Shazam! Director And Producer Confirm Black Adam’s Absence From The Movie
DC might be preparing a super cameo for Shazam! later this year, but it looks like Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) debut into the DC Extended Universe won’t have any room for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or his Black Adam.
ComicBook.com paid Warner Brothers’ lot in Burbank, California a visit to check out the set of Shazam! and there the publication spoke with the film’s director David F. Sandberg, and the producer, Peter Safran. As exciting and as natural as the idea of having Black Adam appear in Shazam! might sound, Safran denied the rumors admitting that reports about Johnson playing a part in Zachary Levi’s first standalone film is nothing but a “complete myth.”
"I think they sort of played with the idea of having the first movie be both Shazam and Black Adam but it needs more set up than you want to spend in the first movie with Shazam," Sandberg explained while the publication was on set of Shazam, "Shazam's origin story is big enough to merit its own film," Safran added. "I think that's what everybody discovered early on. When you see the movie, you'll see that that's what it deserved and what it got."
Meanwhile, Safran admits that Johson might have actually been available to shoot a tag that would have served as a tease for another Shazam movie, however, the producer also says that it was never attempted.
This might seem like a big disappointment to DC fans. As exciting as the thought of a Black Adam standalone movie sounds, the character has always served as an enemy to Shazam and many were hoping to see the two go head-to-head in DC’s upcoming Shazam!
Unfortunately, it seems like Sandberg and his team gave up on featuring Black Adam once Warner Brothers decided to keep the character out of the movie.
Shazam! premieres April 5, 2019.
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