Black Adam: Although fans of comic book films are eagerly expecting the coming of a new wave of super-powered toughs to theaters around the world, one character, in particular, has DCEU fans more riled up than others.
Fact, he was originally a supervillain, but in his solo feature, he appears to be leaning more toward his anti-hero instincts. Black Adam is one of the most powerful beings in the DC comics universe.
Fans of the Black Adam comics are preparing for one of DC’s biggest not-quite-bad to upend the superhero hierarchy with his independent picture, as we’ll have to wait a little longer to see Shazam and Black Adam clash on the big screen. Here’s all we know about DC’s impending “Black Adam” film.
Black Adam Plot
While we know who will appear opposite Mr. Rock in the “Black Adam” film, we know very little about the plot, as DC and Warner Bros. have been incredibly tight-lipped about this aspect of the project.
Even though we don’t know what Team DC has in store for the film, there are a few things we may glean ahead of any official story announcements. To begin with, “Black Adam” will be the character’s debut appearance in the DCEU.
As such, it’s plausible to assume that the movie will act as a sort of origin story. Johnson revealed the film’s opening scene at the 2021 DC Fandome event, and in that video, Black Adam is already a well-known superhuman in the film’s fictitious world.
So, while this footage implies that the film would begin with Black Adam’s rebirth, it’s also feasible that the film could go back in time after the opening sequence to illustrate how the character came to be.
Johnson says he’ll emphasize the anti-hero part of Black Adam’s story throughout the film rather than his evil impulses. Moreover, he may even be pushing the character into hero territory, which should make for an intriguing fight when he finally confronts Shazam — or, dare we say, Superman — on the big screen.
Black Adam Cast
Now, about that megastar we mentioned: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will star in in the movie, but we’re sure you already knew that because, well, Mr. Johnson has been quite public about his desire to play the role since it was first floated in 2014.
The poor attempts by DC and Warner Bros. to catch up in the universe-building approach hindered the creation of several other DC publications, notably Johnson’s “Black Adam.”
Johnson will now be able to introduce “Black Adam” to comic-book lovers everywhere now that the DCEU has established its feet with hits like “Wonder Woman,” “Aquaman,” and “Shazam!” Johnson has been teasing fans on Instagram about getting into fighting form for the film since his casting was confirmed. And, yes, it appears he’ll be getting an even buffer for the project.
Although the two characters are recurring antagonists, Warner Bros. has no plans to include Zachary Levi’s Billy Batson-slash-Shazam in the mix just yet — and Levi himself has claimed that the two rivals would most likely not clash until “Shazam 3.”
Johnson is accompanied by an ensemble cast that includes well-known actors and newcomers.
The movie will star Noah Centineo as the heroic Atom Smasher, Pierce Brosnan as Justice Society of America member Dr. Fate, Aldis Hodge as team leader Hawkman, Quintessa Swindell as tornado-based hero Cyclone, and Sarah Shahi as a significant comic book character named Adrianna Tomaz, according to the most recent casting announcement (via Deadline).
Another unnamed actor is “Young Rock” star Uli Latukefu, who will play a character yet to be revealed.
Black Adam Release Date
Before all you DC superfans get too excited about the villain-slash-huge anti-hero’s big-screen debut, we should tell you that you’ll have to wait a little longer to see the film.
Despite the fact that DC has been planning the character’s big-screen debut for quite some time, the road to a theatrical release has been lengthy and winding.
This is mostly due to the DCEU revising their approach to their cinematic universe in the aftermath of “Justice League,” which was a colossal disappointment. A DC official believed Black Adam was wealthy enough to have his film. It was also due to DC’s desire to issue “Shazam!” before presenting the hero’s arch adversary.
The film was originally scheduled to hit theaters on December 22, 2021, as a nice holiday gift for DC fans everywhere. Of course, as with many other large and small entertainment firms, the COVID-19 outbreak pushed back the filming schedule significantly, resulting in a new release date of July 29, 2022.
In March, the film’s megastar revealed that “Black Adam” had been rescheduled as part of Warner Bros.’ broader postponement of its upcoming blockbuster film release dates. “Black Adam” will now be released in theaters on October 21, 2022.
Black Adam Trailer
The opening scene for the movie,” which Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson revealed at the DC Fandome event, is the closest thing to a trailer right now. While the introduction is brief, it is preceded by concept art, cast interviews, behind-the-scenes video, and a few out-of-context pieces that convey some sense of the film’s visual aesthetic.