‘Black Adam’ Reshoots Jumped Budget To A Staggering $260M

With Dwayne Johnson’s confirmation that a Black Adam sequel will not be moving forward (for now) at DC Studios, it’s probably a good time to wrap-up negative stories on the film. But of course, there has to be at least one more, and it has to do with the financials, which are becoming clearer.

In recent weeks there has been some debate between the trades whether Black Adam would actually turn a profit. One story said the film would be a dud that loses $100M or more, while another, rumored to have been pushed by Johnson, said it would profit and lead to sequels and spinoffs.

So who’s right? Well, those who had Black Adam falling into the red, that’s who. In THR‘s report, the initial budget of $190M was pumped up to a staggering $260M after a bad test screening led to reshoots. Oof. When you throw in the cost of marketing, probably around $100M for a superhero movie of this size, and the mere $391M box office, Black Adam definitely fell short.

That’s what the narrative will be. The film lost money, and that was probably a factor in James Gunn and Peter Safran deciding to move on from it.

I like to take the long view of these things, though. Black Adam will eventually turn a profit. Movies exist in perpetuity; there will be rights fees and merchandising that will last forever. So Johnson isn’t wrong. Or at least he won’t be someday.

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.