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Dwayne Johnson has an update on a potential Black Adam sequel as DC Studios reconfigures the larger future of the superhero franchise.
In a message on Twitter On Tuesday, the producer/actor, 50, clarified that under new leadership at DC Studios (Guardians of the Universe director James Gunn and producer Peter Safran were announced as new co-CEOs in October), Black Adam will not be continued in the foreseeable future.
Johnson’s Passion Project hit theaters Oct. 21 and debuted at No. 1 at the domestic box office — becoming the biggest opening weekend of his lead actor career.
“My passionate friends, I wanted to give you a long overdue Black Adam update on the character’s future in the new DC Universe,” he began his statement. “James Gunn and I hooked up, and Black Adam will not be in their first chapter of storytelling. However, DC and Seven Bucks have agreed to continue exploring the most valuable ways Black Adam can be used in future DC multiverse chapters.”
“James and I have known each other for years and have always rooted for each other to succeed,” he continued. “It’s no different now, and I will always advocate for DC (and Marvel) to win and WIN BIG. You guys know me, and I have very thick skin – and you can always count on me to be direct with my words. These decisions by James and DC’s leadership represent their vision of DCU through their creative lens.”
Johnson added that he remains proud of the Black Adam movie made by Jungle Cruise director Jaume Collet-Serra and also starred Pierce Brosnan, Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo and Sarah Shahi.
“After 15 years of relentless hard work to finally make Black Adam, I am very proud of the film we delivered to fans around the world. I will always look back on the fan response to Black with immense gratitude, humility and love Adam We did great To my very passionate and vocal fans of the Black Adam/Super Hero genre: I love you, THANK YOU, and I will ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOU and do my best to deliver and entertain you .”
“What a hellish month – now we all need some Teremana. Have a productive week and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and your families! DJ,” he concluded.
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Henry Cavill’s Superman had a cameo at the end of Black Adam. At the time, Cavill told fans on Instagram that he was making a comeback in the role. (Johnson also revealed that he “fought hard” to make the cameo happen, teasingly going on Black Adam sequels.) This month, however, Cavill, 39, confirmed the “sad” news that he’s no longer playing Superman: “After the studio told me to announce my return in October, ahead of [Gunn and Safran’s] take it, this news is not the easiest, but such is life.”
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He said he “respects” Gunn and Safran’s decision not to bring him back, writing “The changing of the guard is something that happens. I respect that. James and Peter have a universe to build on I wish them and all involved with the new universe good luck and the happiest of fortunes.”
Still gun tweeted they’re open to working with Cavill again: “We’re big fans and we’ve talked about some exciting opportunities to work together in the future.”
Black Adam now streaming on HBO Max.