Jaume Calle-Serra balanced all the characters in Black Adam to have enough screen time.
The 48-year-old director directed the new DC Extended Universe (DCEU) blockbuster, which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and also explained the challenges of bringing the Justice Society to the big screen in live-action.
Speaking to Collider about his handling of the story, Jaume said, “A lot of it is the experience of doing a lot of action series over the years that I had to cut back because there weren’t enough characters.
“So you really have to think about the character first and what defines the character, and when you know each character and you know their arc, you have to show that through action, not just words. You’re trying to fill the action with these decisions and it becomes a bit of a mystery because what might help one character might not help another character.”
Jaume was grateful that he had enough time to work on the film to ensure that all the characters were well represented.
He explained: “Luckily we had plenty of time. We had a great team of storyboards and artists working on pre-rendering. And we kept working on it until we discovered all the character moments.
“By the time we shot, we pretty much knew what we were doing. There wasn’t a lot of thinking involved, so I think the action sequence looks really good because there wasn’t much left on the studio floor. “
Jaime believes that there is an added intrigue to the film as Rock is playing a character that is different from what he usually portrays.
The Jungle Cruise director said: “That’s the thing, Dwayne is the hero. He was the problem for everyone else in this movie.
“And I think that shift made those movies instantly different and re-energized. You could do things that you might have seen in other movies, but in a completely different way because it’s not your main guy doing it.”