Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who has been preparing to unleash his anti-hero (Teth-Adam) on the world for years now, promised us that the hierarchy of power in the DC Universe will change yesterday when he teased the Black Adam trailer release on social media. And he wasn’t wrong. This looks explosive!
There’s a lot riding on Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam for the DCEU — it might be one of their biggest attempts to win over DC fans who have been calling for a reboot or a continuation of the Snyderverse. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Non‑Stop, The Shallows, Orphan) and written by Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani, the film (in development since 2017 and currently undergoing reshoots) stars a few other big stars, including Pierce Brosnan as Kent Nelson / Doctor Fate, Aldis Hodge as Carter Hall / Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Albert Rothstein / Atom Smasher, and Sarah Shahi as Adrianna Tomaz / Isis.
Additionally, Marwan Kenzari, James Cusati-Moyer, Bodhi Sabongui, Mo Amer, Quintessa Swindell and Uli Latukefu have been cast in undisclosed roles in the upcoming film.
Check out the new poster below.
The Black Adam trailer delivers on everything fans have been begging to see: huge action sequences, bulky superheroes and the dark tone DC is known for. We see Johnson’s character rise after he has been imprisoned for 5,000 years and show off his abilities (which are pretty much the same as Shazam’s).
“This film, this universe has been a gigantic passion project of mine for a very long time,” Johnson has said. “The film has without question some of the biggest action sequences I have ever been a part of.”
Although the DC Comics character, originally created by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck, is typically shown as the archnemesis of Shazam (Billy Batson (who will be seen next in Shazam! Fury of the Gods)), in the first film he will go head to head with the Justice Society of America, made up of Doctor Fate, Hawkman, Atom Smasher and Isis.
The Black Adam trailer also reveals that the film is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema on October 21, 2022, and will be available to stream on HBO Max 45 days later. Let’s hope the release date doesn’t move again.