Why Dwayne Johnson Listened To Fan Feedback Making Black Adam

Dwayne Johnson explains why he listened to fan feedback in making Black Adam. The actor plays the titular character in Black Adam, which is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Jungle Cruise) and features a number of new additions to the DCEU. Joining the film in their first live-action feature appearances are Dr. Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell), and Isis (Sarah Shahi), as well as returning DCEU alum Viola Davis, reprising her role as Amanda Waller.

Johnson made his biggest promotion yet for Black Adam at Comic-Con, appearing onstage in costume and debuting a new trailer for the film, which made for an exciting reveal for the fans in attendance and around the world. In addition to Black Adam, a new trailer for Shazam! Fury of the Gods was also revealed, which has more than a few connections to Black Adam. Both films will release within a few months of one another, a shift that in release dates that happened recently and is likely due in part to the interconnections between the two characters, who both garner their powers from the same source.

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While talking to Collider at Comic-Con, Johnson elaborated more about his first foray into the superhero genre with Black Adam. He discussed his influences for the film, which go beyond the Black Adam comic book mythology. Johnson also made sure to pay attention to the fans as well. Check out his comments below:

That's a great question. The mythology of Black Adam and to make sure that we are respectful of the mythology, especially telling the origin story. You want to be authentic to the mythology. The [other] inspiration really is the fans. Because if you really listen to the fans, they will help inform you on where you should go with the story, with your next steps, whether it's a micro-story in terms of your next 10 steps, or if it's macro, and you're thinking about what the Black Adam universe and the DC universe looks like five years from now.

Johnson has been riding high on projects in recent years, particularly with Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Jumanji: The Next Level, Jungle Cruise, and Red Notice, all of which performed well for the actor, leading him to the next big thing, which in this case is Black Adam. Johnson has long stated his dream with Black Adam is to change the hierarchy of the DC Universe, so it's clear he has big plans for the movie. Ideally, Black Adam will be the first of many appearances for the character, and the hope is the film connects with audiences. Johnson's willingness to listen to the fan base should bode well for Black Adam's cinematic future, since early looks at the movie seem to be going over well with audiences. This isn't to say fan feedback should entirely dictate Johnson's creative process, but keeping the viewers in mind and knowing what they'd like to see could help Black Adam achieve its goals.

For a performer that has always relied on his fan-base to illuminate his career, Johnson knows a thing or two about their importance in the projects he chooses. Ever the showman, Johnson is someone that has paid attention to what fans want, as well as what they don't want. While it's not a case of taking a vote or having sit-down meetings with fans, paying attention to their feedback on his projects, particularly with expectation and faithfulness in adapting a character like Black Adam, can make a huge difference.

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Source: Collider



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