Dwayne Johnson’s Reported DC Troubles Explained
Even outside of the report claiming he had unfollowed the two studios on Instagram, a variety of other stories have surfaced in recent months about Johnson’s reported issues working with DC. The blockbuster star was said to have gone around previous DC Films boss Walter Hamada to current Warner Bros. Pictures bosses Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy to push for Henry Cavill to cameo as Superman in Black Adam. Johnson recently confirmed these reports, indicating that neither studio had any interest to bring the Man of Steel star back to the fold until the new DCU creative convinced them to change their minds. Johnson has also reportedly been opposed to the initial plans for Black Adam and Shazam to face off in the DCU, as is the case in the comics, with the actor reportedly disliking the latter character and even turning down the request for a cameo in Shazam! Fury of the Gods. Following recent indications that Black Adam was poised to lose WB up to $100 million following an underwhelming performance at the box office, the actor took to his social media to assure that his DCU debut would actually make a profit for the studio of somewhere between $52-72 million, even noting how the original Captain America movie, The First Avenger, grossed just $370 million against its $140 million production budget. Despite all of these controversies, Johnson has publicly expressed his excitement at what the future for him holds in the comic book franchise, however that leads to the question on many audiences’ minds.