Given that the anti-hero is expected to join the DC Extended Universe this autumn, Dwayne Johnson says he already has ideas for spinoffs centered on Black Adam. Black Adam, which introduces the comic book legend to the greater DCEU, is finally about to hit theaters after spending years in development limbo. While Black Adam was originally slated to appear in Shazam!, the first live-action version of the character will be making a different kind of cinematic entrance. Black Adam recasts the Shazam villain as an anti-hero for Johnson’s iteration.
The Black Adam film, which is being directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, will examine Teth-bleak Adam’s and terrible past as a Khandaq slave before he acquired the abilities that made him into the DC legend. While Johnson’s titular character will be facing off against the evil DC organization, Intergang, which has strong ties to Darkseid and Apokolips in the comics, Black Adam is portrayed as a hero with dubious morals. The Justice Society of America, the DC squad that existed before the Justice League, will also make its cinematic debut in the movie. Johnson’s film has been tipped to alter the direction of the DCEU for years while Black Adam underwent a protracted production process from development to main photography.
Johnson has provided more details on the intentions for Black Adam offshoot projects, although there have previously been discussions in this regard. As the movie aims to “extend the universe,” Johnson revealed in a recent interview with Total Film (via Games Radar) that the creative team is aware of which characters they are considering for spinoffs after Black Adam. Johnson emphasized that he has some ideas for which Black Adam characters viewers will enjoy seeing in the movie, sharing the following: “The goal is to really expand the universe, and introduce new characters, and spin-off, and be really strategic about the plan,” without specifying which players they are specifically looking at. We have a couple ideas for the Black Adam characters that audiences will really connect with, so we are starting planning for the future by saying, “Let’s start thinking about that movie, and what that movie looks like for them.
Over the past few years, the notion of creating spinoffs based on DCEU assets has grown. After The Suicide Squad, James Gunn developed the HBO Max offshoot series Peacemaker, in which John Cena played Christopher Smith once more. Not only was Peacemaker season 2 approved, but Gunn is also working on two more spinoff projects, one of which will center on Amanda Waller, played by Viola Davis. Warner Bros. Discovery will continue to use its streaming service for future DC content even if HBO Max will be combined with Discovery Plus as a new service next summer. Johnson has already mentioned a Black Adam sequel as a movie, so it sounds like it might be a theatrical release, but that is yet to be determined.
The Justice Society of America is the apparent cast from Black Adam that is likely to be explored more, regardless of whether the plan is theatrical spinoff films or HBO Max programs. Aldis Hodge will portray Hawkman in the DCEU’s JSA, and Pierce Brosnan will play Doctor Fate. Quintessa Swindell and Noah Centineo will play Cyclone and Atom Smasher, respectively, and they will receive significant screen time. It would indeed be unexpected if the Black Adam spinoff wasn’t based on the JSA. The CW drama The CW drama covers the new generation of the team, and the DCEU rendition can concentrate on the original one. Stargirl has already demonstrated interest in the JSA. Only time will tell how successful these spinoff ideas will be once Black Adam is released in theaters.
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