Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has pushed for a separate Black Adam movie

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson lobbied to split ‘Black Adam’ and ‘Shazam!’ origin stories.

The 50-year-old actor will play the title role in the upcoming DC Extended Universe (DCEU) film and has revealed that he’s partly taking responsibility for giving the villain a standalone movie.

The Rock told Vanity Fair magazine, “When the first draft of the film came to us, it was a combination of ‘Black Adam’ and ‘Shazam’: two origin stories in one movie.

“Now that was the goal – so it wasn’t a total surprise. But when I read this, I just knew in my gut, ‘We can’t make this movie like this. We would be doing Black Adam an incredible disservice. ‘”

The former WWE star was determined to have his anti-hero front and center in his own film and recalled how he “made a phone call” where he aired his “unpopular” opinion.

Johnson explained: “I said, ‘I have to share my thoughts here.’

“Everyone was like, ‘Hey, this script is great, let’s make this movie.’ I said, “I really think you should do ‘Shazam!’, do this movie on your own in whatever tone you want. And I think we should separate that as well.”

The Rock previously suggested that “Black Adam” would “here in a new era” for the DCEU, as hinted in trailers.

The ‘DC League of Super-Pets’ star said: “This sequence reflects our tone. This sequence also reflects the vision of our director, who wanted to create something different; who wanted to create a movie that was But he also wanted create a movie that would start the pendulum swinging in the DC Universe.

“In addition to the hierarchy of power I’ve talked about, this pendulum swing will usher in a new era of the DC Universe. A new anti-hero era, a new tone era, and a new story era.”

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