Dwayne “The Rock” JohnsonOpens in a new Window. is officially ready to play his first superpowered comic book character in Black AdamOpens in a new Window., announcing a release dateOpens in a new Window. for the film: December 22, 2021.
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In the DC Comics canon, Black Adam is traditionally a villain of Shazam and has similar powers to the hero—who was played by April 2019 Men’s Journal cover star Zachary LeviOpens in a new Window. in the 2019 film of the same name. In recent years, Black Adam has been portrayed as more of an anti-hero and less of a full-on supervillain, which could be a clue as to how Johnson will play the character in the upcoming movie.
While technically this isn’t the first comic book character Johnson’s played—he appeared as RoadblockOpens in a new Window. in 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation—his role as Black Adam is the first traditional comic book role. Here’s what you need to know about Johnson’s upcoming Black Adam film.
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As of now, only Johnson’s been cast. But with production starting in 2020, casting should heat up soon.
Johnson is Very Familiar With His Director
Johnson must have enjoyed working on the 2020 film Jungle CruiseOpens in a new Window., as he brought in his director on that film, Jaume-Collet Serra, to helm Black Adam. After the news was announced, Johnson wrote that he wasOpens in a new Window. “very impressed with [Serra’s] passion, work ethic, style, vision, tone and quality” on Jungle Cruise and that he’s “hungry to break new ground with BLACK ADAM and give the fans something very cool and special.” Larry Sher, who shot the billion-dollar-grossing Joker movie and Johnson’s Jungle Cruise, will serve as cinematographer.
Johnson’s Been Ready for the Role for a While
Johnson first signed to the roleOpens in a new Window. of Black Adam back in 2014 and a film has been in development for over a decade. It was expected that he’d appear in a Shazam! movie or another DC superhero film before getting his own. But in January 2017Opens in a new Window., New Line Cinema and DC Entertainment announced that Shazam and Black Adam would each star in their own respective blockbusters, with Johnson teasingOpens in a new Window. that the movies would be full of “hope, optimism & fun.”