Now that director Gavin O'Connor is on board to helm 2019's Suicide Squad 2 blockbuster, the next phase of the Warner Brothers project involves the securing of the casting talent that will show up on set. According to TheWrap, that talent will include non other than Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson who has long been lined up and slated to appear in the DCEU as Black Adam.
His own standalone title has been put on the back burner of late, leaving Zachary Levi to showcase his wears as Shazam! in 2019. Should this report be on the money, the Baywatch and Fast 8 star will be suiting up as the comic book villain to play a major role in the follow up to the critically disappointing 2016 spinoff.
SS Back On The Hunt For Evil Again, With Black Adam The Target
The original concept was to see Johnson square up against Shazam! in that DC movie as the key antagonist, until a change of heart was made. Seen as his own box office presence, Warner Brothers shelved that idea to bring The Rock into the fold as a standalone entity.
Now that has been flipped, potentially coming into an ensemble piece with Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto. This is what TheWrap explained on their domain, intimating that a number of sources confirmed Johnson's introduction via Suicide Squad 2.
"Suicide Squad 2 may serve as Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson’s introduction to the DC Universe as the super-villain Black Adam, two insiders familiar with the idea told TheWrap. The insiders told TheWrap that the current plan for the sequel is for the members of Suicide Squad to be tasked with tracking down a weapon of mass destruction. That weapon? Black Adam himself. The villain is best known in DC Comics as the main nemesis of superhero Shazam."
Rock Propelled Into More Movie Madness
Such is the veracity in which Johnson works, Hollywood studio's have to alter their entire landscape to fit in with the action star. Suicide Squad 2 was hoped to get started by early 2018, but with a raft of films in the pipeline amid other interests away from the camera, the picture won't begin production until October 2018.
Excited to expand the DC Universe w/ writer Adam Sztykiel (co-wrote @rampagethemovie) and bring this complex & gritty anti-hero to the big screen. This character’s in my bones. Ruthless code. #Kneel #BlackAdam⚡️https://t.co/mGUKIQAcSP
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 8, 2017
Yet there is a clear desire to get this Black Adam portrayal on the money, given the length of time it has taken between his interest in the part and securing a standalone movie. Shortly after TheWrap's report emerged, Johnson took to social media to hype the credentials of his Rampage filmmaking colleague Adam Sztykiel, with the screenwriter in negotiations to develop the Black Adam screenplay.
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