The team behind “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” have been out doing press for that film in recent days, including actor Dwayne Johnson and his regular producing partner Hiram Garcia.
One of the next projects they are set to work on is the DC Comics adaptation “Black Adam,” a film take on the main villain to Shazam and one of the most powerful beings in the DC Comics world. The project will come after the “Shazam” film opened back in April and proved to be a success both critically and commercially.
Johnson has “Jumanji: The Next Level” hitting in December, Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” coming next year, and recently signed for Netflix’s heist-thriller “Red Notice” which will shoot in January. Garcia now confirms to Collider that Johnson is expected to segue from that streamer project to “Black Adam” which has also landed a director in the form of “The Shallows” helmer Jaume Collet-Serra:
“The success of Shazam! was awesome for us and it was important for us to launch that, get that out into the world and begin crafting this universe. It’s a big thing for us to create this universe, this DC section of the universe, with characters we have planned to bring into it, headlined by Shazam and Black Adam. Jaume Collet-Serra, he just closed his deal, which we’re very excited about, and the plan is to begin filming that end of next year.”
The Black Adam character is something of an anti-hero – serving as both a good and bad guy in the comics at different points. Asked about the duality of the character’s nature, Johnson tells the outlet: “Black Adam, how he starts, he starts off as a villain. Then, he becomes an anti-hero. And then he might become a hero or he might not.” Garcia then went on to explain further:
“Well, you’re going to meet is you’re going to meet a character who’s going through a journey. And I think the idea is, look, we know the root of obviously Black Adam. He was created as a villain. And through the love of the fans and through some great writers and storytellers, he evolved into an antihero. The antihero is a character that we always loved and that we responded to.
But we understand that there’s been many aspects to Black Adam through him. But ultimately this is a guy who he does have a moral compass as skewed as it may be. And ultimately he is a guy that everything has always been driven by his family and what happens to them. And he is never opposed to unleashing hell when you cross him. So I think when you add in those elements of that DNA, those are things we’re very aware of.”
The screenplay is still being worked on for the project which, judging by the dates, won’t hit until late 2021 at the earliest, more likely 2022.