Former WWE Superstar and current Hollywood man-of-the-moment, Dwayne Johnson (Jungle Cruise, San Andreas, Jumanji, Moana) is gearing up for his latest project, Black Adam (2022), which recently entered post-production.
The first trailer for the highly-anticipated DC Expanded Universe film recently dropped at the DC FanDome event, getting fans even more excited than they already were for this antihero’s movie debut. For those unfamiliar with the character, DC Comics officially describes Black Adam as:
One of the world’s foremost wielders of magic, Black Adam has been both hero and villain over a life that’s spanned thousands of years.
Thousands of years before Billy Batson became a magically-empowered hero, the wizard Shazam selected another champion. Teth-Adam or “Mighty Adam” began as a hero of humanity, but then allowed his power to corrupt his ideals and desires. Now labeled Black Adam, he was exiled by Shazam, but returned in the modern day. A frequent enemy to Earth’s heroes, Black Adam believes he is the right person to lead humanity and any action he takes is necessary for the greater good.
Ever since the trailer was released, The Rock — who has previously admitted he has “flirted” with the idea of joining Kevin Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe — has been fielding questions about his upcoming film.
Recently, the pro wrestler turned actor admitted that he is hoping his Black Adam debut could lead to a huge Marvel Studios and DC crossover event with Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman) and Ryan Reynolds (Wade Wilson/Deadpool).
Johnson told Variety:
“I turned to Ryan [Ryan Reynolds] and Gal [Gal Gadot] and I said there should be a cross over. We can be the ones to possibly make it happen. We’ll see what happens.”
.@TheRock foresees a cross over with the Marvel and DC universes: "I turned to Ryan [Reynolds] and Gal [Gadot] and I said there should be a cross over… We can be the ones to possibly make it happen. We'll see what happens." https://t.co/M232HP48fJ pic.twitter.com/4uiNysPb2j
— Variety (@Variety) November 4, 2021
This certainly isn’t the first time the notion of a Marvel and DC crossover has popped up — in fact Marvel Comics and DC Comics have done numerous collaborations over the years, beginning in 1976, with the jointly-published “Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man”
However, as one recent article noted, Marvel — who is now owned by The Walt Disney Company — hasn’t been as interested in collaborations in recent years:
Marvel editor Tom Brevoort has said that Marvel just doesn’t consider such events worthwhile anymore, since they have to share the revenue with DC. While crossover books are always big sellers, the argument goes that Marvel can just make a big, ambitious book of their own, and even if it only sells 75% of what a crossover book would, that’s still 25% more revenue than they would get profitsharing with another publisher.
Johnson, however, seems confident that he, Reynolds — with whom he is currently starring in the Netflix movie Red Notice — and Gadot can make a new crossover project happen. It is important to note, though, that this project remains completely unconfirmed by Warner Bros. or Marvel Studios at this time.
Reynolds is currently taking a break from acting to focus on spending time with his wife Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) and their children, while Gadot was recently confirmed to be appearing as the Evil Queen in Disney’s live-action Snow White adaptation.
Do you hope Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson’s crossover dreams come true?