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‘Black Adam’ | Isabela Merced, Kathryn Newton, Leslie Grace and the actresses who were ALMOST in the DC hit



As star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson announced, the “hierarchy of power” has indeed changed. But not only among the characters of the DC universe on the big screen, but among the most successful films at the box office in 2022. Having premiered between October 19 and 21 in several countries around the world, such as the United States , Brazil and Europe, Black Adam has been in theaters for less than 3 weeks, but it was enough to become the 11th highest-grossing film of 2022. Thanks to the affection of fans, how the star and performer of the main character never tires of uttering. It’s safe to say that the blockbuster still has a long history of success and its numbers are expected to increase soon, with the promise of displacing some of the popular films from earlier in the year, such as Uncharted – Off the Map, Sonic 2 and Fan-tas-tic. Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets.

This success with audiences arguably paved the way for more insertions of the antihero character in film, perhaps joining him in a single film starring iconic heroes such as Shazam and Superman. All it took was 15 years of development. That’s right, Black Adam was given the green light in 2007 and spent all that time going through the most varied forms, until finally becoming the movie we have in theaters today. With a budget of $195 million, the film grossed $319.6 million worldwide in its first two weeks and is hungry for “power,” aiming to expand even further. In this period of 15 years, a lot has happened, but one certainty was immutable: Dwayne Johnson would be the character of the cinema! On the other hand, pretty much every other character would have different faces than they ended up having.

With this in mind, we bring here in this new article the ACTRESS who almost starred with The Rock and was part of Adão Negro. Check.

Speaking of canceled DC superhero movies, no one knows this topic more intimately these days than rising young star Leslie Grace. The 27-year-old actress was best known for her singing career, until she landed the role of Nina, in the film version of the Broadway play, In a New York City Neighborhood, in 2021. of Lin-Manuel Miranda, is Of course, it required singing talent, so Leslie Grace turned out to be the perfect choice. It is precisely because of the success of such a musical that she will soon take on the role of Barbara Gordon, the protagonist of Batgirl’s solo film. After indecision on whether the film would be released in theaters or streamed on HBO Max, the work was ultimately shelved once ready, which personally affected everyone involved, including and perhaps primarily the protagonist Grace. Before living in the Batman partnership, however, Grace was considered for the role of Cyclone, Adam Black’s heroine, who ended up in the form of the beautiful Quintessa Swindell.

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When filmmakers are in the process of choosing an actor for a role, they are often concerned with the age range and whether a given performer fits physical specifications. Of course, a lot depends on what you’re looking for in a character. Often the race of an actor or actress may not be very relevant to a role. This is what we can think of the choice of Cyclone, the heroic alter-ego of Maxine Hunkel, who in the comics is a Caucasian and red-haired character. And perhaps following this version Kathryn Newton, 25, best known for her leading role in the “terrifying” Freaky – In the body of an assassin (2020), was chosen for the role. Newton didn’t stay with the character, but soon after took on the role of Cassie Lang in rival Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which will be released in early 2023. Other than that, he’s also confirmed in the next two Avengers films, starting in 2025. A curiosity is that Newton is the same age and was born on the same day as Quintessa Swindell, the actress who landed the role in Black Adam.

Speaking of Hawkman, or just Hawkman in the original (“Homem Gavião”), at some point in the Adão Negro storyline, another classic character would appear. It was Hawkgirl, a warrior of the same race as the hero, who replaced him on certain occasions throughout the creation of the characters – as, for example, in the animated series of Justice League in the 2000s. Version of the storyline the priority was for Hawkgirl to take the place, or if the two appeared on screen together. What we do know is that the interpreter of the character had for favorite the Mexican Eiza González, actress who collects successful action films, see Em Pace de Fuga, Alita – Anjo de Combate, Hobbs & Shaw , Bloodshot, Godzilla vs. Kong and the recent Ambulance – A Day of Crime. Unfortunately, the character ended up being cut from the final script.

Another actress who is having the best moment of her career, the Iranian Nazanin Boniadi has already acted in films such as The Attack on the Taj Mahal Hotel (2018) and Le Scandale (2019), and series such as Homeland (2013) . Currently, however, he hit the jackpot when he landed the role of Bronwyn in the Amazon Prime Video series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, simply the most expensive TV show of all time. Boniadi, however, would be even more popular, since initially she was also hired for the role of rebel Adrianna Tomaz in Adão Negro. For some reason, the Iranian ended up being replaced in the role by the American daughter of Iranian parents, Sarah Shahi, star of Double Target (2013) – in which Sylvester Stallone’s daughter lived – and the Netflix erotic series , Sex / Life (2021 ).

Miss Isabela Merced is no stranger to blockbuster blockbuster productions. The American, of Peruvian mother, is 21 years old and has starred in films such as Transformers: The Last Knight, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Suddenly a Family, Dora and the Lost City, Family Justice, Father of the Bride and the recent Rosaline. She also has a singing career and changed her surname from Moner to Merced to honor her grandmother. Isabela was one of the finalists for the role of the heroine Cyclone, which ended up in the hands of Quintessa Swindell. But there are heroes and heroines for everyone and the actress need not worry. Soon after, Merced landed a spot as Anya Corazon, the Spidergirl in the upcoming Sony/Marvel blockbuster Madame Web, which will be released in 2024.

Closing out the list of actresses who were almost in the Adão Negro blockbuster, we now have Alexandra Shipp, a 31-year-old who is also no stranger to moviegoers and moviegoers. One of her early highlights was in the Lifetime TV movie about late singer Aaliyah, where she played the protagonist in A Princesa do R&B (2014). After that, he directed the acclaimed drama Straight Outta Compton (2015), the teen comedies Love Simon (2018) and Dude (2018), the terrifying Tragedy Girls (2017) and Asking for It (2021), and was recently Oscar-nominated Tick Tick Boom (2021), a musical that marked Lin-Manuel Miranda’s directorial debut. But as everyone also knows, Shipp landed the role of Marvel’s mutant Storm in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse while the property was still owned by 20th Century Fox. She would reprise the role in 2019’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Too bad such movies are two of the most hated in the mutant franchise, which ended up eclipsing the promising actress’ brilliance in the role (who now has to be recast in the hands of Marvel). Shipp was one of the actresses considered for the role of Cyclone, possibly due to the character’s similarity to her Marvel counterpart, the aforementioned Storm. By the way, it is said that the heroes presented in Adam black sound too much like those of Marvel. But that’s how the two “rival” publishers are known for their counterparts in the heroes and villains collection.

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