‘Black Adam’: Dwayne Johnson Is Still Getting Asked About Film’s Failure, Exclusion From New DCU

I kinda feel bad for Dwayne Johnson now. A little bit. Because he is never going to stop being asked about the failure of his passion project, Black Adam, the film he hoped would come to dominate the DCEU. Instead, the much-hyped superhero movie was a dud that James Gunn didn’t want to be part of his new DCU.

However, Johnson does appear to be moving on…even if journalists keep forcing him to relive it. He tells Variety

“All that I can do, and all that we could do when we were making ‘Black Adam,’ was to put our best foot forward and surround ourselves with the best people and deliver the best movie we could,” Johnson said. “Our audience score was in the 90s. Critics took a couple shots, but that’s just the business of it.”

And as for not being chosen by James Gunn to be part of his future plans, Johnson is cool with that, too, using a football analogy to make his point.

“It’s almost like when you have a pro football team and your quarterback wins championships and your head coach wins championships and then a new owner comes in and says, ‘Not my coach, not my quarterback. I’m going to go with somebody new.’”

I quite liked Black Adam and would like to see more, especially of the JSA and a potential showdown with Henry Cavill’s Superman. So much potential has gone to waste. Anyway, Johnson has plenty of other things to do. It’s my contention that he needs to create his own franchise that is 100% his to control, similar to what Vin Diesel did with his long-running Riddick movies.

Next up for Johnson is, possibly, an appearance at WrestleMania next month (fingers crossed), followed by Prime Video action-adventure Red One later this year.

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.