The DC Comics universe is in a complete mess, according to reports, after the company’s main superheroes, Black Adam, Shazam, and Superman, clashed in an unexpected and largely unproductive manner.
According to a recent report, when he took on the role of Black Adam, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson put creative pressure on DC Studios.
Shazam, played by Zachary Levi, is a powerful DC Comics superhero and the traditional adversary of Black Adam, played by The Rock.
Shazam!, Levi’s second incarnation of the character in “Fury of the Gods,” was released last week. It did poorly at the box office and received negative reviews because there was no mention of Black Adam in the film.
Dwayne Johnson and Henry Cavill, who plays Superman, were fired by DC Studios in December last year, effectively ending Johnson’s quest to become the star of the DC universe.
The latest Shazam film performed poorly, earning only about $30 million in its first weekend, compared to $53.5 million earned by the first installment in its first week.
Johnson was reportedly heavily involved in the film’s underwhelming performance.
According to the report, Johnson refused to include Levi’s upcoming film in a post-credit scene, which is typically a brief snippet that teases an upcoming film in the franchise.
During his Black Adam promotion, Johnson spoiled the film Shazam by discussing his confrontation with Superman.
When Levi shared the report on Instagram, he confirmed his rivalry with Johnson, saying that Johnson tries to portray himself as more important than the film, adding that Johnson wanted his brand to be the focal point of the film.
Black Adam was always supposed to be in Shazam’s origin story, but Johnson insisted on having his own film.
In DC Comics, Black Adam and Shazam have faced off several times. The two characters are linked by their Egyptian and Greek god-given superpowers.
Because Black Adam and Superman have a history, it was expected that Black Adam would face off against both Superman and Shazam in the future.
The fate of the superheroes and potential replacements for Johnson and Cavill remains unknown. Meanwhile, fans are very disappointed.