Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson confirms Adam Sztykiel will be writing the script for Black Adam. Warner Bros. launched their unofficially titled DC Extended Universe with Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 – a follow-up to the filmmaker’s 2013 film, Man of Steel – and they continued expanding the newly-formed shared universe with David Ayer’s Suicide Squad and Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman. And while the studio has already planned out the next few years, Johnson’s Black Adam may squeeze in at some point.
Johnson revealed his involvement with Warner Bros.’ DC universe in 2014 when he confirmed that he was cast as the supervillain Teth-Adam, aka Black Adam. For those that don’t know, Black Adam is the archenemy of Shazam (formerly known as Captain Marvel). Despite David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! film moving forward, Johnson will not be making his debut as the titular villain in that flick but will rather be headlining his own solo movie before facing off against Billy Batson’s superhero half – and Sztykiel reportedly signed on to write the script for that standalone film.
Johnson confirmed on Twitter today that Sztykiel, who recently co-wrote Brad Peyton’s Rampage movie, will be penning the story for the Black Adam film. The actor went on to exclaim his excitement for the character and the movie, saying, “This character’s in my bones. Ruthless code.” Update: Johnson has posted on Twitter again, saying Sztykiel’s DCEU vision was “extremely impressive,” which is why he got the job in the first place.
Excited to expand the DC Universe w/ writer Adam Sztykiel (co-wrote @rampagethemovie) and bring this complex & gritty anti-hero to the big screen. This character’s in my bones. Ruthless code. #Kneel #BlackAdam⚡️https://t.co/mGUKIQAcSP
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 8, 2017
Yeah bud, you’re right but such is our business with writers. Adam’s POV of the Black Adam/DCEU universe was extremely impressive. Great take. Plus he was a great collaborator on Rampage 👍🏾
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 9, 2017
What’s interesting about Johnson’s tweet, though, is that he describes Black Adam as a gritty anti-hero, not a supervillain. While the character has dabbled in heroics before, he’s primarily a villain first and foremost. Although Black Adam started out his career as an adversary to DC’s Captain Marvel, he’s been redefined in recent years under the leadership of DC chief creative officer Geoff Johns, who’s now running Warner Bros.’ DC Films division. And given that anti-heroes and villains doing good things seems to be on the studio’s mind, it makes sense that they would want to give the character his own story, while also allowing him to explore his heroic side. That would also explain Black Adam’s absence from the Shazam! film.
At the moment, it’s unconfirmed when Johnson will finally make his debut as Black Adam, though he has promised a surprising introduction. Recent reports suggest that Johnson will appear as the character in Gavin O’Connor’s Suicide Squad 2, thus allowing a brief introduction to his Egyptian past before being spun-off into his own adventure. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens, but for now, the Black Adam movie seems to be moving smoothly behind-the-scenes.
KEY RELEASE DATES
Justice League release date: Nov 17, 2017
Aquaman release date: Dec 21, 2018
Shazam! release date: Apr 5, 2019
Wonder Woman 2 release date: Dec 13, 2019
Cyborg release date: Apr 3, 2020
Green Lantern Corps. release date: Jul 24, 2020