Dwayne Johnson has urged Warner Bros. not to produce the first Shazam film script

Dwayne Johnson has urged Warner Bros. not to produce the first Shazam film script ...

Theactor Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam has been a long time coming, as he has been hoping for the character to be made on the big screen since 2007. The closest he had come to achieving it was signing on in 2014 for a draft of Shazam!.

Although the script never became a reality, it did once feature both Billy Batson and The Rocks' favorite anti-hero. Instead, the film was reimagined to focus on just its titular hero, who eventually was portrayed by Zachary Levi within the DC Extended Universe.

Black Adam was not selected from that draft, although many have likely seen by now, but he has now begun his own solo project, which will be out in just over two months.

It's still difficult to imagine what might have been. What if Billy and Black Adam had been in the limelight when it came to Shazam!? What could have prevented it from happening in the first place?

Dwayne Johnson answered this very question in a new interview.

The First Shazam Script Was Nixed by Johnson

Dwayne Johnson, a Black Adam actor, talked about the first version of Shazam! he signed on for and how those circumstances ended up changing in an interview with Vanity Fair.

Johnson cited the first draft of the book as a combination of Black Adam and Shazam, but that he just knew in his gut that this wasn't the direction to go in:

Black Adam and Shazam were the primary themes when we first saw them: That was the intention, not a surprise, and when I saw that, I knew in my gut, we cant make this film like this. We would be doing Black Adam a huge disservice. It would have been fine for Shazam to have two origin stories converge in one film, but not for Black Adam.

The actor explains how he made a phone call and shared his thoughts on how the studio should make [Shazam!] on its own in the tone that [they] desire and separate Black Adam into something entirely different:

I said, I have to disclose my thoughts here. It's very unpopular because everyone thought, Hey, this script is fantastic, let's make this movie. I said, I really think that you should make Shazam!, make it on its own in the tone that you desire. And I think that we should separate this as well.

The character has almost completely disappeared from the film.

The Rock expressed how excited he is to be able to play a character that had never been seen before:

Nine times out of 10, I am asked, why have we been waiting so long for this character? Why have we not heard of this character yet? We get a chance to present a film and portray a character that we haven't seen before. There has been no other Black Adam.

The Shazam That Never Was

It's odd how, when it comes to Dwayne Johnsons anti-hero in the original Shazam! film, Zachary Levi's hero is almost never mentioned. Given their similarities, one would expect that the two would often be mentioned in the same conversations.

Yet, it's rare that they ever do. In fact, there seem to be no discussions about a major showdown between the two arch nemeses, which is odd, to say the least.

Instead, Johnson and the followers seem to be stuck on the idea that his big bad character would face Henry Cavils Superman. In fact, many were certain that San Diego Comic-Con 2022 would have a major surprise announcement waiting to wreak havoc on audiences. Unfortunately, nothing of the sort happened.

The closest the world has come to a fight over the two main characters in DC's League of Superpets is a brief interaction between the two characters.

Given the desire to see either Superman or Shazam face Black Adam, it's probably a safe bet to assume at least one of those is in the cards for a future appearance.

Friday, October 21, is the opening weekend of Black Adam.

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