‘Shazam’ Will Get Split Into Two Films With ‘Black Adam’ Solo Film

New-Shazam-2012-New-52It has been revealed that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Shazam film is being split into two films, as one will be a Black Adam solo film which he will star in.

The Hollywood Reporter added that Johnson’s Black Adam is not expected to appear in the first Shazam installment. However, the door is open for him to show up in sequels. In addition, there is a possibility for Black Adam to appear in the upcoming Aquaman movie, but nothing is officially set in stone yet.

This news follows the recent development from Johnson who has been teasing on social media, from having meetings at Warner Bros. and DC.

“Had a very cool and strategic meeting with the heads of DC Comics about their entire universe. As a hard core DC fan, to get a real sense of the tonal shifts and developments coming in these future movies has me fired up. Something we, as DC fans have all been waiting for. Hope, optimism & FUN. I’m excited about our future together and you should be to. Even when talking about the the most ruthless villain/anti-hero of all time finally coming to life. Prepare yourselves DC Universe.”

Henry Gayden (Earth to Echo) is reportedly writing the script for the Shazam film, while a director has yet to be announced, as well as casting for the titular hero.

More info to come…

Source: Deadline & The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.

  • flavortang

    I’m guessing a Black Adam solo prequel film setting up his character and then Shazam will introduce Billy Batson and have BA as the villain.

    • In Brightest Day

      I’m guessing you’re wrong since they’ve just said he won’t be in the Shazam film

      • Max Vianna

        Yeah, and the Shazam film is first so.

      • flavortang

        Not the first Shazam movie. I’m thinking the BA movie sets up his character and the Shazam movie will probably have Sivana as the villain. Or the Seven Deadly Sins.

        • In Brightest Day

          It seems absurdly optimistic to assume three Shazam movies when the first one has seen no tangible development in years.

          • flavortang

            If Johnson is attached to Shazam, it’ll get a few movies.

          • In Brightest Day

            Still waiting for even one. And the regular Shazam film just lost its best and only asset. I just don’t get what they’re doing over there.

          • SAMURAI36

            That’s because you’re not in the kitchen, cooking the food. Therefore, you’re not meant to know, until the meal is served.

          • In Brightest Day

            Getting a little tired of eating their sh*t.

          • SAMURAI36

            Sux for you. I’m enjoying the ride so far. Pretty sure there are other franchises for you to enjoy, in lieu of this one.

          • SAMURAI36

            Umm, they just announced a writer. By that “logic”, there’ll be no Cyborg movie either, right?

          • In Brightest Day

            That is correct. There will be no Cyborg solo film.

          • SAMURAI36

            You’re just talking nonsense at this point. You have no proof whatsoever for anything that you’re saying. You’re just trolling at this point.

          • In Brightest Day

            I mean…obviously. I’m not trolling, it is my actual honest opinion that Cyborg isn’t happening. I am deeply skeptical that three Shazam movies (or 2 Shazam, 1 Black Adam) will be made. I didn’t think Sinister Six would ever happen and I certainly don’t expect Gambit to ever come out either, so it’s not just DC. A good portion of these announced films in development just don’t happen. I thought Suicide Squad was the worst comic book movie since Wolverine Origins and I’m quite certain that’s getting a sequel. All we’re doing is throwing out our opinions here. Do you really need that explained to you?

          • SAMURAI36

            Speculating is fine, but you don’t get to just say “it’s my opinion”, when you are called to task on the stuff you say.

            That’s how rumors get started.

            Besides, you’re now moving the goal posts. You initially said:

            That is correct. There will be no Cyborg solo film.

            You initially spoke definitively, in a factual manner, & now you’re saying “it’s my opinion”. You could’ve easily said, “I don’t think/feel/believe Cyborg will happen either”, but you didn’t.

            And SS sequel is a p!$$ poor example. Of course it’s getting a sequel. The first one made $750M, & the sequel has already been announced.
            It’s not like when it was rumored that Inhumans would never be made into a film, & Marvel fans held onto the belief that it would, despite the BTS stuff indicating that it wouldn’t. And the final result was Marvel TV trying to give the “best” of both worlds of a TV show airing in the theaters.

            You gave nothing whatsoever that leads you to think Cyborg isn’t happening. The film is 4-5 years away, like many other DC projects are.

          • In Brightest Day

            “That’s how rumors get started”

            Oh, please. Anyone who takes what I, a random a**hole in a comments section, says seriously then it’s their fault for being so g*ddamn stupid. I can’t help that. If Cyborg happens then it happens. Lovely. I’ll be happy to spend money on it that I may as well light on fire.

