The new film Black Adam has been something of a box office disappointment for Warner Bros. As such, it looks like there will be no movement on a potential Black Adam sequel.
This report comes via THR. As they’ve explained, Black Adam “has only grossed $385 million worldwide and insiders at the studio say the movie, which cost more than $190 million to produce (two sources peg the actual cost at $230 million, not including marketing), will be lucky to break even, even considering ancillary revenue.” This is certainly disappointing for a film that was expected to carry the DCU into a new direction.
As they further note, “[Dwayne] Johnson hoped to carve out his own piece of the DC pie, but multiple sources say his playing up of a returning Cavill and his own involvement with DC may not be endearing him to the new management.” This seems to indicate that both Dwayne Johnson’s plans and the box office results of Black Adam are both reasons that a sequel won’t move forward. Of course, given how volatile DC’s plans currently are, perhaps we’ll still see Dwayne Johnson return as Black Adam in another future project.
After all, the ending of the film did tease a sequel with Henry Cavill’s Superman. But only time will tell how DC actually plans to continue those plot threads. James Gunn and Peter Safran are currently mapping out the entire future of the shared universe, or what it will result in next, so fans will have to wait to see what happens. Hopefully this all benefits the DCU in the long run.
Fans can currently see Black Adam in theaters or on various on demand platforms. Stay tuned to ScreenGeek for any additional updates as we have them. At this rate, it’s clear that anything can happen going forward.