Maybe Shazam and Black Adam will fight after all. Except not on screen in some big action spectacle, but on social media (where people usually fight these days). DC’s classic properties were treated as both with a double whammy Black Adam and recently, Shazam: Wrath of the Gods caused much grief from critics and underperformed at the box office. Back with the first Shazam‘s success and the knowledge that Dwayne Johnson was inevitably making a move looked like a good set up for a big Versus movie. However, none of the films really took credit for themselves. And Zachary Levi has backed a claim that Johnson does.
Last night Levi shared a screenshot on an Instagram Story of a report in which Dwayne Johnson both refused to let Shazam do a post-credits cameo Black Adam and blocked the cameo appearance of the Justice Society of America in Shazam: Wrath of the Gods. According to The Hollywood Reporter, director David F. Sandberg had said “that the scene fell apart ‘three days before we were going to shoot the cameras,’ forcing him to find alternate characters at the last minute.” Levi’s screenshot of the report was accompanied by the caption: “The truth will set you free.”
Known as the Anti-Shazam in the comics, Black Adam is one of, if not the, greatest opponent of the character. Johnson reportedly turned down a Shazam appearance Black Adam for having Henry Cavill’s Superman show up instead. Then Johnson began his narrative of the fight to get Cavill back to DC, with an eventual showdown in between this Characters. I think technically Johnson was right when he boasted that the power hierarchy at DC was going to change since all his plans were dashed when James Gunn and Peter Safran started running the company to rebuild with their own continuity to start.
Before the premiere of Black AdamIt has also been reported that Johnson turned down the opportunity to introduce Black Adam in the first part Shazam film and said he wanted to give both characters their own film so they would have time to develop. This, of course, was before the film revealed a Superman reintroduction, which had been Johnson’s goal. Levi didn’t elaborate on his contribution, and while this recent film underperforms, Levi attributes it to poor marketing, “I think the biggest problem we have is marketing. This is a perfect family film, and yet many families are unaware of it. Which is just a shame.”