          • SAMURAI36

            You’re completely off the chain. They have meds for whatever crisis you’re going thru.

          • Napi

            Cyborg will become TITANS or Teen Titans

          • SAMURAI36

            Possibly, but the word is also that the Cyborg film will serve as the gateway for those other films, the same way SS is opening up for GCS.

          • Marquis de Sade

            Of course we got a cyborg movie…It came in the form of a shoe-horned 65 second email w/attachments along with flash and waterman.

      • SAMURAI36

        The article specifically said he won’t be in the FIRST film.
        I’m guessing you should back up from the keyboard for a little while. Every post you’ve made this far, has been completely off the rails.

    • JNAZ

      I have a feeling that this is more likely, or maybe have him show up as a villain in MOS2. I just find it hard to believe that after making DJ wait 3 years that they’ll make him wait another 3-4 years to show up in a Shazam sequel. Especially after the excitement that instagram post generated last week.

      • flavortang

        If the news is correct that BA won’t be the villain in Shazam, I’m thinking either Sivana or the Seven Deadly Sins will be.

      • SAMURAI36

        Especially when Rock himself mentioned a couple of years ago, that we would see Black Adam sooner than later. All this just sounds like confirmation of what was originally planned?

    • SAMURAI36

      Precisely. I’m not sure how or why people are misreading this.

  • Carl

    The DCEU is a master of the cart before horse philosophy.

  • Joseph Chaisson

    Instead of just randomly announcing films, just start making them. How many films has WB announced that was suppose to be in the DCEU but now are not?

    • Max Vianna

      Not one.

    • SAMURAI36

      Uhmm, none?

      • Joseph Chaisson

        Justice league 2 (remember it was announced as part 1 and part 2) Cyborg, Flash is on the hot seat of not being made. You have all the spin offs from suicide squad. Shazam which is moving extremely slowly. All you have is Justice League, Wonder Women, and Aquaman. All those others are in production or being talked about.

        • SAMURAI36

          LMAO, if you think Flash and JL2 are not gonna be made, you really have to be the most gullible person on the internet.

          Clearly the Shazam franchise is not moving slowly anymore, given this recent news.

          Why on earth would JL2 be a discussion right now, when JL1 hasn’t even finished production? And Flash, really? Currently one of DC’s most successful franchises, you think won’t get movie? Yeah, okay.

          • Joseph Chaisson

            When they first announced the movies line up there was JL part 1 JL part 2 part was shelved. Shazam really is moving forward? Where is the proof? That they’re discussing a multi movie arc? They’ve done this before.
            Flash has really gone no where. Like most of these films. Again in the pipeline concrete movies in production are WW, JL, & Aquaman. The rest have yet to start. I forgot Man of steel 2 where is that?thats right nowhere on list with other films not being made.

          • SAMURAI36

            When they first announced the movies line up there was JL part 1 JL part 2 part was shelved.

            Wow man, you are severely and willfully misinformed.

            DC Films producers Charles Roven and Deb Snyder went on record more than once over the past year, saying that JL2 is still happening, just that it’s not going to be a 2-part story with JL1. I’m not gonna bother posting the links for this, because 1) it was posted
            on this very site in the past, and 2) you need to do your homework on this subject, and stop believing in unfounded rumors.

            Shazam really is moving forward? Where is the proof? That they’re discussing a multi movie arc? They’ve done this before.

            And…? Never mind the fact that they just got a writer. Cuz that means absolutely nothing, right?

            Not a single thing that they’ve discussed since the start of the DCEU has been cancelled or shelved. You have no proof that nothing is in the works. They haven’t reneged on a single thing they’ve promised.

            And just because YOU don’t see the fruit of the labor at this very moment, doesn’t mean nothing is happening behind the scenes. WB has never been one to make their BTS known to the public. Perhaps that’s what bothers you and others.

            However, as someone like myself, who has followed WB practically all his life, this is nothing new to me.

            Flash has really gone no where. Like most of these films.

            Hmm, let’s see…. Flash has a writer, and a couple of cast choices. That hardly constitutes “going nowhere”. The only thing they lost is a director, and they are searching for options to that now.

            Again in the pipeline concrete movies in production are WW, JL, & Aquaman. The rest have yet to start. I forgot Man of steel 2 where is that?thats right nowhere on list with other films not being made.

            Sooo, is your issue that the films are not being made…. At this very moment? How many films do you expect to be made at one time? You just named 3 films that are in the works. Batman is supposed to start this spring, so that’s a forth.

