‘Hobbs & Shaw’ star Dwayne Johnson spent fifteen years developing ‘Black Adam,’ a film based on the DC Comics villain. Despite a cameo by Henry Cavill as Superman, the movie did not perform well at the box office. Its performance prompted DC Films Co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran to go in a different direction with the superhero franchise. This will include a new actor to portray Clark Kent in the announced film ‘Superman: Legacy.’
Johnson addressed Henry Cavill’s untimely exit from the franchise in an interview with Variety.
“All that I can do, and all that we could do when we were making ‘Black Adam,’ was to put our best foot forward and surround ourselves with the best people and deliver the best movie we could,” the ‘Faster’ actor explained. “Our audience score was in the 90s. Critics took a couple shots, but that’s just the business of it.”
“It’s almost like when you have a pro football team and your quarterback wins championships and your head coach wins championships and then a new owner comes in and says, ‘Not my coach, not my quarterback. I’m going to go with somebody new,” he added.
Prior to the shift in agenda, Johnson had announced that the previously titled DCEU would be developing a future slate of films where Superman would square off against Black Adam. That film appears to no longer be in the works with the announcement of “DCU Chapter One: God and Monsters,” Gunn and Safran’s first film slate for the DCU.
Cavill had previously announced that he would return as Superman after a hiatus following ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League.’ A few months later, Gunn announced that a younger actor would be portraying the Last Son of Krypton on screen. Cavill instead will focus on an adaption of the table-top game ‘Warhammer 40,000’ that he will be executive producing and possibly starring in for Amazon Studios.
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