(L-R) Hiram Garcia and Dwayne Johnson attend the premiere of “Black Adam” at Cine Capitol on October 19, 2022 in Madrid, Spain.
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A sequel to “Black Adam” won’t be part of the next phase of DC movies from Warner Bros.’ studio division. Discovery, according to the film’s star, Dwayne Johnson.
“DC and Seven Bucks have agreed to continue exploring the most valuable ways Black Adam could be used in future DC multiverse chapters,” Johnson wrote in a tweet. Seven Bucks is Johnson’s production company.
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The move comes as Warner Bros. Discovery, led by CEO David Zaslav, is cutting costs and trying to revive the debt-laden business. Shares of the company hit a 52-week low on Tuesday.
“Black Adam” was one of the properties that Warner Bros. were disappointing. Despite Johnson’s significant budget and worldwide popularity, the film underperformed at the box office and received poor reviews from critics.
The decision follows a leadership change at DC. James Gunn and Peter Safran started last month as the new heads of Warner Bros. Discovery DC Comics movie and TV unit.
Gunn, who directed “The Suicide Squad,” and Safran, who produced “Aquaman,” plan to revive the DC Studios slate, leading to an onslaught of various cuts, some of which have led to backlash. DC unexpectedly axed “Batgirl”, which was supposed to have been released exclusively on HBO Max, sending a shock wave through Hollywood and sparking backlash from fans.
“Love @TheRock and I’m always excited to see what he and Seven Bucks do next. Can’t wait to work together soon,” Gunn tweeted Tuesday in response to Johnson’s tweet.
DC also signaled a new direction for the Superman franchise. Gunn announced that a new Superman movie is in the works, but that the previous star, Henry Cavill, will not be returning. A new Wonder Woman movie has also been scrapped from the studio.
“Peter and I have a DC slate ready to go that we couldn’t be happier with; we’ll be able to share exciting information about our first projects at the start of the new year,” Gunn tweeted last week.