Before the DC universe spawned several connected feature films, there were discussions regarding a Black Adam movie that transpired for the last decade. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been a driving force behind the conversations with the actor truly fighting for the titular role, and we recently learned that it will finally be coming to fruition.
Ahead of the film’s shooting schedule slated for the summer of 2020, the cinematographer Lawrence Sher, who was also the cinematographer in the recent film Joker, made his involvement in Black Adam known. During a recent For Your Consideration screening for Joker, Sher opened up about the vision for the film as well as its take on the superhero genre and admitted that it aims to push boundaries. Sher hints:
“One of my interests about it is to continue to sort of—and we’ve talked about it with Dwayne and obviously with Jaume and DC—can we continue to sort of reshape what a comic book movie is? Like yes of course you want it to be entertaining and it has to make a decent amount of money so it can’t live in such a fringe place that it doesn’t bring people in, but can we do something inventive? So that’s the goal is to continue to try to do something a bit inventive with it.”
Obviously, with superhero films being a dime a dozen, every person involved in recent genre films hopes to differentiate their project from the next — something that’s essential to avoid that over-saturated feeling that superhero franchises can create. With Black Adam, the film will center on a more villainous character that could imply a slightly different tone given the smaller percentage of villain-focused titles.
At the very least, Black Adam receiving his own origin story as opposed to being an antagonist in Shazam means we’ll be seeing an almost inevitable conflict in the future of DC’s films. Are you excited about Black Adam joining the roster of DC films?