After 10 years of discussions about the possibility of a Black Adam movie starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, the actor recently confirmed the film is now a reality. In a recent interview about what Black Adam might include, Johnson opened up about the chances of a Shazam crossover and a surprise inclusion that fans will be excited to see. In the interview with Screen Rant, Johnson spoke out about the notion of a Shazam vs Black Adam scenario, telling the site:
"Without giving too much away, it's not in the plans right now," he adds, "I think the approach that we're talking I feel really good about, and all of the filmmakers do too as well. It's an origin story and that's where we start it and we root it, and then we build out from there. Now, not to say Shazam isn't on my radar. Of course Shazam is, but so is all of DC."
Conversation later shifted to another team that could crossover with Black Adam, the JSA (Justice Society of America), and Johnson slyly confirmed that the team will be featured in some capacity. When the interviewer mentions the JSA and their appreciation for the team, Johnson stated:
"We will introduce you to that, the world to JSA."
This is an interesting notion given the fact that DC was said to be straying from team films after Justice League, but this newly re-branded DC universe has found success in Aquaman, Shazam and has built anticipation for the upcoming Wonder Woman sequel or Matt Reeve's Batman film. With Henry Cavill also recently implying that his days as Superman might not be done just yet, this does make us wonder what the next wave of DC films will look like.
Justice League may not have been a fan-favorite film, but the idea of creating a team with JSA gives us hope that there's still plenty of opportunities for Warner Bros. and DC to return to a more openly shared universe one day. Regardless, this Black Adam film could be a major event for DC, with the character playing a heavy role in the comics like World War III with a significant death toll along the way.
Black Adam is aiming for a release date of Dec. 22, 2021, so make sure to watch for more announcements as the film prepares to begin production in the coming months.