Following the report that Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam would appear in the upcoming Suicide Squad 2, The Rock himself took to Twitter to confirm that Adam Sztykiel would be penning the script for this character’s solo film. Even going as far as praising Sztykiel’s knowledge of Black Adam and the DCEU as a whole.
Excited to expand the DC Universe w/ writer Adam Sztykiel (co-wrote @rampagethemovie) and bring this complex & gritty anti-hero to the big screen. This character’s in my bones. Ruthless code. #Kneel #BlackAdam⚡️https://t.co/mGUKIQAcSP
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 8, 2017
Yeah bud, you’re right but such is our business with writers. Adam’s POV of the Black Adam/DCEU universe was extremely impressive. Great take. Plus he was a great collaborator on Rampage 👍🏾
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 9, 2017
Sztykiel’s body of work doesn’t scream superhero film, with films such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. Although, it appears that the up and coming writer caught the eye of The Rock. It was unannounced to this point that Sztykiel had worked on Rampage with Johnson until now, a film not set to release until next year.
Little is known about the Black Adam solo film, with the character originally set to appear in Shazam! then was removed at some point in the planning phase. It was then announced earlier this year, the iconic DC villain would be getting a solo film. There hasn’t been a release date set as of yet, or even if the film will be connecting to the larger DCEU, something that has been a point of contention between outlets in the past.
Black Adam is currently on the list of DC villains who have a solo film in development, a list that also includes Deathstroke, Joker and the Gotham City Sirens. It’s unlikely that every film will hit theaters, with a large number of DCEU films currently in development and only one in production, the aforementioned Shazam!.
It’s yet to be seen what kind of direction Warner Brothers will take the Black Adam film. Hiring a writer with a comedic background like Sztykiel could bring a levity to the film that could be difficult to find with a character like Black Adam and having The Rock’s stamp of approval never hurts.
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