Black Adam is gearing up once again. Producer Hiram Garcia, in a new interview with Collider, dished some new details on the long-gestating DC Comics movie. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has long been attached to play the character and is finally set to suit up soon. According to Garcia, they are getting things rescheduled following the unexpected production delay.
“COVID threw a curveball in a big way and readjusted everyone’s schedule, but I think the easiest way to look at it is it simply pushed the entire industry’s schedule a few months,” Garcia said. “We’re planning to pick back up with Black Adam some time first quarter next year and hoping to lock that all down soon.”
The Rock showed up at DC FanDome to offer our first look at the film. Originally, the plan was to have Black Adam as the villian in Shazam. As Johnson’s star power grew, that changed. Instead, we will meet the character in a solo movie. Hopefully, that will lead to a crossover down the line. Garcia, speaking further, emphasized that the priority is safety.
“We’re excited to proceed as planned with all our projects but our main priority has been making sure we can create safe environments for out cast and crew which we’ve been able to do,” Garcia said. “We’re fortunate to work on big productions and ourselves along with the entire industry have worked to devise new protocols and systems that allow us to proceed in safe ways keeping the talent, crew and entire production safe. We’ve gotten to a place where it feels like we’ve established some amazing guidelines that allow us to get back to work and so now it’s about rolling that out and applying that formula to all our productions across the board. Obviously as you apply that formula to productions the projects take on new forms due to added costs, new approaches and the required reimagining of some sequences that now have unique protocols and requirements placed upon them.”
Jaume Collet-Serra is set to direct the film, with Noa Centineo set to play Atom Smasher. He will be part of the Justice Society, with the group of heroes factoring into the film’s plot. Garcia also spoke a bit about that.
“We are so excited to introduce the Justice Society, especially Hawkman who’s such a beloved character and one of those heroes who’s always meant so much to the DC universe,” Garcia said. “Having them play in the same sandbox as Black Adam is going to be fantastic, and for the already established fans of these characters I think they are going to be really excited to see what elements from classic story lines we take inspiration from as we bring these characters together. When you take a powerhouse like Black Adam and inject him into this DC cinematic universe you want to make sure you are putting characters around him that can really up the stakes. As DJ likes to say the hierarchy of power in the DC universe really is going to change so Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Atom Smasher and Cyclone will have their hands full no matter how we choose to have them interact with Black Adam.”
Black Adam is currently set to hit theaters on December 22, 2021.