The Hollywood Reporter reports that a recent test screening of the Dwayne Johnson-led superhero film featured a different post-credits scene. Although no details were provided regarding the footage, the report claims that the scene adds “a new element to Johnson’s role” within the DC Extended Universe.
There is a belief among many fans that the new post-credits sequence is the result of Warner Bros.’ recent merger with Discovery, which has resulted in the cancellation of several high-profile films set in the DCEU. It appears that Black Adam has avoided the company’s axe, but CEO David Zaslav has stated that plans are in place to improve Johnson’s blockbuster as well as several other upcoming films.Zaslav stated, “We have seen The Flash, Black Adam, and Shazam 2. We are very excited about them. We have seen them. We believe they are terrific, and we are confident that we can improve them further.”
The new post-credits scene would confirm statements made by Hiram Garcia and Beau Flynn regarding Johnson’s place within the greater DCEU. Both filmmakers noted that the film will expand upon Warner Bros.’ established cinematic universe in several notable ways. “With Black Adam, we are using him to expand the DC Universe. By using him as our breaking point, we can now introduce the JSA and who knows what other characters will appear next,” Garcia explained.
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According to Johnson, Black Adam will mark the beginning of something much bigger for the DCEU. As Johnson pointed out, “[the San Diego Comic-Con 2022 trailer] is also a reflection of our director’s vision, who wanted to create something that was disruptive and different.” Moreover, he wanted to create a film that would start a pendulum swing within the DC Universe.”
Many fans believe that Henry Cavill’s Superman will make his grand return to the big screen in Black Adam, which introduces the Justice Society of America to the DCEU. The actor was expected to appear at SDCC 2022, but his absence disappointed some audience members. Despite this, Johnson stoked the rumor mill by hinting at some kind of conflict between Teth Adam and Clark Kent. As you know, we are all deeply involved in this mythology, and the age-old question has been “which would win in a fight between Black Adam and Superman?”?” Johnson said. “Pound for pound, they’re pretty close. I suppose it will all depend on who plays Superman.”