Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been ready to play Black Adam since late 2014, but rather than debut in Shazam, it's rumored that the black-garbed, lightning bolt-adorned antagonist will first appear in one of the DC Extended Universe's ensemble pieces. Last week it was reported that Black Adam will show up in Suicide Squad 2 as a weapon of mass destruction who the team is forced to take out. Assuming this information is legitimate, it sets up an interesting scenario for the officially-designated Task Force X in their next appearance.

While we're still eagerly awaiting the day when Black Adam battles Shazam in a theatrical setting, using the former, magically-charged character as Suicide Squad 2's villain would be an excellent decision from director Gavin O'Connor, writer Adam Cozad and the rest of the creative team. Here are some of the reasons why we're hoping the man once known as Teth-Adam will do battle with this group of government-sanctioned super villain operatives.

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It Sets Up The Black Adam Movie

Let's get the obvious reason out of the way. While Black Adam's movie is one of the many DCEU movies that's unscheduled. the character's possible inclusion in Suicide Squad 2 suggests that DC and Warner Bros want to release his cinematic adventure sooner rather than later. The Shazam mythology will officially be introduced to the big screen in early 2019 with the Shazam movie. Originally the World's Mightiest Mortal was supposed to clash with Black Adam in that movie, but those plans were scrapped, and their conflict will be saved for another time. Nevertheless, Shazam could pave the way for Black Adam's introduction in Suicide Squad 2, and that sequel subsequently gets moviegoers prepared for Black Adam's solo outing, whether it's a prequel origin story or takes place after his confrontation with the Squad.

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