With all the weirdness surrounding the DC Extended Universe films, perhaps the weirdest is what the studio is doing with the Shazam! characters. And the latest news is making it that much weirder: Dwayne Johnson’s character, Black Adam, might see his big-screen debut in Suicide Squad 2.
If you’re a fan of Superman and Batman but you’re wondering who the heck Black Adam is, it’s okay. The short version is that he is to DC’s Captain Marvel, better known as Shazam, what Joker is to Batman. Or, maybe more appropriately, what Reverse Flash is to the Flash.
Despite having virtually no cultural presence when compared to just about every other DC character’s arch-nemesis, he’s getting his own movie, because Dwayne Johnson gets to do pretty much whatever he wants (not that we’re complaining).
But how do you introduce a character like that? Being that he’s Cap’n Marvel’s big baddie, pitting him against the hero seems like a smart start, right? Nope – he’s not appearing in Shazam! at all.
Industry insiders “told The Wrap that the current plan for the [Suicide Squad] sequel is for members of the Suicide Squad to be tasked with tracking down a weapon of mass destruction. That weapon… Black Adam himself.”
So not only will he Sir Not Appearing in This Picture for Shazam!, he’ll be at the very center of Suicide Squad 2 if The Wrap‘s sources are good.
It’s definitely not the way I would’ve expected, but it’s admittedly kind of a cool idea, even if it means the Rock is once again taking the spotlight away from a group of lovable rogues, the same way he did in the Fast franchise.
Suicide Squad 2 is set to being production in late 2018, so this movie is pretty far out. The insiders said that Black Adam’s actual role in the film would be pretty small.