Following a series of changes at Warner Bros., it is now official that “Black Adam” will not be included in the first phase of DC’s new chapter, as plans for a sequel have been cancelled. After speaking with filmmaker James Gunn and producer Peter Safran, Dwayne Johnson, who plays the modern-day superhero, confirmed the “long-awaited” news on Twitter.
“Black Adam will not be included in their first chapter of storytelling,” Johnson wrote in a lengthy statement released Tuesday. “However, DC and Seven Bucks have agreed to continue investigating the most beneficial ways Black Adam can be used in future DC multiverse chapters.”
Warner Bros. was contacted for comment by USA TODAY.
While Johnson says the decision was made by Gunn and DC leadership, he assures fans that he “will always root for DC (and Marvel) to win and WIN BIG.”
“I’m very proud of the film we delivered for fans all over the world after 15 years of relentless hard work. I will always remember the fan reaction to Black Adam with gratitude, humility, and love “He stated.
“I love you, THANK YOU, and I will ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOU and do my best to deliver and entertain you, my very passionate and vocal Black Adam/Super Hero genre fans.”
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Gunn also confirmed the news on social media, saying he is shocked “I’m always curious to see what (Johnson) and Seven Bucks come up with next. I can’t wait to work with you soon.”
The announcement comes just one week after Henry Cavill announced on Instagram that he would not be reprising his role as Superman. “I just met with James Gunn and Peter Safran, and I have bad news for everyone. After all, I won’t be returning as Superman… The changing of the guard is a common occurrence. “I respect that,” wrote the actor who played Superman in “Man of Steel” in 2013, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in 2016, and “Justice League” in 2017.
That same week, filmmaker Patty Jenkins confirmed that the third instalment of “Wonder Woman” would not be produced by DC Films.