In January, DC revealed that Shazam and Black Adam would be two separate films and that Black Adam wouldn’t be appearing as the villain in Shazam. Since then, we haven’t heard much about either film save for a few tidbits here and there. Most of the news thus far has been shared by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who will be playing Black Adam. Now, Johnson has shared a little bit more about the films.
At the world premiere of The Fate of the Furious, MTV seized the opportunity to ask about the upcoming movies and Johnson took a moment to speak about DC’s world-building efforts and what it means for the future.
“We’ve had great discussions with Geoff Johns over at DC. This is a really fun, cool time for DC right now because they’re world-building,” Johnson told MTV’s Josh Horowitz. “We’re seeing that with Wonder Woman and Aquaman. We have a few surprises down the line.”
With the focus on world-building – and perhaps some surprises in store – pulling Black Adam and Shazam apart into their own separate movies offers DC more screen time to devote to establishing their new(ish) universe.
“So what we decided to do was to create a scenario where Black Adam has his stand-alone movie, and Captain Marvel, Shazam, has his stand-alone movie,” he added. “We’re building our world that way, and then we can come together at some point.”
As for those surprises? Johnson couldn’t reveal any specifics but he did say that there’s a big surprise for Black Adam and that it’s “just fucking awesome.”
So what do you think this big Black Adam surprise could be? Do you think DC is going about world-building the right way, or does that still remain to be seen? Sound off below!
5 Ways To Make The ‘Shazam’ Movie Relatable & Engaging
The DC Extended Universe is set to expand to new heights in the next few years. Not only will we see the Justice League hit the big screen this year, but we also have exciting movies like Dark Universe and Shazam coming soon.
Shazam — a.k.a. Captain Marvel, though I doubt DC will ever call him that again — is a perfect character to bring to the big screen. The dark, gritty vibe of the DCEU works for characters like Batman or the Suicide Squad, but Shazam deserves something a bit more bright and lively.
The story of Billy Batson walking into a magical world and gaining both the powers of distinct mythical deities and the appearance of a strong adult, He-Man style, is perfect for the big screen. But, as with a lot of superheroes, the trick is making them relatable, and Shazam, with his magic and transformative powers, could be the trickiest of all.
Click the Next button and shout “Shazam” to find out the five ways I think Warner Bros. can make his movie relatable and engaging.