Dwayne Johnson has slammed Warner Bros. Pictures for the decision they took not to bring Henry Cavill back as Superman before the release of Black Adam. He said this in a new tweet which was pretty spicy, I have to say. The Black Adam star posted a video on Twitter in which he discussed how the DC Universe has changed pretty drastically and how he really disagreed with Warner Brothers’ decision not bring Cavill back as Superman after the release of Justice League way back in 2017.
Sayin’ thank ya so much from my ol’ pick up truck for all the amazing #BlackAdam support and reactions
#1 movie on iTunes 🔥
We’ll remain in theaters as well throughout the holidays 🎅🏾⚡️
Also wanted to give ya some #Superman info 👊🏾
Happy 🦃🍿 pic.twitter.com/WyGa49J7Dr
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 23, 2022
There has been a lot of talk about Henry Cavill coming back as Superman in the DC Universe. We were actually informed not too long ago that Warner Bros Discovery and DC Studios are planning on bringing Cavill’s Superman back in a very big way. This was teased by Cavill himself in a video he posted on Instagram after the release of Black Adam.
Dwayne Johnson slams Warner Bros. Pictures
So, let’s go into what Dwayne Johnson had to say about Warner Bros. Pictures’ decision not to bring Cavill’s Superman back before now. The Black Adam star first pointed out “[they] established Black Adam… [and] the Justice Society,” two things that most people had never heard of before:
When I talk about ‘the hierarchy of power in the DC universe has changed,’ [it’s] changed in a few ways. Number one: we established Black Adam around the world as the most powerful and dominant, unstoppable force in the DC universe. That is a fact. And we established the Justice Society around the world too. And keep in mind, noone– if you were not a hardcore comic book fan, noone heard of Black Adam or the Justice Society.
This was for the hardcore comic book fans
The Rock then went on to admit that, of course, “hardcore comic book fans” were on their side, which he appreciates “to the bone.” The actor and producer also pointed out that they wanted to establish Black Adam “as the most powerful, unstoppable force in the DCU Universe.” This meant that they really had to bring in the most powerful being in any universe in the DCU – i.e. Superman. Here’s what he had to say on the matter:
The hardcore comic book fans, we got the love, we got your love, we got your loyalty, and I appreciate that to the bone. But the rest of the world had no idea who Black Adam was, so we’re establishing the brand. And something else that we’re establishing is… so, two things. If we’re gonna establish Black Adam as the most powerful, unstoppable force in the DC universe, we have to bring back the most powerful, unstoppable force of all time in any universe.
They needed to bring in Henry Cavill’s Superman
As mentioned about, this “unstoppable force of all time in any universe” was Henry Cavill’s Superman. He ended up appearing in the DC Universe in Black Adam after a long forced sabbatical from the DC Universe. This is something that Johnson called “inexplicab[le] and inexcusab[le]”. Here’s what he said on the matter:
And you guys know who I’m talking about. Of course, that is Superman, and that’s Henry Cavill. And at the end of the day, the studio was not bringing Henry Cavill back, inexplicably and inexcusably. But we weren’t going to take no for an answer. Myself, my Seven Bucks co-founder and chairwoman, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, our Seven Bucks president. This has been years in the making regarding bringing Henry Cavill back. And years of strategic conversations and we were not gonna take no for an answer.
The Hollywood movie star went on to add that there was absolutely no way to “build out the DC universe without the power powerful force and the great superhero of all time” on board, which is why the actor fought so hard for Cavill’s return. Here’s what The Rock had to say about all of that:
And also, something else to think about is, for us, there was no way, there’s no viable, logical way that you can attempt to build out the DC universe without the most powerful force and the greatest superhero of all time sitting on the sidelines. It’s impossible to do. You can Venn diagram, business-wise, this whole thing 90 different times. But it all comes back to, ‘Where’s Superman?’ You have to have Superman in the mix. So that’s why we fought hard to bring Superman back, Henry Cavill.
There’s only one Superman!
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Johnson then went on to reveal how another Superman was never considered and that “Henry Cavill is our generation’s Superman”. Here’s what he said:
And there was no other Superman, by the way, to bring back. Henry Cavill is our generation’s Superman and, in my opinion, the greatest Superman. And I mean that respectfully to the other actors, especially Christopher Reeve. But the greatest Superman of all time. So again, bringing Henry back, now we build out the DC universe properly, strategically, smartly. Again, the hierarchy of power in the DC universe has changed. And of course, we have new leadership at DC and at Warner Bros. Again, the hierarchy of power in the DC universe has changed. So, it’s a new era in the DC universe.
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