Warner Bros. executives reportedly weren’t happy with Dwayne Johnson’s promotion of DC League of Super-Pets after he pushed for a producing credit.
Warner Bros. executives reportedly weren’t thrilled with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s promotion of DC League of Super-Pets.
Per Variety, an anonymous insider claims that the relationship between Johnson and WB turned sour after the wrestler-turned-actor convinced the entertainment studio to give him a producing credit on DC League of Super-Pets, which hit theaters in July last year. Despite him pushing for the credit, however, the actor supposedly did very little to promote the animated film, earning the ire of studio execs. “His demands increased and the returns just weren’t there,” another insider said.
Johnson’s perceived lack of promotion is not the only thing that has apparently caused his relationship with WB to break down. Sources say that Johnson sought to control part of DC Studios following the conclusion of the Warner Bros. Discovery merger in April. He reportedly made a direct pitch to CEO David Zaslav that outlined a multi-year plan for Black Adam and Henry Cavill’s Superman, which would eventually lead to a showdown between the two characters. Despite the pitch being made during the power vacuum formed by the exits of former DC head Walter Hamada and WB film chief Toby Emmerich, Johnson’s actions were not positively received by many in the studio. “Dwayne went around everyone, which didn’t sit well,” one source stated.
Nevertheless, a Black Adam film was ultimately agreed upon, and the action blockbuster made its theatrical debut in October last year. However, many have labeled the film as a box-office bomb, as it only earned $391 million worldwide haul against a $195 budget plus $40 million in reshoots, dashing hopes for another appearance by the lightning bolt-wearing antihero. On top of this, Johnson reportedly pushed for a tequila bar featuring his Teremana brand to be available at the New York premiere of Black Adam, despite the movie’s PG-13 rating.
DC League of Super-Pets Is on HBO Max
Based on the DC Comics superhero team Legion of Super-Pets, DC League of Super-Pets follows Superman’s pet dog Krypto (Johnson) and shelter dog Ace (Kevin Hart) as they form a group to save a number of superheroes captured by the nefarious Lex Luthor (Marc Maron) and Lulu (Kate McKinnon), an evil hairless guinea pig with the powers of flight and telekinesis. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its script, humor, animation and performances by the cast.
DC League of Super-Pets can be streamed on HBO Max. Black Adam is also available on the streaming service.