"Welcome Home": Dwayne Johnson Opens Up About Making [SPOILER]'s DCEU Return In BLACK ADAM A Reality

"Welcome Home": Dwayne Johnson Opens Up About Making [SPOILER]'s DCEU Return In BLACK ADAM A Reality

A major DC character has long been speculated to be part of Black Adam. Now, Dwayne Johnson has confirmed their return, welcoming the character back into the DCEU fold.

By DanielKlissmman - Oct 13, 2022 03:10 AM EST
Filed Under: Black Adam
Source: Entertainment Tonight

Note: The following article contains major SPOILERS for Black Adam

Black Adam is exploring a new side of the DCEU and bringing in various heroes from DC's extensive library. But, despite the film's impressive superhero roster, audiences had long clamored and speculated about the return of one specific crimefighter: Henry Cavill's Superman. The actor last played the role in 2021's Zack Snyder's Justice League, and did not portray the character for his cameos in Shazam! and Peacemaker

Instead, body doubles were used and Superman's face was obscured or left off the shot. The actor's absence from the role led to speculation about his retirement from the DCEU, especially after a 2018 report from The Hollywood Reporter stated Cavill was out as Superman. Now, however, things have changed, because Black Adam features Henry Cavill's long-awaited return as the Man of Steel.

Black Adam recently held its New York City premiere at the AMC Empire 25. During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Dwayne Johnson was asked how much he had to do with Superman's appearance in Black Adam, and if there was any information on a potential Man of Steel 2.

The actor said the following: 

"Here's what I can tell you—I can tell you that the whole goal and initiative of 'Black Adam' was to build out the DC Universe by introducing not only Black Adam, but the entire JSA. Five new superhero characters in one movie. And also, as I have been saying all along, there's an ethos that we at Seven Bucks Productions have. Myself, my co-founder Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia, and that is, 'We always put the fans first.' Audience comes first."

Johnson continued, openly welcoming Henry Cavill back into the DCEU: 

"We've established Black Adam as the most powerful and unstoppable force on our planet, but the fans have been so passionate about—as we have been—'Where is the most unstoppable force in the universe? Where is he?' Well, just like I fought hard for 'Black Adam' for 15 years, Dany [Garcia] has been fighting for six years, Hiram [Garcia] has been fighting for six years, 15 years, we've all been fighting for this moment. So, I will say this: Welcome home."

Johnson is clearly excited about Superman's return, and the actor has big plans for a shared future between Black Adam and the Man of Steel. 

A Black Adam/Superman Fight Is Potentially Coming


Black Adam may be best-known as Shazam's nemesis, but the antihero has also crossed paths with Superman in the comics multiple times. And, according to Dwayne Johnson, having the two characters meeting and fighting is a goal for the DCEU.

The actor was asked by Cinema Blend whether or not there were plans to have Adam and the Man of Steel together in a movie, to which he replied there were: 

"Absolutely. That is the whole point of this, man. [...] And I have been saying for some time, there's a new era in the DC Universe that's about to begin. And what I meant by that was introducing a brand-new character. It's not a sequel, not an existing IP. It was... you know, Black Adam! [...] But also, what I really meant by, 'This is a new era in the DC Universe,' is listening to the fans. [...] And doing our best to give the fans what they want. [...] And in this case, with what you and I are talking about, I have been listening, and I've been wanting to address fans for years. [...] So, finally, after many months turned into many years, we ended up with what we ended up at. And the whole goal and intention now is to this new era, new time. Now let's build out."

Henry Cavill's Superman return opens many exciting possibilities for the DCEU, especially given how he's being tied to Black Adam's story. Box office results for the antihero's film will understandably influence the trajectory of that pairing, but the duo seems to have a promising future on the big screen. 

Black Adam arrives in theaters on October 21, 2022. 

