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Black Adam’s True Failure Confirmed

Warning: This article discusses potential SPOILERS for Fast X.

Black Adam’s failure is confirmed, as Dwayne Johnson is returning to Fast and Furious. In shocking news, The Rock’s return as Hobbs in Fast X has been confirmed. The reported extent of Johnson’s role in Fast X suggests that Hobbs will also return in Fast X Part 2, meaning that The Rock is officially part of the Fast and Furious family again. Dwayne Johnson’s return to Fast and Furious in Fast X comes seven months after Black Adam premiered, offering an insight into how much of a failure the DC anti-hero film was.

Dwayne Johnson played Luke Hobbs for the first time in Fast Five (2011). Hobbs was introduced as the most formidable adversary Dominic Toretto’s family could face, but the antagonist eventually teamed up with Toretto. Johnson reprised his role as Hobbs in Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7, The Fate of the Furious, and Hobbs & Shaw. After exiting Fast and Furious, The Rock had in Black Adam a potential new franchise.

What Went Wrong With Black Adam
dwayne johnson as black adam

A Black Adam project starring Dwayne Johnson had been in the making since 2007. Between The Rock’s first time discussing the role back then and the release of Black Adam in 2022, DC Films went through multiple, massive changes. Instead of a standalone project in the style of the Batman and Superman films, Black Adam had the chance of being part of a cinematic universe. Interestingly, a Shazam movie had been part of the DCEU’s slate since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was in the making. Therefore, Black Adam could have joined the DCEU quite early. However, Black Adam premiered in a very different context, promising a new DC franchise.

Despite being part of the DCEU, Black Adam was described by Dwayne Johnson as “phase 1” of a new chapter in the DC Universe. Therefore, Black Adam had the difficult mission of turning an obscure DC villain into the star of a new cinematic franchise. With no direct ties to Shazam!, Black Adam was an anti-hero origin story that set up potential sequels and spinoffs. The result, however, was an ordinary superhero adventure. There was nothing particularly innovative about Black Adam, and the most interesting things about the character were lost to make Black Adam into a superhero. Black Adam’s Rotten Tomatoes score currently stands at 38%.

Black Adam Bombed At The Box Office
Black Adam made $393,3 million at the box office. Reports of Black Adam’s budget were conflicting, but they fell in the $190 – $265 million range. Despite the conflicting reports on whether Black Adam made any profit, the Dwayne Johnson-led superhero film was a massive box-office disappointment. Black Adam was not expected to make a billion, but its $393,3 million box office made any sequels or spinoffs impossible. As a comparison, Shazam! (2019) grossed $367,7 million on a $100 million budget.

Black Adam was also a financial disappointment in terms of Dwayne Johnson’s career. The Rock’s highest-grossing movies include Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious, both of which broke the billion-dollar barrier. Likewise, the two most recent Jumanji films made more than $1.7 billion combined. Other Dwayne Johnson hits include Fast & Furious 6, Hobbs & Shaw, and Moana, all of which grossed more than $600 million at the box office each. As such, both in terms of the DCEU and in terms of The Rock’s career, Black Adam bombed at the box office.

Black Adam Failed To Revive The DCEU & Superman
Black Adam sitting on his throne on left with henry cavill's superman on right

Black Adam is a Shazam villain, but the Black Adam movie was expected to feature Superman. That is because Dwayne Johnson had been teasing a fight between Black Adam and Superman for years, although a Superman cameo in Black Adam was never officially announced. The Rock was even booed at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 after suggesting that Black Adam could eventually fight a different Superman from Henry Cavill. The inclusion of Henry Cavill’s Superman in Black Adam was turbulent, as confirmed by Dwayne Johnson himself. Still, behind-the-scenes controversies aside, Black Adam failed to revive Henry Cavill’s Superman and the DCEU as a whole.

DC Studios’ New DC Universe Made Black Adam’s Failure Even Worse
The announcement that James Gunn and Peter Safran would build a new DC cinematic universe shortly after Dwayne Johnson described Black Adam as “phase 1” of the DC Universe made things quite complicated. Gunn and Safran’s DC Studios plans seemed to have nothing to do with what Johnson was planning for Black Adam, Superman, and the Justice Society. Gunn’s new DC Universe was rebooting Superman and recasting the role, which only made Black Adam’s failure worse. After promising a new DC Universe and revisiting Henry Cavill’s Superman, Dwayne Johnson had to announce that Black Adam was not part of James Gunn’s DC Universe plans.

The Rock Going Back To Fast and Furious Confirms Black Adam’s Failure
Black Adam Hobbs Fast and furious the Rock

The Rock returning to Fast and Furious is surprising, and it confirms how much of a failure Black Adam was. It is very difficult to imagine that, had Black Adam been a hit, Johnson would be interested in returning to the Fast and Furious franchise. The Rock’s final Fast and Furious movie was 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, not considering his return as Hobbs in the spinoff film Hobbs & Shaw. The Rock missed F9, Hobbs & Shaw 2 never happened, and Fast X wrapped filming without any reports of Dwayne Johnson returning as Hobbs.

Dwayne Johnson produced Black Adam and surely had high hopes for the DC film. Essentially, Black Adam’s box office flop and the embarrassing situation involving the return of Henry Cavill as Superman right before a reboot risked affecting The Rock’s career. Other recent Dwayne Johnson-led films had also resulted in underwhelming box office runs, and Black Adam was the chance of giving The Rock a new, massive hit. The Rock’s return to Fast and Furious makes sense from a business standpoint, as Hobbs remains Dwayne Johnson’s highest-grossing character.

