When you see Shazam! in theaters, don't expect Black Adam to show up. Jumanji star Dwayne Johnson, who will play Black Adam in an upcoming solo film, confirmed that he will not appear in Shazam!.
"I'm not in that one," Johnson told SyFyWire. "It's Shazam! and Black Adam and, with the way the DC universe works, we should -- in theory -- meet up on the big screen. But who knows."
Johnson had originally signed on in 2014 to play the longtime Shazam antagonist, but it was announced in 2017 that the character would instead get his own film. While a script was being written, Johnson became one of the busiest actors in Hollywood and shows no signs of slowing down, especially with a Jumanji sequel fast-tracked for a December 2019 release.
After revealing that a script had been turned in to Warner Bros. in April for a 2019 production start date, Johnson clarified that the origin film for the iconic DC antihero won’t begin principal photography until at least late 2019. Per his latest comment, however, he hasn't heard anything about a potential crossover between the two archenemies.
Arriving April 5, 2019, Shazam! is directed by David F. Sandberg and stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Zachary Levi as Shazam, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou as an ancient wizard named Shazam, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick “Freddy” Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vázquez and Marta Milans as Rosa Vázquez.