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The San Diego Comic-Con is one of the biggest events for comic book lovers, and DC fans were in for a treat as Dwayne Johnson appeared in his Black Adam costume.
Dwayne Johnson opened the door for fans to throw in some questions for the upcoming film, and one of the most anticipated is Henry Cavill’s involvement in future DC projects as Superman.
A fan asked who would win between his Black Adam and Cavill’s Superman, but his response may indicate that Cavill wouldn’t be reprising his role as Krypton’s last son.
On Saturday morning, Dwayne Johnson appeared on Warner Bros.’ panel to promote the Block Adam movie when a fan asked the big question on every DCEU fan’s lips:
Who would win in a fight between Black Adam and Superman?
Johnson smiled and contemplated before responding:
“Don’t threaten me with a good time because I’m going to answer that.
“Well, I will say, as you guys know, because we’re all in deep with this mythology, and it’s been an age-old question of who would win a fight between Black Adam and Superman.
Pound for pound, they’re pretty close.
I guess it probably depends on who is playing Superman – I’m just going to say that. I’ll leave it at that.”
The audience reception
Many were hoping that the San Diego Comic-Con would drop hints on Cavill’s return as Superman following the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League last year.
Black Adam would have been the perfect catalyst for that return, but Johnson’s comments only drew boos, suggesting the role of Superman was open.
However, Black Adam director Jaume Collet-Serra confirmed that neither Superman nor Shazam would appear in the movie.
“Our movie is an original story,” explained the director. “By the time the movie ends, he doesn’t know who Shazam or Superman is.”
The hierarchy of power
Although the audience wasn’t enthusiastic about Dwayne Johnson’s answer, he hinted that the Superman character could return to the DCEU sooner than later, whether Cavill reprises his role.
The Black Adam actor also spoke with IGN and cleared the air surrounding his previous comments about how the “hierarchy of power” in the DC Universe is changing.
“The one who sits at the top of the DC Universe is Superman,” he explained. “The one who is scratching at his back is Black Adam.”
IGN also asked if the dynamic would hold once his movie was released.
“I think so,” responded Johnson. “That’s the fun part about the movies that we can make and being in the realm of DC and bringing life to a character who pound for pound is very close to Superman.
And I always do like reminding people that Superman has two weaknesses: Kryptonite and magic.
Black Adam, one of his anchoring powers is magic.
Now, there’s a lot of other elements involved, but I will tell you that that has been one of the most gratifying parts about making Black Adam.
And I’m right there with all the fans — what if? What if this happened? What if this guy met this guy? Or what if this guy met this woman? What if.”
Before the Saturday panel, the Comic-Con crowd was hoping that Warner Bros. would bring some news surrounding Henry Cavill’s Superman, but the panel only focused on the Shazam sequel for 2023 and the Black Adam film in October.
Although the Flash movie is also coming to theaters, Warner Bros. decided to play it safe as star Ezra Miller is currently facing some controversy.
Meanwhile, the Aquaman sequel has been kept in the dark following the defamation trial of Johnny Depp by Mera actress Amber Heard.
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