The Rock is out of the DC Universe - for now

Dwayne Johnson said that James Gunn has told him that there's no place for Black Adam in the first phase of the DC Universe.

So much for the hierarchy of power in the DC Universe changing. Although The Rock was technically correct when he said the DC Universe will change forever, he was wrong about when it would happen. As it turns out, it wasn't Black Adam's arrival that ultimately forced a reboot of the struggling cinematic universe. Instead, it's James Gunn going full Avengers: Endgame Thanos on the DC Universe by effectively wiping out everything that's been built before.

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The Rock's decades-long struggle to bring Black Adam into the big screen has officially ended.

In the latest chapter of the events following Black Adam's lackluster box office earnings - no offense to the Brahma Bull, but nobody believes the film made profit - as well as the arrival of James Gunn and Peter Safran, The Rock has clarified his place within the DCU.

According to Johnson, he and Gunn "connected" and the conversation ultimately led to the anti-hero Adam being booted out of the DC Universe if only temporarily. Johnson explains that his production studio, Seven Bucks Productions, are still working with DC Studios to find ways to insert Black Adam in "future DC multiverse chapters."

If this isn't already made clear yet, what Johnson is saying is that next year's slate of films that are part of the DC Extended Universe is effectively useless.

If it's any consolation, Black Adam's temporary exit from the DC Universe doesn't mean that The Rock is no longer coming back. Given that this is his passion project, we're pretty sure The Rock made sure that he'll return in the future. But, what this does mean is no character is safe. If booting Henry Cavill as Superman was done to send a message, doing the same to The Rock and Black Adam is tantamount to doubling down.

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We're just hoping that, when Gunn does come calling, The Rock won't be too old to play as the king of Kahndaq. Keep in mind, The Rock is 50 years old now. He'll likely be pushing 60 when the DC Universe has kickstarted its first chapter. This leaves him a few years to play an imposing figure as Black Adam before age (and his alleged steroid use) inevitably catches up to him.

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It's unclear if bigger box office figures would've changed James Gunn's mind about Black Adam.

In the meantime, fans can look forward to watching The Rock's upcoming list of sequels to Jungle Cruise, Red Notice, and Jumanji, among others.

Ray Ampoloquio
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