Gavin O’Connor’s Suicide Squad 2 is set for an October 2018 production, and the rumor mill has churned out some pretty exciting news: Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam may be introduced in the film. With David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! movie cast and ready to go, DC and Warner Bros. aren’t wasting any time moving forward with the standalone Black Adam film that will set up a confrontation between the two at some point in the future. But the idea of having Johnson cameo in the upcoming sequel is currently being thrown around and might become part of the plan in the very near future.
Johnson has been signed on to play Black Adam since 2008, and although it’s taken a decade to get him on-screen, fans can rest easy knowing someone who’s truly invested in the character is seeing him through the production process. If you’ve been watching the trajectory of Johnson’s career – an upcoming fifth season of HBO’s Ballers might be in the works, along with Disney’s Jungle Cruise, Jumanji, Rampage, and the Fate of the Furious spin-off co-starring Jason Statham – it’s easy to forget that he came from a wrestling background. The guy is a bona fide movie star, and seems to have his hand in every major franchise today.
According to a write-up in The Wrap:
The insiders told The Wrap that the current plan for the sequel is for the members of Suicide Squad to be tasked with tracking down a weapon of mass destruction. That weapon? Black Adam himself. The villain is best known in DC Comics as the main nemesis of superhero Shazam.
“The Rock” first hinted at what’s cooking in May, when he told Fandango, “We have a really cool surprise for Black Adam that I can’t reveal, in terms of where we will see Black Adam being introduced.”
It’s easy to connect the dots and say, “Oh, he’s obviously talking about Suicide Squad 2,” but DC has a lot of movies in the works right now, and there’s no telling where or when we’ll see Johnson emerge as the infamous anti-hero. That said, if there was going to be a movie that introduced an even bigger and badder villain than anyone in the Suicide Squad movies, it would have to be in a Suicide Squad movie. We’re all hoping this upcoming sequel is a success. If it is, there will be quantifiable proof that DC and Warner Bros. have finally figured out what the hell they want to do with this franchise.
You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: the DCEU got off to a rough start. But the tides seem to be turning, and I’m pretty much on board for whatever they have to offer, especially after Wonder Woman and all the positive buzz Justice League has been getting these past few weeks.
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Source: The Wrap