            Are you expecting every single film they’ve announced to be in production simultaneously??? That’s retarded. For all their success, not even Marvel does that. The most films they have going at the same time, is two. Is Avengers: IW2 in production right now? Or how’s about Ant-Man and Wasp? Are they filming that right now?

            It all boils down to using your common sense. Movies aren’t made overnight, and no solid news doesn’t automatically equate to nothing happening.

            But to answer your Q:

            GCS = David Ayer directing, Geneva Robertson-Dworet writing, casting in the works.

            Shazam = two films announced, Henry Gayden writing.

            GL Corps = Goyer and Rhodes writing, casting in the works.

            JLD = Doug Liman directing, GDT producing, Michael Gilio writing.

            And mind you, most of these films probably won’t come out before 2021, which is a whole 5 years away. So, it sounds like you are putting DC in a “d&mned if they do, d&mned if they don’t” scenario.

            If they take their time and develop these films, then people like you will feel like they are doing nothing. However, if they put things into motion right away, then people like you will feel like they are rushing things.

            Also, it’s completely asinine to ask about JL2, or MOS2, when JL1 hasn’t even been completed yet. I guess you’re also mad because SS2 hasn’t gone into development yet as well, right?

  • Max Vianna

    I don’t know how to feel about this, they could’ve just made what MoS did and have the first 30 minutes of the movie be set in ancient Egypt with Black Adam being the protagonist, then flash forwards to Billy getting the powers from Shazam.

    • Axxell

      It’s the Rock…he probably twisted their arm into giving him a solo movie after all this time waiting to enact his role.

  • JNAZ

    So a Shazam film will come way befpre we see Black Adam, but we already have Johnson as Black Adam and no one as Shazam? Whoever they’re getting to play Shazam better be a big hollywood name if they’re giving him a movie way before DJ.

  • Colonious McGraham

    This makes no sense whatsoever. From a continuity standpoint, where does Black Adam fit without Shazam? Maybe as a Superman or JLA antagonist. But I’m convinced MoS2 will have Brainiac as the villain. So is he going to appear in JL 2? Why even build up the Darkseid War story arc, then?

    I have a hard time believing this isn’t DC doing actor-service for DJ sticking around after all the negative pub surrounding their universe.

    This isn’t a good sign, though. Firmly shows there is no plan set in place for their so-called universe. Let’s just throw a bunch of movies out there and cash out as much as we can before we miss our window.

    • Fenix

      Exactly

    • SAMURAI36

      Pretty sure you don’t know what you’re talking about. Also, it doesn’t seem like you know DC history either. Black Adam is 1000’s of years older than Shazam, so they don’t need Billy to tell Adam’s story.

    • Brownstones19

      they could set black adam back in ancient Egypt, you know like his origin story.

      • SAMURAI36

        Precisely.

      • Victor Thomas

        Yeah! And Alex Proyas should direct

        • Brownstones19

          why I oughta 😛

    • SAMURAI36

      Not sure how you’re conflating all these disparate ideas together. A Black Adam movie no more disrupts the DSW storyline, than BA’s presence in the Shazam movie proper would.

      Remember, the Knightmare scene in BVS takes place in Khandaq, which is BA’s home. Also, Shazam takes part in the comics version of DSW.

      Further, it’s weird that you think that the DCEU (or any CU, for that matter), has to be a linear story. How does the Batman solo service the DSW story? Or the Harley film?

  • Fenix

    These morons keep taking the rubber band off feral Zoidberg and expecting a different outcome.

  • 12stepCornelius

    I’m hyped! Not sure which order they’re going with first, but it could be one focusing on Shazam and the other focusing on Black Adam or one story told in two parts. With the amount of history present for Black Adam and the introduction the wizard Shazam, this story definitely deserves two films to tell. Its gonna be epic I’m thinking.

  • Brownstones19

    I still feel that they should have let New Line Cinema have both Black Adam and Shazam, let them exist in a bubble universe.

    • SAMURAI36

      New Line does still have them. But they were scheduled to be in the DCEU from the very start. Which is as it should be. The Wizard is an integral aspect of DC history. Je was a member of the Quintessence.

  • SAMURAI36

    This is massive news. Shazam & Black Adam are my all time fave characters. I’m completely stoked about the movement of this franchise.
    Plus, a “trilogy” of sorts, sets this franchise up to include several “sagas” of Shazam history.

  • Kelly

    Makes sense, as Adam was the first champion of Shazam in ancient days.

    • SAMURAI36

      Precisely.

  • Chris W

    Let me know when shooting starts.

  • Axxell

    Seems to me like a waste of energy to make a standalone BA movie…are there really no more DC characters left with a richer history they can create a franchise around?