Without any firm scheduling or timeline in place, and a lead star who is gallivanting overseas promoting a number of sequels and reboots, is it any wonder that the mooted Black Adam and Shazam movies have suffered from the same problems the rest of the DCEU has been experiencing? Barely hours after a Reddit source argued that these characters would not be given standalone films, Dwayne Johnson outlined on the red carpet to MTV that the franchise is venturing into this territory after all.
On the press circuit for The Fate of the Furious, the 44-year old was confident that both projects will fit into Warner Brothers' ever expanding universe. Without any news on the casting of Shazam to announce or a date to start production for either title, The Rock calmed the fears for fans who want to see the former WWE star take his own journey in the DCEU.
The Building of Worlds With a Twist
Although much of the chatter around the 8th installment of The Fate of the Furious was deserving of its own attention, it would be his part as Black Adam that many were curious about. Quizzed if he would have his own motion picture to play with or just limited to a supporting role as the villain in Man of Steel 2, Johnson said it would be the former that he and DC Chief Geoff Johns have settled on.
"We've had great discussions with Geoff Johns over there at DC," he recalled. "This is a really, really fun, cool time for DC right now because they're really in a process of truly world building, and building out. We're seeing that with Wonder Woman and Aquaman, and we have a few surprises down the line. So what we decided to do was actually create a scenario where Black Adam is having his standalone movie, Captain Marvel/Shazam will have his standalone movie, and then we're building our world up that way and then we can come together at some other point."
Is there anything tangible or specific he can say on the record?
"We have a surprise for Black Adam coming up," he teased. "I can't tell you what it is, but it is gonna be... it's gonna be f***ing awesome!"
Marvel or DC? Channing Tatum Caught Between The Rock and a Hard Place
Channing Tatum's on again, off again passion project with Marvel for Gambit has stalled never found its way out of first gear, leaving the Hollywood heartthrob in limbo over his inclusion in the MCU franchise. In 2016 it emerged that a Shazam/Captain Marvel movie on the DC side of the superhero fence would be given the go-ahead and the studio identified the Foxcatcher star as a potential lead.
Perhaps Johnson's G.I. Joe: Retaliation co-star could be that "f***ing awesome" surprise he was intimating, snagging the man that Marvel had been looking at but could never secure. The only positive out of this entire situation is that Tatum would have learned the art of patience when it comes to a superhero role, as any part in a Shazam movie would likely not be getting off the ground until 2019 at the earliest.