BLACK ADAM Star Dwayne Johnson Responds To Negative Reviews And Henry Cavill's Superman Exit

BLACK ADAM Star Dwayne Johnson Responds To Negative Reviews And Henry Cavill's Superman Exit BLACK ADAM Star Dwayne Johnson Responds To Negative Reviews And Henry Cavill's Superman Exit

Dwayne Johnson was asked about the critical response to Black Adam while being interviews on the Oscars red carpet, and gave a very gracious and well-thought-out response...

By MarkCassidy - Mar 13, 2023 12:03 PM EST
Filed Under: Black Adam

After a lot of build-up and hype about changing the "hierarchy of power in the DC Universe," Black Adam arrived in theaters to (mostly) negative reviews and underwhelming box office numbers.

Shortly after, James Gunn and Peter Safran took over as DC Studios co-heads, and we'd soon find out that Dwayne Johnson's take on the Man in Black wasn't going to be part of their plans for the new DCU.

Johnson has previously weighed-in on the movie's disappointing BO performance, but while being interviewed by Variety on the Academy Awards red carpet, the actor responded to the critical reaction and the fact that he brought Henry Cavill back as Superman only for Gunn and Safran to announce that a new actor would be taking over as the Man of Steel.

“Our audience score was in the 90s," Johnson said of the reviews. "Critics took a couple of shots. That’s just the business of it, though.”

As for Cavill, Johnson compared the situation to a football team that gets a new manager who decides to replace the coach and the quarterback.

The chances of a direct sequel to Black Adam are practically non-existent, but Johnson could get the opportunity to suit-up as the titular anti-hero again down the line if the Shazam! franchise does continue after this month's Fury of the Gods.

Would you be interested in seeing Johnson back in the role, or do you think the DCU should just make a completely fresh start? Drop us a comment down below.

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ModHaterSLADE - 3/13/2023, 12:39 PM
Just a "couple of shots?"

Doomsday8888 - 3/13/2023, 12:40 PM
Not my coach, not my quarterback eeeexcept that Pattinson player and that Suicide Squad over there.

F*ck this.
dracula - 3/13/2023, 1:08 PM
@Doomsday8888 - peacemaker and the batman were successful

Black Adam bombed and the rock is not a team player, no reason to let that candy ass get in gunn’s way
Ryguy88 - 3/13/2023, 1:29 PM
@dracula - the Suicide Squad was pretty good but bombed hard
dracula - 3/13/2023, 1:31 PM
@Ryguy88 - yeah but that was released when people were rarely going yo theaters and had an hbomax release

At this point its still not what it was before the pandemic but its recovered enough where a big budget movie should profit
AnthonyVonGeek - 3/13/2023, 12:45 PM
What ruined this movie for me was that damn kid and his mom. At least the uncle was funny… 🎶BABY COME BACK🎶
soberchimera - 3/13/2023, 12:45 PM
Classy and measured response despite a subtle, underhanded dig at Gunn and Safran.
TheHumanSpider2 - 3/13/2023, 12:45 PM
“Our audience score was in the 90s,"
Your movie BOMBED at the BO, Dwayne.

Anyway, as someone pointed out, dude aged like 10 years since the release of Black Adam, what happened? did he legit though he was going to run DC?
toylled - 3/13/2023, 2:14 PM
@TheHumanSpider2 - can't afford the steroids n stuff now it didn't make any ££
Waifuslayer - 3/13/2023, 12:46 PM
There wasn't anything particularly wrong with Black Adam. It's just at this point superhero fatigue is real and it looked like more of the same.

DC would be wise to rest the brand for a few years and come back strong with a really great superman film. But we all know Gunn will rush things (he's honestly probably being pressured to do so) and it'll underperform again.
PartyKiller - 3/13/2023, 1:07 PM
@Waifuslayer - It took no real chances. Paint by numbers. Too much emphasis on getting Adam over. I think a better and more risky but rewarding direction would've been making Black Adam an arrogant anti hero who acted something like Yul Brenner's Ramses II with a mix of 1977 Han Solo.

19Batman84 - 3/13/2023, 1:09 PM
@Waifuslayer - i don't know if they'll rush i mean its not supposed to come out until 2025 at least. I think they actually want to get it right this time and i hope they do.
FireandBlood - 3/13/2023, 1:16 PM
@Waifuslayer - DC needs to start making good movies. Joker and The Batman did great, because there were good. Black Adam flopped because it wasn’t. It’s that simple.
SATW42 - 3/13/2023, 1:41 PM
@PlusUltra - I know this it the Nit pickiest of nit picking, but OP said superhero fatigue, and Joker is pretty much the furthest thing from a super hero movie. It's a gritty period piece drama about mental health issues and capitalism.

Its also Batman adjacent, which brings me to The Batman. for some reason, Batman always prevails. It doesn't matter what time period we're in.

Batman mania in the 60s, Burton in the 80s/90s along with Batman the animated series. People thought Batman might've been dead because of the abysmal Batman and Robin (I still like it but for all the wrong reasons lol) he came back with Nolan's trilogy. Than you know, that Snyder guy came along, and then they make The Batman, another successful project.

Batman is immune to trends. I think super hero fatigue is real, but Batman transcends it. Every time.
FireandBlood - 3/13/2023, 2:09 PM
@SATW42 - Batman doesn’t always prevail, though. He’s not critic proof. He does require a good movie, otherwise you either start seeing diminishing returns (Batman v Superman, The Batman) or outright flops (Batman & Robin, Justice League). Just to clarify, The Batman was a success, but the box office suffered from the brand damage done by the DCEU. imagine how big The Batman would’ve been if it came after Nolan’s trilogy, and not all that Snyder trash?
Th3Batman - 3/13/2023, 3:55 PM
@Waifuslayer - Both DC and Marvel would be smart to take a break for a few years, because apart from very unique projcts like Joker and The Batman, everything basically looks the same to the general audience now, and they're getting tired of it. Both Black Adam and Ant-man 3 have very good audience ratings on rotten tomatoes, but it's clearly not enough to get those people to go back a 2nd time or even encourage others to go once.
Waifuslayer - 3/13/2023, 4:49 PM
@Th3Batman - I agree and I'd be happy if Marvel especially took a long loooooong hiatus.
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