With the box office success of the Zachary Levi-starrer Shazam!, the long gestating Black Adam film is moving forward with New Line and Warner Brothers.
The project took a positive step toward going into production by attaching a director the project. Jaume Collet-Serra (The Commuter, The Shallows) is in negotiations to direct the project, according to Variety.
Dwayne Johnson has been attached to star as the title character for years. He and Collet-Serra worked on Disney’s Jungle Cruise together.
Initially, Johnson was supposed to make his debut in Shazam! That makes sense as Black Adam is a pretty famous antagonist for the superhero. In 2017, however, plans changed which had Black Adam starring in his own film and the Shazam! villain swapped to the classic Sivana (Mark Strong).
The Black Adam film is now a priority for both studios following how well Shazam! was received at the box office and by critics.
Black Adam, in comics, is the first Champion created by the wizard Shazam (using an Egyptian pantheon as the character is Egyptian). In the olden days of comics, he was corrupted and purely villainous. Later years, however, have put him in the light of an anti-hero.
For the film, Black Adam is going to be an anti-hero. Though details of the plot or anything else about the movie remain scarce.
Adam Sztykiel (Rampage) wrote the latest draft of the film, which will be produced by Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, and Beau Flynn.
Black Adam has no release date, but Jungle Cruise will be out in 2020.