Previously it had been teased that Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam skipped the first “Shazam” film to get his own standalone feature and then he and Zachary Levi’s Shazam would come together in another film.
However, during a recent appearance at Germany’s CCXP Cologne convention, Levi indicates a “Shazam” sequel on its own is going to happen first before any such team-up might take place. Levi tells ComicBookMove.com:
“I can say that as far as I know, Black Adam is not going to be in the second Shazam!, because the idea is that they want to go and do a standalone Black Adam movie first, and then it would kind of be, if we do a third Shazam! and a second Black Adam, kind of [parallel] like that, that’s where we would [meet].
He’s like the ultimate bad guy for Captain Marvel, Shazam. Like [Shazam and] Black Adam, they’re doppelgangers right, the evil twin to who I am. So that’s got to be like the final battle, If we do that in the second movie, then where do we go after that? It would just be a movie of us sitting around playing video games for the third one, that would be very boring. Or not [laughs]. I’m a very interesting video game player. So yeah, I think that’s the idea. We’ll definitely [cross over] — the plan is to get there, but just to pace it out however it needs to pace out.”
Johnson has been attached to play Black Adam for years but there has been feet dragging in terms of getting him to the screen. Producer Hiram Garcia, who collaborates on all of Rock’s projects and is slated to do so on the “Black Adam” film, told CinemaBlend this weekend that the film is still a go:
“Jaume [Collet-Serra] is a real talent. He is one of my favorite directors I’ve ever worked with. Not only is he talented, he’s an unbelievable collaborator. He’s an amazing visionary. And what we have in store with Black Adam and for the fans, I am so excited inside. Inside, I take pride as being a fan boy. I started as a fan boy before I became a producer, so I hold onto that DNA. His vision for what we want to do with Black Adam is fantastic. So, that deal’s almost closed. He’s ready to go, and I think the fans are going to be really happy.”
The talk also comes as a deleted scene from “Shazam” has dropped ahead of the film’s Blu-ray release and offers the closest thing to a Black Adam tease you could expect. The scene in question seems to be a post-credits stinger that wasn’t included in the film itself so there are spoilers ahead. “Shazam” arrives on disc tomorrow.