After the excitement of the Black Adam presentation at DC FanDome, there are still some questions to be answered and we’re finally getting them.
Dwayne Johnson’s longtime producing partner Hiram Garcia recently spoke with Collider, and provided some updates on the status of Black Afam. Needless to say, some delays have happened.
After a decade of delays, it appeared that Black Adam would finally film this year, but then the coronavirus pandemic came along. Garcia assured everyone that the film is still moving ahead, just slightly delayed. “COVID threw a curveball in a big way and readjusted everyone’s schedule, but I think the easiest way to look at it is it simply pushed the entire industry’s schedule a few months… We’re planning to pick back up with Black Adam some time first quarter next year and hoping to lock that all down soon.”
While it’s unfortunate filming has been delayed, it’s made a little easier to live with knowing what we have to look forward to. “We are so excited to introduce the Justice Society, especially Hawkman who’s such a beloved character and one of those heroes who’s always meant so much to the DC universe,” said Garcia. “Having them play in the same sandbox as Black Adam is going to be fantastic, and for the already established fans of these characters I think they are going to be really excited to see what elements from classic story lines we take inspiration from as we bring these characters together. When you take a powerhouse like Black Adam and inject him into this DC cinematic universe you want to make sure you are putting characters around him that can really up the stakes. As DJ likes to say the hierarchy of power in the DC universe really is going to change so Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Atom Smasher and Cyclone will have their hands full no matter how we choose to have them interact with Black Adam.”
Dwayne Johnson has said frequently that Black Adam will “upend the power structure in the DC Universe,” but it sounds like this may not be the same Universe we’ve been thinking of. “There’s been multiple ongoing conversations on how everything will roll out and it’s very exciting for myself as a filmmaker but even more so as a fan,” Garcia said. “Unfortunately, I can’t speak to that too much because it is still in the works, but I can say that on our end we’re very focused on building out this world we’re creating with Black Adam and the JSA. Obviously Shazam exists in that universe along with many many other heroes and believe me when I say we have very big ambitions for all these characters and the story lines we want to take them through.”
What does the future hold for DC fans? It appears we have a lot to learn still.
Black Adam is still on the release schedule for Dec. 22, 2021, but that will undoubtedly be shifting into 2022 at some point.