Black Adam Will Not Be Part of the DCU’s 'First Chapter'

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With the underwhelming performance of Black Adam at the box office and the changes that are coming to the DC franchise under James Gunn and Peter Safran, there have been questions about whether Dwayne Johnson will remain as the titular hero in the DCU, especially in the midst of the recent announcement that Henry Cavill is no longer playing Superman.

Yesterday, Johnson took to Twitter to announce his fate as Black Adam in the DCU. He revealed that his character will not be part of the franchise's "first chapter" which essentially means that he won't be returning to the role anytime soon and any plans for a potential sequel have been shelved.

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However, he hinted that there is a likelihood that he will be returning to the role through "future DC multiverse chapters."

"My passionate friends, I wanted to give you a long-awaited Black Adam update regarding the character's future in the new DC Universe," he wrote.

"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."

Johnson also iterated in his statement that the decision was made by Gunn and DC due to "their vision of DCU through their creative lens" and he went on to thank his fans for their support of the film for 15 years since its inception.

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After the actor posted his statement, Gunn responded by showing his support for Johnson and his production company as well as hinting at a potential collaboration between them in the future.

"Love @TheRock & I'm always excited to see what he & Seven Bucks do next. Can't wait to collaborate soon," the DC Studios co-chairman wrote.

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Considering the results that we've seen regarding the film's box office and the obvious changes that are happening in the DCU, it's not surprising to hear that Johnson won't be returning as Black Adam anytime soon and it is yet again a sign of what's about to come regarding the incoming changes in the DCU.

However, as they also stated, there is a possibility that Johnson can still return to the role in some capacity as they didn't shut down any chances of him coming back. For now, Johnson's time in the DCU is over, and let's just wait and see which more changes are coming in the franchise.

Also Read: James Gunn Debunks Major DCU Recast Rumor

Black Adam is available to stream on HBO Max.