Black Adam Actor Dwayne Johnson called entertainment company IGN after the site released box-office figures comparing the star’s DC epic to him Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Since Black Adam Released back in October, Johnson has offered his opinion many times when asked to compare Warner Bros.’ DCU to Marvel Studios’ MCU.
So far, the WWE Superstar-turned-Hollywood giant has stayed pretty polite when those kinds of comparisons have arisen, saying things like “there is no ‘war'” Brewing between the two companies as the DCU goes through regime change.
However, just like in his wrestling days, Johnson has been known to snap from time to time, and that’s exactly the case here as he challenges IGN to another MCU/DCU comparison.
Dwayne Johnson defends Black Adam
Dwayne Johnson, star of this fall’s DC epic Black Adamcalled out IGN for a social post from the entertainment company comparing his latest film to Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The IGN post in question shared a graphic noting this Black Panther: Wakanda Forever had already surpassed Black AdamTotal box office in just two weeks:
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has grossed over $400 million at the global box office, making it the highest-grossing superhero film to be released this fall. Black Adam, which came out in October, has grossed $353 million at the global box office.”
Johnson answeredsaying “[he loves] in a Competition”, but don’t see how Black Adam can compare Black Panther, what the Wakandan MCU franchise is like “established global brand”, while the general public was unfamiliar with Black Adam and the Justice Society of America until recently:
“IGN What a neutral post. I love to compete but IGN you guys are in our business there is no competition with established global brand Black Panther compared to Black Adam & JSA who nobody heard of a year ago. No need to pat us, we’re newborn babies and need to grow”
Does Dwayne Johnson have a point here?
Dwayne Johnson may be right about that Black Adam is a fairly new feature for general audiences, so maybe the film’s box office results weren’t the best, but that doesn’t give it the right to call an outlet that only covers the news.
If Johnson’s DC epic didn’t set the world on fire because people didn’t know the IP that well, then what would he have to say about the original Black Panther?
Sure, the character received a little prep before stepping into this 2018 MCU blockbuster, but he was still an unknown relative to most. Despite this, the original film grossed more than $1 billion at the box office, making it one of the biggest MCU films to date.
Perhaps if Johnson’s long-running DCU debut had been an overall better film, it would have had the legs of something like this Wakanda forever.
It all comes across as very small Black Adam Star. For a guy who’s touted that he doesn’t think of any competition between Marvel and DC, this tweet certainly feels like it does.
Both Black Adam and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever are now in cinemas worldwide.