Dwayne Johnson allegedly ruined Black Adam & Shazam
Zachary Levi, the star of “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” appeared to confirm the claim that Dwayne Johnson blocked the appearance of Hawkman and other JSA characters.
Zachary Levi seemingly confirms reports that Dwayne Johnson blocked Hawkman and other JSA characters from appearing in ‘SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS’. pic.twitter.com/nVpCbLiv4e— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) March 21, 2023
The actor claimed to be telling the truth and shared it on his Instagram stories. Zachary Levi was not given a cameo in a post-credit for “Black Adam,” the Rock claimed in his Instagram story.
The “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” post-credits revealed that Black Adam’s The Justice Society was allegedly enlisting Shazam.
Dwayne Johnson’s defensive remarks about the Black Adam box office are now beginning to make sense. Two “high-level Hollywood sources” are cited by TheWrap in a report that claims Johnson’s egotistical antics “systematically destroyed two franchises”—Shazam and his own DC Universe debut, Black Adam.
Dwayne Johnson was reportedly furious when WB executives asked him to shoot a cameo as Black Adam for ‘Shazam: Fury of the Gods’— Neb | 🏳️🌈 (@NebsGoodTakes) March 21, 2023
“When Zachary Levi walked in and attempted help de-escalate the situation, Dwayne unhinged his large jaw and swallowed him whole.”
(Source: DEADLINE) pic.twitter.com/mBUbBjx8tE
When Warner Bros. executive approached Dwayne Johnson to film a cameo as Black Adam for “Shazam: Fury of the Gods,” he reportedly became enraged. The Rock refused entry, forcing David F. Sandberg to include Emilia and John at the last minute.
There are other concerns with DC’s film division (which encompasses both the Black Adam and Shazam franchises) that have nothing to do with the man who goes by the moniker “The Rock,” as TheWrap points out.
The fact that Johnson tried to distance his character, Black Adam, from his primary canonical link to the universe (Shazam led by Zachary Levi) and instead chose to pitch a fight between himself and Superman starring Henry Cavill, wouldn’t help either, according to two sources who spoke to The Wrap, wouldn’t help.
Johnson (who debuted in Fast Five) published a controversial Instagram post in 2016 criticizing some of his co-stars, referring to them as “candy asses,” in Fate of the Furious, the run-up to the eighth film in the Fast franchise. After a protracted, middle school-like saga, it became evident that Johnson was referring to Vin Diesel.
Johnson has been transparent about his attempts to set Black Adam apart from Shazam. He recalled that the initial concept had been for the characters to share an origin story in one film when he spoke with Vanity Fair last August.
With the release of the film Fast Five in 2011, The Rock made his acting debut in the Fast & Furious series. He took on the persona of Luke Hobbs, a bounty hunter and security agent for the American Diplomatic Service. Although viewers adored Johnson’s character, the actor left because he conflicted with the show’s star, Vin Diesel.
Instead of entirely severing his ties to the franchise, he went one step further and gave his dog the name Hobbs as a gesture of appreciation.
Despite their infamous feud, Dwayne Johnson paid $6 billion franchise leader Vin Diesel the highest honor after his furious exit.
The power change at DC last fall, when James Gunn became co-CEO of DC Studios, could cause problems for at least one star.
After chatting with Gunn, Johnson exited from DC official last December. He maintained a friendly tone.
‘Shazam: Fury of the Gods’ keeps Strugglngi With $30 Million from 4,071 Theaters in Opening Weekend.