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2017 Justice League was a disappointment. After that, DC had to regroup and gather the entire universe together and rebuild it. As a result, the next wave of films under the DCEU banner, such as Aquaman and Birds of Prey, embraced the standalone nature, and this trend continued with Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker all the way to the looming arrival of Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
Many pointed out that there could be a massive shift in terms of the plans of rolling projects out. It was at DC FanDome Where Warner Bros. confirmed that the franchise is embracing the multiverse concept, and this presented a lot of opportunities to showcase different characters and storylines moving forward. As a result, this means that certain characters will be given the chance to shine. Now, a new report has emerged, teasing the arrival of another DC hero to the big screen.
Deadline shared in a report that Warner Bros. and DC are developing a film about Hourman, with Chernin Entertainment serving as producers. The upcoming live-action adaptation will be written by Gavin Games and Neil Widener. The outlet also revealed that this will mark the first time that Chernin has developed a property under the DC banner. Given that Hourman is portrayed by both Rex and Rick Tyler, Deadline pointed out that it’s unknown which character will be featured in the film as the main protagonist.
For context, the Arrowverse already featured two versions of Hourman from Legends of Tomorrow and the much-talked-about Stargirl series. Both shows showcased Rex Tyler and his son, Rick, on two different occasions, and this could hint that the upcoming film will do the same thing. In a way, this is a good thing so that the franchise can fully embrace the multiverse concept. On the surface, a film revolving around Hourman could raise eyebrows for some fans, but by digging deep, it makes sense for the character to show up in the DCEU.
Hourman joins the list of DC characters that have a TV counterpart such as Superman, Flash, and Supergirl. The upcoming Black Adam movie has been confirmed to feature the Justice Society of America in a prominent role, and it could potentially set up the hero’s solo adventure since Hourman is a member of the superhero team. On the flip side, placing Hourman on an alternate Earth in the vast DC multiverse presents different story possibilities, and one of them could even involve launching a brand new Justice Society of America that could rival the main Justice League. Whatever the case, it’s evident that the looming arrival of Hourman offers an exciting new chapter for the DCEU, and it will be interesting to find out what’s in store for the character down the line.
Over the summer we witnessed Warner Bros. revealed the first look at Black Adam during the virtual DC FanDome event. Johnson described his character as a “ruthless keeper of justice” and “one of the most powerful [characters] in the DC Universe.” Black Adam is “one of the most powerful superheroes, anti-heroes, villains, whatever you want to call [him],” Johnson said, also warning the character is not your typical DC superhero. He further adds, “He is the judge, the jury, and the executioner, and he believes in an eye for an eye. He will always do everything he can to protect his people, more so protect his family,” Johnson said of Black Adam, who wields the same magic-given powers as Shazam (Zachary Levi).
But now, we have big news. Who is Black Adam going to face? THR reports Marwan Kenzari is in final negotiations to star in Black Adam. Kenzari is best known for playing Jafar in Disney’s live-action Aladdin, as well as Joe in Netflix’s breakout action flick The Old Guard. As for his Black Adam role, he will reportedly portray the villain, according to The Wrap. Production is looking to begin in April in Atlanta, but the film remains without a release date.
Black Adam’s production has been shifted to 2021 spring, during the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking of this, Black Adam is not the only movie to meet this fate, The Batman was also shifted to 2022. Black Adam does not have an official date announced yet. But one thing is for sure, that when this happens, the internet is going to break and Dwayne Johnson as Black Adams is going to trend for a long long time. The superheroes have to exhibit a little bit of restraint when it comes to taking care of the bad guys, if you will, or taking care of the people who are in their way,” Johnson added when. “He does not practice restraint. That makes for a really powerful combination, and one that’s explosive one that’s very dangerous, and one that is very likable — to me, at least.”