Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is at a point in his career where he can seemingly do no wrong. So waiting for the right moment may be the correct move to keep the People's Train a rolling with as little interruption as possible.
As such, the actor’s next big project will find him entering into the DCEU as Shazam’s nemesis Black Adam -- a project that’s been in the works for almost a decade. But now, in an interview with Yahoo supporting his upcoming film (and video game adaptation) Rampage, Johnson has dropped a small yet important scheduling update for his first foray into the superhero world.
Johnson said that, “The script came in, it’s great, we’re working on it” and that, “If things come together in the way we anticipate them coming together, that feels like a 2019 movie - in production.”
Instead of co-starring, or even appearing in Zachary Levi’s upcoming Shazam film, Black Adam (an Egyptian-god-channeling antihero) won’t be showing up until his own movie, thanks to a series of hiccups and disappointments in DC’s superhero movie slate.
But this doesn't seem to have stopped Johnson’s enthusiasm for the project. Noting that “DC is doing a great job finding the footing and tone of their movies, with Wonder Woman and James Wan’s movie that’s coming out with Aquaman,” Johnson says that Black Adam represents a “phenomenal opportunity for us to nail the tone and make sure he’s badass -- make sure we’re serving the mythology properly -- but also have intrinsic DNA tied to a lot of other properties in DC.”
That’s a lot to put onto the shoulders of a character that may not necessarily be the first name on the tips of most DC fans’ tongues. Yet, with Johnson behind Black Adam -- with all the charisma and gameness that comes with the versatile actor’s recent filmography -- his smiled assertion that “yeah, it’s looking like 2019,” seems like nothing but good news.