The wrestler-turned-movie-star is currently speaking to press in anticipation of Skyscraper, the supercharged popcorn movie that reads as a mashup between Die Hard and Towering Inferno. But when Variety (h/t CBM) caught up with Dwayne Johnson, the actor was quizzed about the current state of his Black Adam spinoff movie, which has spent the last five years teetering on the verge of production.
It’s “coming along,” according to the Hollywood megastar, who then assured budding comic book fans that a standalone Black Adam film is still on the cards despite Warner’s “reconfiguration” of the DC Extended Universe.
The script is coming along. I’m very happy with it. That’s a project that obviously you want to take your time [with]. I think it’s in a very exciting time now, with DC, because there’s some rejiggering going on. There’s reconfiguration going on. There’s looking at the macro map of the DC universe. And I know those guys are working diligently at DC and Warner Bros too, working closely with our producers too, to see how Black Adam unfolds in the universe. But yeah. I mean, I’m excited about it. It’s just coming along and being written.
That reconfiguration involved the appointment of Walter Hamada as DC Films president back in January. His first port of call? To oversee development of all Warner Bros. superhero projects, beginning with the Aquaman spinoff ahead of its arrival in December.
Where does this leave Black Adam? Pretty far down the Warner Bros. pecking order, according to Dwayne Johnson, who recently admitted that the film isn’t expected to enter production until late 2019. So, yes, Black Adam will have his moment, but it’ll be some time yet before The Rock breaks his superhero duck.