Black Adam’s Atom Smasher Praises Dwayne Johnson After the Sequel’s Pause

Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher in Black Adam

Atom Smasher actor Noah Centineo reflects on his time filming Black Adam and his appreciation for Dwayne Johnson in spearheading the project.

Actor Noah Centineo has fond memories of working on Black Adam, even if the film doesn’t get a sequel.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Centineo discussed his time co-starring as the Justice Society of America’s fresh-faced recruit, Atom Smasher, and what he took away from filming the antihero blockbuster. “I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed four months on a shoot like I did during the filming of that movie,” he said, mentioning his positive experiences with the cast and highlighting co-star Dwayne Johnson. “There were so many of us, and we all just blended together, and everybody was so willing to just befriend one another, and we really became family, and that’s inclusive of Dwayne [Johnson] as well. He set the tone, and not just the cast, but everyone involved in it.”

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“We were constantly going to dinners and spending time with each other,” Centineo continued, “And I will take that with me for the rest of my life, let alone the lessons and working with such iconic and deeply experienced and talented actors, our DP Lawrence Sher, our director [Jaume Collet-Serra], but it was the heart of that film for me that I’ll take with me forever. And I’m so grateful to have been a part of it.”

Black Adam’s Performance and Uncertain Future, Explained

Despite years of buildup from Johnson and a $260 million budget ($80 million just for marketing), Black Adam had a poor box office performance and was estimated to lose Warner Bros. $100 million back in early December, though Johnson disputed these numbers and claimed the movie turned a profit. Other reports have come out about Johnson leaking inaccurate earnings for Black Adam, as well as angering Warner Bros. executives by going over their heads to CEO David Zaslav. Though a sequel seems unlikely based on Black Adam‘s performance, any plans for one have been put on pause after Johnson met with DC Studios’ co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran, the actor later releasing a statement that Black Adam will not be in initial plans for Gunn and Safran’s rebranded DC Universe, but the character may still appear in “future DC Multiverse chapters.”

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Where Noah Centineo Goes Next After Black Adam

As for Centineo, before Black Adam, his first major role was on Freeform’s teen drama The Fosters, taking over the role of Jesus Adams Foster from Seasons 3 through 5. He has since gone on to star in romantic comedies like Sierra Burgess is a Loser, The Perfect Date and the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, but currently stars as CIA lawyer Owen Hendricks in Netflix’s spy-thriller series The Recruit. Though Black Adam producer Hiram Garcia hinted at a DCU future for Centineo’s Atom Smasher back in mid-Nov. 2022, it is unknown what will become of any unannounced plans for the hero in the wake of Black Adam‘s performance and the DC Studios shakeup.

Black Adam is available to stream now on HBO Max.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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