The first look at director Jaume Collet-Serra’s “Black Adam” was revealed during the DC FanDome virtual event on Saturday, giving “Shazam!” fans an early glimpse at this spinoff starring Dwayne “The Rock Johnson” as that character’s arch-nemesis. The film also stars Noah Centineo, Aldis Hodge, Sarah Shahi, Quintessa Swindell, and Pierce Brosnan. Watch below.
Johnson stars as the title character, also known as Teth-Adam, who hails from the land of Kahndaq, where he was imprisoned for 5,000 years. He now shares his powers with an ancient wizard. Centineo plays Atom Smasher, a member of the Justice Society of America with the power to control his molecular structure and manipulate his own size and strength. Hodge plays Hawkman, an archaeologist who also happens to be the reincarnation of an Egyptian prince, and who can fly using metal wings. He is also the leader of the Justice Society of America.
Warner Bros. is set to release “Black Adam” in theaters on July 29, 2022. No word yet if the film will also debut day and date on HBO Max, as has been the case with the studio’s 2021 slate. The movie shot in April through August 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as Los Angeles. It’s now in post-production, as Johnson revealed during DC FanDome.
It arrives as the spinoff of the cult favorite 2019 superhero movie “Shazam!,” also the spawn of the DC Extended Universe. That film has its own sequel, “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” coming up in 2023.
“Black Adam” is based on the characters created by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck. Further creative talent on the film includes cinematographer Lawrence Sher, and producers Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, and Beau Flynn.
Dwayne Johnson is getting ready to make his superhero debut.
The Jungle Cruise star appeared at the DC FanDome on Saturday, October 16 to tease the first look at his upcoming comic book film Black Adam, in which he plays the titular character. In the caption of a video from the event he shared on Instagram, Johnson wrote, “He is ruthless. He is unstoppable. He is the reason the hierarchy of power .
Johnson also shared a short scene from the upcoming movie, which is still in post-production, announcing, “This is the kind of project that comes around once in a lifetime. And the truth is, I was born to play Black Adam.”
While Black Adam has been both a supervillain and a superhero
Jaume Collet-Serra had a vision for The Rock as Black Adam, saying, “Having just done a romantic adventure comedy where he’s very light, I was really attracted to getting the dark version of Dwayne. Basically, turning him into Clint Eastwood in a Western. I was like, ‘You’re like the Dirty Harry of superheroes.’ I didn’t have to convince people that I was right for this one in the same way that I did for Jungle Cruise. It’s like things I’ve done with Liam [Neeson], that tough-guy antihero who has a heart. The world is not black and white. The world is in gray areas, so you need these people that are riding that gray area.”
Black Adam stars Dwayne Johnson as the titular character. Black Adam derives his abilities from Egyptian gods. Additional actors in the project include Aldis Hodge (Underground, The Invisible Man) as Hawkman, Noah Centineo (To All the Boys I Love Before, Charlie’s Angels) as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell (Trinkets, Euphoria) as Cyclone, Sarah Shahi (The L Word, Sex/Life) as Adrianna Tomaz, and Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye, Mamma Mia!) as Doctor Fate.
Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam has finally come to life.
Johnson started circling the roles of both Black Adam and Shazam! as early as 2007, as the prospect of a feature adaptation bounced through various hands at Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema. By 2014, Johnson signed up to play Black Adam in a “Shazam!” movie, but by 2017, the studio elected to spin off the character into his own franchise, with Zachary Levi headlining 2019’s “Shazam!”
That same year, Jaume Collet-Serra, who directed Johnson in Disney’s hit film “Jungle Cruise,” signed on to helm “Black Adam,” from a script by Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani and Adam Sztykiel. After the pandemic shutdown, Johnson shot the film earlier this year.