Actor Dwayne Johnson says a “Black Adam” sequel won’t be part of the next phase of DC movies from Warner Bros. Discovery’s studio division.
Johnson wrote in a tweet that “DC and Seven Bucks have agreed to continue exploring the most valuable ways Black Adam can be utilized in future DC multiverse chapters” as Seven Bucks is Johnson’s production company.
The move comes as Warner Bros. Discovery, under CEO David Zaslav, cuts costs and tries to revamp the debt-laden business.
The movie “Black Adam” was among the properties that have been disappointing for Warner Bros. Despite its sizable budget, and Johnson’s global popularity, the movie underperformed at the box office and garnered bad reviews from critics.
The decision follows a leadership transition at DC. James Gunn and Peter Safran started as the new heads of Warner Bros. Discovery DC Comics film and TV unit last month.
Gunn, who directed “The Suicide Squad,” and Safran, who produced “Aquaman,” intend to bring new life to the DC Studios slate, leading to an onslaught of different cuts, some of which have brought backlash.