Black Adam is a movie that is eventually happening. Shazam is a movie that is definitely happening. While they are usually entwined, DC has a plan to present them separately. Some may find that odd, but in a world where Venom is getting a movie without Spider-Man, and Joker without Batman, it is becoming common place.
The good folks over at Collider have an interview with producer Hiram Garcia. In it, Garcia explains why Black Adam and Shazam weren’t introduced in the same flick:
“So as we were developing an actual Black Adam and Shazam movie, we were just realizing that both characters are so special that we didn’t want to compromise either of them by cramming them both into the same movie. So that’s why we made the decision to let Shazam have his own standalone movie and kind of launch him properly, and then we’ll do the same for Black Adam. And so that kind of really freed things up. It allowed us to develop the right version of both.”
Garcia is the one that pitched playing Black Adam to Dwayne Johnson, and he explains why it was such a great choice:
“Black Adam just made kind of great sense. It was this kind of really cool antihero, kicks ass, who believes in basically exacting justice in his way with a fascinating backstory, the history he has with regards to having been a former slave and freeing his people and then getting his abilities and what happened from there. So I pitched that to Dwayne early on, and he loved the idea, and we’ve just kind of kept it in the back of our mind. We had a great conversation with Warner Brothers one time years ago, and we all settled on this was our character.”
It is going to be a while before we see Johnson suit up. He is currently filming 37,000 movies right now. Then, he will go on to film a sequel to Big Trouble In Little China.
But once both films get launched, I assume we will see them meet up. That will definitely be worth watching.
What do you think of this decision? Is it better this way, or would you have preferred them to be introduced together?