The Rock is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in pro wrestling as well as Hollywood. However, his stock has slightly taken a hit after the failure of his ‘Black Adam’ film. In fact, it seems he tried to restructure the DCEU to make it all about his Black Adam character and Superman.
The highly anticipated release of “Shazam: Fury of the Gods” from Warner Bros. and DC Comics left the studios disappointed after its underwhelming performance at the box office on opening weekend.
According to The Wrap, it was reported that The Rock made an attempt to restructure the DC Extended Universe around himself and Henry Cavill’s Superman. The report suggests that Johnson had vetoed a post-credits scene that was planned for “Black Adam.” The scene would have seen Zachary Levi’s Shazam being recruited by Aldis Hodge’s Hawkman and other superheroes in the Justice Society of America.
However, the new co-chief of DC Studios, Peter Safran, who was also the producer of “Shazam,” resurfaced the scene that Johnson had previously vetoed. The scene now exists in “Fury of the Gods” as a mid-credits cookie, but with different actors. Instead of using the “Black Adam” actors, the scene now features Jennifer Holland and Steve Agee from “Suicide Squad” and “Peacemaker.”
Moreover, it has been confirmed that Henry Cavill will not be reprising his role as Superman in the DCEU after Safran and James Gunn were appointed as co-heads of the studio.
It is interesting to note that “Black Adam” grossed an impressive $393 million worldwide. However, the movie was labeled as a failure due to the overall costs involved. On the other hand, “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” which opened on March 17, has currently grossed $66,402,486 worldwide. The prequel, “Shazam!,” had grossed $366 million worldwide.
In summary, Dwayne Johnson’s attempt to restructure the DCEU around himself and Henry Cavill’s Superman has caused some significant changes, including the replacement of actors in a post-credits scene. It remains to be seen how these changes will affect the future of the DCEU.
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