Dwayne Johnson has announced that he will not return to his role as Black Adam in the upcoming DCU films. But he says that they are working with James Gunn to “keep looking into the best ways to use Black Adam in future DC multiverse chapters.”
Black Adam will not be included in the DCU’s “first chapter of the storyline,” according to Johnson. DC and Seven Bucks will, however, “continue to explore how the character ‘may be used in future DC universe chapters.”
In a statement via Twitter, Dwayne Johnson said:
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 words.
These decisions made by James and DC leadership represent their vision of DCU through their creative lens. After 15 years of relentless hard work to finally make Black Adam, 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. We did great. To my very passionate and vocal Black Adam/Super Hero genre fans – I love you, THANK YOU, and I will ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOU and do my best to deliver and entertain you. What a helluva month – now we all need some Teremana! Have a productive week and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and your families!Via- Dwayne Johnson
Replying to Johnson’s statement, James Gunn responded, “Love the Rock, and I’m always excited to see what he and Seven Bucks do next. Can’t wait to collaborate soon.”
The statement is the latest in a burst of headlines after Gunn’s hiring to head DC Studios with producer Peter Safran, who are redesigning Warner Bros.’ DC-based films, TV series, and games. Starting with Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman and Henry Cavill‘s Superman, two stars who have played the roles in multiple films, Gunn and Safran have untangled the DC Universe from the characters built over the previous decade.
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