There’s been a lot of news coming out since the announcement last week that Henry Cavill would no longer be playing the role of Superman in the DCU, with the latest being about the future of Black Adam.
The star of the most recent DC film, Dwayne Johnson, recently broke his silence on the matter in a statement he made online. “My passionate friends, I wanted to give you a long-awaited Black Adam update regarding the character’s future in the new DC Universe. James Gunn and I connected, and Black Adam will not be in their first chapter of storytelling. However, DC and Seven Bucks have agreed to continue exploring the most valuable ways Black Adam can be utilized in future DC multiverse chapters. James and I have known each other for years and have always rooted for each other to succeed. It’s no different now, and I will always root for DC (and Marvel) to win and WIN BIG. You guys know me, and I have very thick skin – and you can always count on me to be direct with my words.”
There’s quite a bit to unpack in this statement. First off, it seems that he and DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn are still on good terms, which may surprise some people who seem to want to constantly vilify Gunn for trying to right the ship that was led astray by the previous regime at WB. Even though the character he spent so many years promoting isn’t going to be a part of “their first chapter of storytelling” as he put it, Johnson gives the impression that his Black Adam may return somewhere down the road, as it’s part of the “DC multiverse.”
He also goes on to say he’ll always “root for DC (and Marvel) to win” which could either point to the possibility of Johnson joining the MCU, or it could just be his way of placating both sides of the fandom.
No matter what, it doesn’t seem like we’ll be getting a Black Adam 2 anytime in the near future, if at all, and with the exit of Henry Cavill from the role of Superman, they won’t be meeting up in battle.