With all the hubbub around Joker and the wild casting going on for Matt Reeves’ The Batman starring Robert Pattinson, it was easy to forget that DC Films still has an interconnected universe out there. Today, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has reminded everyone that not only does the DC Extended Universe exist, but he’s actually part of it. The actor has revealed the release date for his upcoming comic book blockbuster Black Adam, as well as a first look at concept art from the film.
In an Instagram post, Johnson announced that Black Adam will soar into theaters on December 22nd, 2021. The movie is set to be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Run All Night, Jungle Cruise) from a script by Adam Sztykiel (Rampage), with production expected to begin next July.
Johnson also shared a piece of concept art featuring himself in the title role, as drawn by digital artist BossLogic and iconic comic artist Jim Lee. Explaining the character, Johnson wrote,
“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.”
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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 12.22.21 ⚡️ Huge thank you to my friends, @jimlee and @bosslogic for this first time ever bad ass collaboration.
Black Adam actually isn’t a true superhero, and only recently gained the “anti-hero” label. The character in fact started out as the arch nemesis of Shazam, the hero Zachary Levi brought to life in his family-friendly cinematic debut earlier this year. An ancient Egyptian despot who draws his power from a similar mystical source as Shazam, Black Adam is reincarnated into modern times when his scarab necklace is unearthed.
How Black Adam will actually connect to Shazam! is anyone’s guess at this point. Same goes for its ties to the other upcoming DCEU productions: Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (February 7th, 2020), Wonder Woman 1984 (June 5th, 2020),The Suicide Squad (August 6th, 2021), or Aquaman 2 (December 16, 2022). There’s also that Flash movie Andy Muschietti is supposed to be directing, but the movie has had so many false starts at this point, we’ll believe it when we see it.