Dwayne Johnson, also known as “The Rock,” made some bold statements about his movie Black Adam, claiming that it would change the Hierarchy of Power in the DC Universe. Little did he know that this statement would come back to haunt him, as he is no longer part of the franchise, and his film failed to meet expectations.
How Dwayne Johnson’s Ego led to Henry Cavill’s Superman Exit
According to a recent report, Johnson’s attempt to assert his control over the DC Universe was the cause of his downfall.
The report suggests that Johnson’s ego got the best of him, and he refused to integrate with other established characters, sabotaging both the Black Adam and Shazam franchises.
The Rock reportedly vetoed a post-credits scene in Black Adam, which would have seen Shazam recruited by other costumed heroes into the Justice Society of America.
Additionally, he tried to shape Black Adam as the new center of the DC Universe, but this strategy failed to support the film and undercut the once-promising Shazam franchise.
Furthermore, Johnson allegedly brought back Henry Cavill and gave him false promises of Man of Steel 2, against the wishes of ex-DC Films boss Walter Hamada. Johnson reportedly wanted to extend his brand and make a brand centered on himself rather than focusing on creating a movie.
However, his dreams of being the focal point of the DC universe were over before they even began, as Black Adam grossed only $393 million globally on a hefty budget of $190-260 million.
Fans eagerly await James Gunn’s DCU to begin with Superman: Legacy. The results could have been very different and positive if Johnson had been more of a team player and less focused on his ego.
Zachary Levi also spoke against Dwayne Johnson in ruining Shazam 2
Zachary Levi, the leading actor in the upcoming film Shazam! Fury of the Gods also broke his silence regarding recent reports that Dwayne Johnson blocked plans for a crossover scene between their two superhero characters. Johnson, who portrays Black Adam in the movie, instead of sharing screen time with Levi’s character, Shazam, was the reason the post-credits scene was scrapped.
In response, Levi took to Instagram and shared a telling story with the caption, “The truth shall set you free.” He also superimposed a caption from The Wrap’s article, indicating his feelings on the situation.