Everything You Need To Know About Black Adam: Dwayne Johnson's Superhero Movie Debut

24 August 2020
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DC has unveiled the first art and story details for Black Adam, a standalone movie of the foe of Shazam

It’s strange to think that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hasn’t been cast in a superhero movie. When most require actors to embark on an ambitious gym routine in an effort to bulk up so as to wear the costume/suit with pride – a task aided largely thanks to CGI adding bulge to lacking biceps – it goes without saying that Johnson already has a superhero-like physique. With his gym-honed body, he towers over everyday citizens while his muscles seem super-human.

Perhaps realising they could save money by casting the actor in such a role, Johnson will now get his superhero debut come December 2021 in the film, Black Adam.

Announcing the role on Instagram, Johnson revealed that he would play the role in a standalone movie. The post was accompanied with an illustration of how he might look as the character who, as fans will know, was created by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck and serves as the enemy of Shazam.

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Johnson wrote, “Like most kids growing up, I dreamed about being a superhero. Having cool superpowers, fighting for what’s right, and always protecting the people. It all changed for me, when I was 10yrs old and was first introduced to the greatest superhero of all time – SUPERMAN. As a kid, Superman was the hero I always wanted to be.”

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The Man in Black ⚡️ Like most kids growing up, I dreamed about being a superhero. Having cool superpowers, fighting for what’s right and always protecting the people. It all changed for me, when I was 10yrs old and was first introduced to the greatest superhero of all time - SUPERMAN. As a kid, Superman was the hero I always wanted to be. But, a few years into my fantasy, I realized that Superman was the hero, I could never be. I was too rebellious. Too rambunctious. Too resistant to convention and authority. Despite my troubles, I was still a good kid with a good heart - I just liked to do things my way. Now, years later as a man, with the same DNA I had as a kid - my superhero dreams have come true. I’m honored to join the iconic #DCUniverse and it’s a true pleasure to become, BLACK ADAM. BLACK ADAM is blessed by magic with the powers equal to SUPERMAN, but the difference is he doesn’t toe the mark or walk the line. He’s a rebellious, one of a kind superhero, who’ll always do what’s right for the people - but he does it his way. Truth and justice - the BLACK ADAM way. This role is unlike any other I’ve ever played in my career and I’m grateful to the bone we’ll all go on this journey together. BLACK ADAM 12.22.21Huge thank you to my friends, @jimlee and @bosslogic for this first time ever bad ass collaboration.

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“But, a few years into my fantasy, I realised that Superman was the hero, I could never be. I was too rebellious. Too rambunctious. Too resistant to convention and authority,” he wrote. “Despite my troubles, I was still a good kid with a good heart – I just liked to do things my way. Now, years later as a man, with the same DNA I had as a kid – my superhero dreams have come true. I’m honoured to join the iconic #DCUniverse and it’s a true pleasure to become, BLACK ADAM.”

As Johnson explained in a Men's Health feature last year, "BLACK ADAM is blessed by magic with the powers equal to SUPERMAN, but the difference is he doesn’t toe the mark or walk the line. He’s a rebellious, one of a kind superhero, who’ll always do what’s right for the people – but he does it his way. Truth and justice – the BLACK ADAM way. This role is unlike any other I’ve ever played in my career and I’m grateful to the bone we’ll all go on this journey together."

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A newly-unveiled concept trailer released at the DC FanZone virtual event over the weekend built out Black Adam's origin story a little more. In the film, Black Adam is portrayed as the rogue hero of a millenia-old fictional city called Khandaq, "a melting pot of cultures, power and magic" that ruled its citizens through oppression and slavery. Black Adam fought against this, leading to his imprisonment for 5,000 years before he's freed in the modern day.

In the comics, Black Adam is Shazam’s foe, but it’s unclear at the moment whether the film will draw on such a connection with many speculating that Shazam won’t be featured in the standalone project. As Business Insider suggests, “There’s reason to believe the movie could downplay that connection for the character’s solo debut."

As such, it's likely that Black Adam will be cast as something of an anti-hero in the project, showing little restraint or regard for others in his own pursuit of justice. 

We also now know that Noah Centineo will make his DC debut as hero (and presumptive foe to Black Adam) Atom Smasher. Johnson also confirmed that the Justice Society of America (JSA) will also arrive on the scene, with Hawman, Cyclone, and Doctor Fate confirmed.

Black Adam is slated to be released December 22, 2021.


Via GQ Australia