Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson confirms that his plan for Black Adam’s DCEU future definitely involves fighting Superman, but he won’t say when.
The Rock Confirms He Will Definitely Fight Superman In The DC Extended Universe After Black Adam. The DCEU started in 2013 with Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel, but Dwayne Johnson has been trying to play Black Adam for some time. The public is now only a few weeks away from finally seeing it Black Adamthe final DC movie of 2022. This is where Johnson makes his DCEU debut as Black Adam alongside members of the Justice Society of America. Black Adam has been confirmed to have connections to the wider cinematic universe, including a cameo from The Suicide Squad‘s Amanda Waller. There is also constant speculation that Black Adam will contain or at least reference Superman.
For almost as long as Johnson has been linked to play Black Adam, the actor has hyped the potential big-screen meeting between him and Superman. The immediate teases of Superman and Black Adam’s meeting in the DCEU date back to late 2016, when Cavill posted an image of Johnson teasing their excitement for the future. Johnson has done his part to repeatedly tease a Superman fight since then, including a more recent tease that he always listens to to fans in response to Black Adam and Superman fan art. The Black Adam star even overshadowed by the DCEU’s mishandling of Superman and his long absence.
As part of Black Adam press tour, Johnson was again asked about a possible Superman fight during an interview with CinemaBlend. Because he teases so much, the outlet asks Johnson if he plans to make a movie where Black Adam and Superman fight. The Rock doesn’t mince words in his response, stating that this is: “Absolute” his intention. Moreover, he suggests that a meeting between Superman and Black Adam is one of the main reasons why a new era for the DCEU is about to begin.
Absolute. That’s the whole point of this guy. Thanks for asking. And I’ve been saying for a while that a new era is about to begin in the DC Universe. And what I meant by that was introducing a brand new character. It is not a sequel, not an existing IP address. It was… you know, Black Adam! Two years ago, the world had no idea who he was. We did, but not, you know, the rest of the masses out there. Introducing the JSA, introducing that new era of the DC universe. But also what I really meant by, “This is a new era in the DC Universe,” is listening to the fans. Listen to the fans. And we do our best to give the fans what they want. And maybe, down the road – and I’ve been through this in pro wrestling – you can’t always give them what you want. But you always know we’re listening. And in this case, what you and I are talking about, I’ve been listening and I’ve wanted to appeal to fans for years. Because I’ve been waiting for someone to come up and speak to the fans and say, ‘Hey, we hear you.’ So finally, after many months turned into many years, we ended up with what we came up with. And the whole purpose and purpose now is to this new age, new age. Now let’s build further.
The Rock’s Black Adam/Superman Fight Promise Is Great For DC
Though Johnson has continued to express his own interest in Black Adam fighting Superman for years, his latest quote comes with more confidence than usual that the two will meet. This is a great sign for the DCEU in general, especially when it comes to the individual futures of Black Adam and Superman. Johnson’s promise that there will be a fight with Superman shows that there is a plan for Black Adam’s future. How the Warner Bros. Discovery and the changing of the guard at DC Films will affect these plans is unknown, but it seems clear that Johnson knows where Black Adam’s DC story is headed.
The plan for a Black Adam and Superman fight will also likely be a huge win for Cavill’s Superman return and the massive following his Man of Steel has. Warner Bros. hasn’t used it since 2017 Justice League, putting one of DC’s biggest characters on the sidelines for nearly five years over contract disputes. The DCEU has only made its absence worse with the faceless Superman cameos in Shazam! and peacekeeper. Unless there’s a reshuffle in the offing as part of the new DCEU plan, Johnson’s Black Adam teasing could finally mean that Cavill’s Superman has a future again.
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