Having been in development since 2014, the cogs of pre-production for Black Adam have finally begun to turn again. The film has found a director with Jaume Collet-Serra, released recent casting news like Noah Centineo joining as Atom Smasher, and Warner Bros. is reportedly looking for someone to play Hawkman.
In an extended exclusive interview with Collider, producer Hiram Garcia spoke about Black Adam and the introduction of the Justice Society of America:
“We are so excited to introduce the Justice Society, especially Hawkman who’s such a beloved character and one of those heroes who’s always meant so much to the DC universe. Having them play in the same sandbox as Black Adam is going to be fantastic, and for the already established fans of these characters I think they are going to be really excited to see what elements from classic story lines we take inspiration from as we bring these characters together.When you take a powerhouse like Black Adam and inject him into this DC cinematic universe you want to make sure you are putting characters around him that can really up the stakes. As DJ likes to say the hierarchy of power in the DC universe really is going to change so Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Atom Smasher and Cyclone will have their hands full no matter how we choose to have them interact with Black Adam.”
This topic of the upending of power hierarchy suggests that Black Adam will push the power scaling to its limits, especially with a character that “doesn’t believe in pulling their punches.” So, considering how strong Henry Cavill’s Superman has been portrayed being, that says something.
“We’re thrilled with how the [DC FanDome] announcement went and the incredible fan reaction from it. Our director Jaume Collett-Serra has always had a great vision for what we all want to achieve and I think audiences are going to go crazy when they see the story and sequences we’ve been creating that showcase this world and more importantly what Black Adam is truly capable of.It’s fun to truly showcase all of his abilities and watch someone with this much power who, unlike other powerful DC characters, doesn’t believe in pulling their punches. Then on top of that you add in the complexity of his character and the things he’s carrying with him, what he’s been through, what he’s come from and where he’s going to go.. and it makes for a for a very unique and intense cinematic ride.”
There is also the inclusion of characters like Hawkman and Doctor Fate, tipping the scales of power even more out of balance.
“There’s been multiple ongoing conversations on how everything will roll out and it’s very exciting for myself as a filmmaker but even more so as a fan. Unfortunately, I can’t speak to that too much because it is still in the works, but I can say that on our end we’re very focused on building out this world we’re creating with Black Adam and the JSA.Obviously Shazam exists in that universe along with many many other heroes and believe me when I say we have very big ambitions for all these characters and the story lines we want to take them through.”
Hiram Garcia mentions how Warner Bros. and DC are still “…very focused on building out this world we’re creating with Black Adam and the JSA,” which could range from the time period, locations like the Kingdom of Kahndaq, or even this potentially new sector of the universe.
Garcia then spoke about the potential shooting date for Black Adam, despite production delays from COVID-19:
“COVID threw a curveball in a big way and readjusted everyone’s schedule, but I think the easiest way to look at it is it simply pushed the entire industry’s schedule a few months… We’re planning to pick back up with Black Adam some time first quarter next year and hoping to lock that all down soon.”