam?? pic.twitter.com/b7ZbCJZxBw— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 20, 2022
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He respected the new direction, as well, and has reassured fans of an amicable split. According to him, "these decisions made by James and DC leadership represent their vision of DCU through their creative lens.”
Nevertheless, the Fast and the Furious star didn't exactly close the door on playing the anti-hero just yet. DC, together with Seven Bucks, still hopes to work on the different ways the group can use Black Adam in their future storylines.
In the past, we may recall that Johnson had been one of Black Adam's biggest advocates (for obvious reasons). He has continously stressed how long it took them to have the movie made (15 years, to be exact). "I’m very proud of the film we delivered for fans worldwide. I will always look back on the fan reaction to Black Adam with tremendous gratitude, humility, and love," he noted.
Where does this leave the DCU then? Only time will tell. Still, it sucks to see this era for the franchise end this way. Fortunately, there seems to be no hard feelings between the producers and the stars (at least not publicly).