You may have noticed that already The stone seems For real in his last role as Black Adam. Like, above and beyond your normal “actor selling his latest movie” promo work.
The goal, it seems, is that with a power vacuum in the DC universe right now, with universes broken and no superman on the big screen, The Rock believes his own character, Black Adam, can fill that void.
Just in case you needed more proof of that, on Instagram, The Rock went ahead and spoiled the post-credits scene for Super Pets, where he voices Superman’s dog, Krypto. But in this scene, he appears as, who else, Black Adam (and his dog), for a staredown with Superman. The Rock says he came up with this scene himself, which doesn’t seem like a normal role for an actor doing voice work in an animated film, and indicates that WB is content to give him a significant amount of wiggle room.
In the scene caption, The Rock talks about how he and his production company are going to expand the Black Adam DC universe, which uh, wait, what exactly is that?
“You already know how I feel about SUPERMAN vs BLACK ADAM. The indestructible force meets the immovable object. With the DC SUPER PETS UNIVERSE we had the chance to build out this amazing animated universe in a big, fun and cool way.
So three-ish @Teremana’s later, I came up with an idea for the credits… Allow me to introduce the meanest, meanest, antihero dog walking on God’s green earth….ANUBIS. Complete with his new favorite toy – squeeze Bruce Batman.
At @sevenbucksprod we have big plans to build BLACK ADAM DC UNIVERSE and now DC SUPER PETS UNIVERSE with our partners @wbpictures & @dccomics – and SUPER PETS & BLACK ADAM is just the beginning.”
For many DC fans, The Rock’s obsession with both Black Adam and making Black Adam the apparent center of the DCEU is now somewhat confusing and frustrating. Black Adam was primarily seen as Captain Marvel’s main antagonist over the years before that, as the two share a similar powerplant and Black Adam’s existence over the decades has been mainly about being a foil to Captain marvel. Now it feels like this idea that Black Adam is an “antihero” who can be a “Superman who kills” in the DCEU is like elevating someone like Sinestro or Reverse Flash or Black Manta to that spot. It just doesn’t make sense.
The Rock may not want to to replace Henry Cavill’s Superman outright, and he’s spoken fondly of him, but he’s clearly looking for some sort of crossover showcase to show his Black Adam can take on the most iconic hero in history. Even though Captain Marvel is about to release a sequel, and Black Adam is supposed to be his biggest rival, I’ve rarely even heard The Rock mention Captain Marvel in all of his Black Adam promo work, and I seem to be extremely fixated. are on Superman. Again, as a DC fan, it feels pretty weird.
All this is also based on a film that is still completely unproven. I thought the Black Adam trailer looked good, and yet we have no idea where it will land on the spectrum from great to terrible DCEU releases. First of all, we’re not talking about a director with a legendary comic book history. Jaume Collet-Serra directed The Rock’s Jungle Cruise and Liam Neeson’s The Commuter. I actually liked The Shallows, which he did with Blake Lively. But again, this is uncharted territory for him. And also for The Rock, frankly. The Rock may be an accomplished action star at this point, but he’s such a character to himself that it’s a little hard to separate him from the character. In many ways, Black Adam feels like just… a superhero manifestation from The Rock, and that’s not helped by Black Adam because it’s not a cartoon character that many people have such an attachment to.
As for what the “Black Adam Universe” might hold other than a Black Adam sequel or trilogy or whatever The Rock has planned, we should also keep in mind that the movie brings out a bunch of other DC heroes who we don’t seem to have. but in the DCEU, Dr. Fate, Atom Smasher, Hawkman and Cyclone. If any of those characters get their own spin-offs after this, I suspect that would be considered part of this new Black Adam universe… within the DCEU (with Black Adam cameo, no doubt). Yes, it’s very weird.
None of this matters if Black Adam isn’t a hit when it arrives in October. Although The Rock is a box office, I wonder how this will go. The safe bet is probably mediocre critic scores and higher audience scores, which he’ll tout, and we’ll see how much more runway he can convince WB to give him as they try to figure out what to do with their countless DC universes on this one. point is now Black Adam.
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