The director of the upcoming Black Adam movie, Jaume Collet-Serra, has said that neither Shazam or Superman are in his film. The timelines do not match.
Shazam: Fury Of The Gods was filming around the same time, and between that and the rumors that Cavill was about to be confirmed for a Superman return, people were looking to Black Adam to feature either or both in at least a cameo. Not so, says the director. In an interview with Deadline he was clear that this isn’t happening:
“Our movie is an original story, by the time the movie ends, he doesn’t know who Shazam or Superman is.”
He also said there are no plans for anything connected to be spinning off on HBO Max, so no Peacemaker style continuation here.
The big Black Adam publicity machine launches at Comic Con today so there may well be panel footage, featurettes and maybe even a full trailer flying around later today. The press effort will be ramping up as the October 21st release is fast approaching and Black Adam ends a big gap with no major releases in theatres. It also has a two-week open window before Black Panther: Wakanda Forever arrives. Warner Bros. will be sensing an opportunity here, but it needs to build buzz.
In the interview, Collet-Serra talks about an inspiration being from an unexpected source – Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry:
“I like how he operates in the grey and has a particular sense of morality and justice, similar to some of the movies in the 1970s where the system is broken, and someone needs to do something for justice.
Early on, I said that this could be the Dirty Harry of superheroes. Someone who won’t follow the rules but does the right thing. The corrupt system won’t protect the innocent anymore.”
We will find out if Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s long-gestating passion project can live up to its inspiration in about three months.