Dwayne Johnson vs Vin Diesel Feud Meant Hobbs Leaving Fast & Furious
The timeline of The Rock and Vin Diesel’s feud helps explain why Hobbs left Fast and Furious. Rumors of a feud between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel began in 2016, claiming that the stars clashed during the making of The Fate of Furious. This clash between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel was all but confirmed when the latter suggested that there was some tension in the Fast and Furious family. On November 2016, The Rock confirmed his clash with Vin Diesel, followed by Diesel’s acknowledgment of their feud in April 2017.

The Fate of the Furious went on to become the second highest-grossing Fast and Furious movie of all time, only behind Furious 7. However, a few months after The Fate of the Furious premiered, Dwayne Johnson announced a Fast and Furious spinoff centered on his character, Hobbs, and Jason Statham’s Shaw. Hobbs & Shaw was the first attempt at a Fast and Furious spinoff, adding to the idea that The Rock was exiting the “Fast and Furious family.” Dwayne Johnson would then confirm his absence from F9, which seemed like the end for Hobbs in the main Fast and Furious films.

Hobbs & Shaw Was The Rock’s Way Of Continuing Fast & Furious, But Was It Successful?
Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in the rain in Hobbs and Shaw

The Rock was not going to return for F9, but Hobbs & Shaw gave the star a way of continuing Fast and Furious without Vin Diesel. The chemistry between Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Shaw, which The Fate of the Furious leaned heavily into, was the spinoff’s biggest selling point. Hobbs & Shaw grossed $760,7 million on a $200 million budget, a solid result for a spinoff film. Even still, Hobbs & Shaw made less than Furious 7, The Fate of the Furious, and Fast & Furious 6. A Hobbs & Shaw sequel was never announced, and the ideal timing for Hobbs & Shaw 2 might already have passed.

The Rock Coming Back In Fast X Means Fast & Furious Is His Only Real Franchise
The Rock is one of the world’s biggest action stars, but Hobbs’s return in Fast X means that Fast and Furious is his only real, established franchise. Since his exit from Fast and Furious, The Rock has tried to launch a few different movie IPs. That includes Rampage, Baywatch: S.O.S Malibu, Red Alert, Jungle Cruise, and Black Adam. However, none of those came close to matching Fast and Furious’ success. The only exception is the Jumanji films, The Rock’s two most successful projects after Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious. Even still, more than three years after Jumanji: The Next Level, Jumanji 4 has yet to happen.

What Hobbs’ Return In Fast X Means For The Fast and Furious Franchise
The Rock as Hobbs and the Fast X cast

Hobb’s return in Fast X means that the Fast and Furious finale can be the epic conclusion Vin Diesel has been teasing for years. Fast and Furious does not need The Rock to work, as F9’s strong box office for a pandemic context showed, but the films feel bigger with Hobbs in it. A Fast and Furious finale without Hobbs would feel incomplete, as The Rock’s character had been part of the franchise since Fast Five. Without Paul Walker’s Brian, the Fast and Furious films became way too focused on Dominic Toretto. The Rock’s return as Hobbs in Fast X solves that issue and teases an ambitious next installment.

Fast X will lead into at least one more Fast and Furious movie, although Vin Diesel recently teased Fast & Furious 12. Either way, the inclusion of Dwayne Johnson in Fast X, regardless of the extent of his role, means that Fast and Furious will go all-in for the finale. Fast X Part 2 could have the biggest ensemble cast in the history of the Fast and Furious franchise, combining classic characters such as Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto and Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs with new additions such as John Cena’s Jakob Toretto and Brie Larson’s Tess.

Does Hobbs’ Return In Fast X Mean The End Of The Rock & Vin Diesel’s Feud?
The circumstances leading up to Dwayne Johnson’s return as Hobbs in Fast X are still unknown. As of the writing of this article, neither The Rock nor Vin Diesel has discussed Hobbs’ return in Fast X. That said, The Rock’s return to the Fast and Furious franchise suggests that he and Vin Diesel are at least up to working together again. The Fate of the Furious kept Hobbs and Dom separate for the most part, so it will be interesting to see how Fast X Part 2 handles The Rock’s return.

Why The Rock’s Hobbs Return In Fast X Is Good For Fast & Furious
The Rock did not save Fast and Furious, but the actor did help improve the franchise. Hobbs debuted in Fast Five, a movie that expanded the scope of the Fast and Furious franchise and turned it into an action saga. Without The Rock’s Hobbs, Fast Five might not have worked as well as it did. Without Fast Five being a hit, the Fast and Furious saga might have never become such a box office titan. Fast and Furious thrives on its large set of fun, entertaining characters, to which The Rock’s Hobbs can only add. Lastly, Hobbs’ return in Fast X after Black Adam makes Fast X Part 2 less predictable and more exciting.

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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

Related 10 Most Exciting Things To Expect From Fast 11 Fast & Furious 11 will pull all the strings to become bigger than the previous installments, and here is why the film is worth being excited about.

On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

Related Vin Diesel May Have Spoiled Fast & Furious 11’s Ending With $2.7 Billion Movie Comparison Dom’s death happening in Fast & Furious 11 may have been spoiled already, with Vin Diesel comparing the upcoming movie to another big franchise.

Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

2:34 Image 147 Related Predicting The Ending Of All 13 Fast & Furious Characters In Fast 11 The Fast Saga is set to conclude with Fast & Furious 11 – or Fast X 2 – but how will Dom Toretto and his family’s stories come to a definitive end?

Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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