The Rock had a plan for his DC film Black Adam which he thought would launch a new corner of the DC Universe culminating in a battle between his God-like warrior and Henry Cavill’s Superman. Dwayne Johnson and his Seven Bucks Productions crew worked tirelessly to get Cavill into Black Adam in a post-credits sequence. Only, plans changed when James Gunn and Peter Safran took over for the former DC regime at Warner Bros. and then chose to recast Superman for the upcoming DC film Superman: Legacy.
According to CinemaBlend, Cavill was eventually neglected, and The Rock was questioned about it on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday. When asked about what happened with Henry Cavill, Dwayne Johnson told Variety via Brandon Davis at ComicBook that the only thing he and his team could control was Black Adam, making the best movie possible and ideally setting up a plot that fans wanted to follow.
The Rock says that their Audience Score was in the nineties and is currently 88% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, but he admits that critics took many shots at the film so that they couldn’t continue. The larger issue is that the previous Warner Bros. regime allowed Henry Cavill to record a video and tell fans that he was officially back as Superman and that he was so thrilled to continue telling stories as DC’s primary hero. It was uplifting for both Cavill and his supporters until it wasn’t.
However The Rock didn’t stop there, and instead of directly criticizing James Gunn, he phrased his attack in a sports analogy that makes sense, even if it’s disappointing for fans of Black Adam. According to his description, a new owner took over their team. Even though the current coach and quarterback had experienced success, the new “owners,” Gunn and Safran, wanted to go with their Superman picks.
Fans won’t know who might replace Henry Cavill for a long time and James Gunn has yet to confirm that if he is directing Superman: Legacy. DC fans understand how important the casting for that film will be partially because this new Superman is going to be a cornerstone of the DC Universe moving forward. Keep an eye on Thirsty for the most latest updates.
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