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Himura - 10/13/2022, 3:36 AM
Lmao that is by far the most spoiler-y spoiler warning I have ever read, especially after all the articles about the Rock pushing for Cavill to return.
MyCoolYoung - 10/13/2022, 3:42 AM
@Himura - is it, though? If you didn't know about Cavill coming back, many people could've fit the bill here, including Snyder, Ray Fisher, Jeremy irons, Will Smith, etc. You know about Henry's return, so you know who it was regardless of the spoiler tag
Himura - 10/13/2022, 4:16 AM
@MyCoolYoung - Bruh, it's so obvious even Stevie Wonder can see what the spoiler is about
Deadinside - 10/13/2022, 9:32 AM
@Himura -
@MyCoolYoung -

👍Finally, we're getting Kite-Man...HELL YEAH!
Reeds2Much - 10/13/2022, 10:31 AM
@Himura - It's so spoilery that there are two articles about it.
MyCoolYoung - 10/13/2022, 11:03 AM
@Himura - and what if you didn't know already? WWhat'the tip off?
MyCoolYoung - 10/13/2022, 11:03 AM
@Deadinside - the truth is... I am kite man
The1st - 10/13/2022, 3:33 PM
@Himura - Well, at least he's back...and on his way to becoming Alex Ross Supes lol.
The1st - 10/13/2022, 3:34 PM
@Deadinside - I wanted Leap Frog. Imagine that teamup, btw? 😂
Deadinside - 10/13/2022, 3:42 PM
@The1st - 😉 I can, actually...and, I like it!
MyCoolYoung - 10/13/2022, 3:37 AM
Why can't he just fight Shazam? Maybe he'll fight both. I'm curious to see this movie though

Off topic: people are going to hate the she hulk finale lmao when I wake up in 5 hours I know it'll be a shit show
ShaggyRogers - 10/13/2022, 3:42 AM
@MyCoolYoung - I just finished the finale…and wtf lolololol
TheRationalNerd - 10/13/2022, 3:47 AM
@MyCoolYoung - I see what they were doing but.....

what a HUGE let down.
bkmeijer1 - 10/13/2022, 3:50 AM
@MyCoolYoung - my guess is Black Adam will will beat Shazam in a solo fight, but loses to the combined force of Shazam and Superman.
MyCoolYoung - 10/13/2022, 3:54 AM
@ShaggyRogers - lol man I dont know that was a lot
MyCoolYoung - 10/13/2022, 3:55 AM
@TheRationalNerd - I'm not gon lie I don't know what to think honestly. They have balls ill tell you that
MyCoolYoung - 10/13/2022, 3:59 AM
@bkmeijer1 - I actually hope they let Shazam solo him since that's his archenemy, but I know that won't happen
DrReedRichards - 10/13/2022, 4:26 AM
@MyCoolYoung -

The entire 4th wall break sequence was pure chef's kiss! The little cap on KEVIN's lenses, the African drums when said the VFX are on a next project, just mwah!
SeanMPC - 10/13/2022, 3:39 AM
So what really seems like happened is that Johnson was noticing the lukewarm reaction from the hard-core DC fans (Snyder people and others) toward Black Adam and went "[frick] it, let's get Cavill back and get them all on board"

He obviously massively flexed the producer muscles and forced WB to agree to whatever terms Cavill has been wanting, and now here we are

Smart move, tbh. I really, really want to see Cavill in a Superman film with a completely fresh director and writer.
Ha1frican - 10/13/2022, 10:43 AM
@SeanMPC - Exactly
Doomsday8888 - 10/13/2022, 3:44 AM
Be me
Love Cox as DD.
Love Jackman as Wolverine.
Love Cavill as Superman.


Life is good. :')
bkmeijer1 - 10/13/2022, 3:48 AM
@Doomsday8888 - Is it nostalgia bate? Maybe. Do I care that it is? Nope. All of them returning is great, just like Maguire and Garfield were
VincentValjean - 10/13/2022, 3:58 AM
@Doomsday8888 - Why don't you love Batfleck as well?
bkmeijer1 - 10/13/2022, 3:49 AM
If someone was gonna make it happen, it's the Rock.

Now get me a Superman & Shazam vs. Black Adam movie. Or maybe even the Justice League vs. Black Adam, if they want Wonder Woman and Aquaman there too.
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