Fans of actor/wrestler/Baller Dwayne Johnson and fans of DC Comics’ Black Adam just got some news that will bum them out. Johnson’s debut in the DCEU, Black Adam, is being delayed all the way until October 21s. That is quite the bump from its original release date of July 29. That particular date is now being occupied by DC League of Super-Pets, the family-friendly animated movie starring the voice talents of Johnson as Superman’s dog Krypto, frequent co-star Kevin Hart as Ace the Bat-Hound, and Marc Maron as Lex Luthor (being the obvious substitute for Jesse Eisenberg). Now, these delays have grown depressingly normal over the last several years of Covid-19 pandemic-related shutdowns, production delays, and theater mishaps, but that does not make them any more fun. Johnson himself took to Instagram to explain the delays:
Notably, Dwayne Johnson does not actually call it a “delay,” instead simply stating that the movies are “shifting dates.” Johnson is one of the more energetically positive human beings on the planet, so it would probably be difficult to get him to frame this situation as anything but a net gain for audiences, studios, and the universe as a whole. The caption to his short video (set against a lovely background of Hawaiin palm trees and ocean) also makes sure to highlight the fact that DC League of Super-Pets is now a summer movie, traditionally a peak time for theaters, and that Black Adam will run through Thanksgiving and Christmas. Leave it to The Rock to find the silver lining in anything, even two of his most important projects of the year being abruptly “date shifted.” Given Johnson’s masterful use of social media, it was probably a good idea to pass this one to him to handle. If you can’t take some bad news between looking at the Rock’s gigantic cheat meals and his ridiculous workouts, when could you?
Warner Bros has thus far projected 2022 to be a massive year for their rollout of DCEU projects. If there was ever a time that they could possibly take the lead from Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, the post-Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: No Way Home gap between tentpole films would probably be it. Now that DCEU projects like The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker are getting more critical praise than Warner Bros has previously experienced, and Matt Reeves’ The Batman is making all the money in the world, it seems ideal. But aside from Dwayne John’s Black Adam and DC League of Super-Pets, speculation is spreading that the rest of Warner Bros roster of major films is getting delayed. According to Twitter’s @AaronCouch (but not confirmed by Warner Bros as of yet), Shazam! Fury of the Gods may be pushed back to December, and The Flash and Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom might go all the way into 2023. Certainly depressing if true. We will keep you updated about any more “date shifts” that might abruptly occur while no one is looking at what Dwayne Johnson is doing. You can never tell.