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In January 2020, Dwayne Johnson announced that he had begun the preparation process for Black Adam. There have been talks for years about making a movie based on the popular villain-turned-antihero from DC Comics, but with a late 2021 release date in place the ball is now finally rolling. What can we expect from this new comic book movie, though? Certainly, there is a lot of anticipation for The Rock's latest movie, and his first venture into mainstream superhero arena. There is a lot riding on this movie, but hopefully all the waiting will finally pay off with something excellent when the blockbuster finally arrives.
Like all major comic book movies, certain details about Black Adam are being kept hush-hush for now, but over time we have learned a fair bit about the project. With that in mind, we've put together this handy guide to keep track of everything we know about the upcoming film thus far.
Who Will Direct Black Adam?
Black Adam will come courtesy of Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra, and while you might not recognize the name, there's a fair chance you're familiar with his work. Not being one to stick to a single genre, Collet-Serra's resume includes the remake of House of Wax, the horror film Orphan, the Liam Neeson action feature Non-Stop, and The Shallows a.k.a. "Blake Lively vs. Shark." His most recent film, the Disney ride-inspired Jungle Cruise, features Dwayne Johnson opposite Emily Blunt, and clearly the two got along famously during production given that they are immediately reuniting for the DC Extended Universe blockbuster.
What Is Black Adam's Release Date?
Black Adam is currently slated to be released on December 22, 2021 – which would appear to be a move indicating Warner Bros.' hopes that lightning will strike twice, as James Wan's Aquaman was released on that same weekend in 2018. Obviously the studio would love to recapture that same box office success with this comic book blockbuster. The movie will have some interesting competition, as James Cameron's Avatar 2 is scheduled to come out one week before it, but that was the same situation that Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes faced in 2009 when the first Avatar came out, and that film still managed to make $524 million by the time it was done playing on the big screen.
Are There Any Trailers Or Teasers For Black Adam?
With production having not started yet. Black Adam footage doesn't actually exist that could be edited into a feature film, but as seen throughout this feature we at least do have a good visual sense of what to expect from the blockbuster. During the special Dwayne Johnson-hosted Black Adam panel at DC Fandome in August 2020, the movie showed off a whole bunch of concept art teasing what's to come. All things considered, it's unlikely that we'll be getting a full official trailer for the feature before July 2021.
When Will Black Adam Start Production?
While there were a few rumors and reports claiming that Black Adam would begin production in late 2019, that wasn't ultimately the case. Dwayne Johnson revealed on Twitter in October 2019 that the film was expecting to begin production in July 2020... but that was before the pandemic hit. As a result, Johnson updated fans saying that principal photography would start in late summer/early fall 2020 instead. The shift has not yet led to any news about the release date changing, but obviously if that changes we will update this feature.
What Will Black Adam Be Rated?
Since Black Adam hasn't been made yet, it's hard to know for certain which direction the movie will be headed in terms of its official MPAA rating. Looking at WB's recent track record of DC adaptations makes it particularly hard to guess, as they've been developing R-rated projects like Joker and Birds of Prey alongside Shazam! and Wonder Woman 1984. That being said, given the expectation that Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam will eventually star in a crossover feature with Zachary Levi's Shazam, it's probably a fair bet that the material in the solo film will be material accessible to audiences of all ages.
The Characters And Cast Of Black Adam
Like any normal comic book-based solo movie, the central character in the film will be the one namechecked in the title, but he is hardly all by himself in the adventure. In the case of Black Adam, Dwayne Johnson is taking center stage, but in the story he will be facing off with the first big screen iteration of the superhero team known as the Justice Society.
Black Adam (Dwayne Johnson)
Created by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck, Black Adam is one of the most famous super-villains in the DC universe, and one that primarily serves as the antagonist and archenemy to Shazam, once known as Captain Marvel. The film will explore the character's origins by beginning centuries in the past with the protagonist serving as a slave in an ancient country called Kahndaq. Believing that he has the capacity to be a great warrior for good, the wizard Shazam bestows upon Adam tremendous power... but Adam winds up using that power with great brutality. After years of terror, he is defeated and trapped, but thousands of years later he returns to wreak havoc on the modern world – forcing a team of heroes to try and take him down.
Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo)
As things presently stand, the only other actor in the Black Adam cast other than Dwayne Johnson is Noah Centineo, but not only is it exciting that the talented actor from To All The Boys I Loved Before is joining a DC Comics movie, he is also set to play a super cool character. Real name Adam Rothstein, Atom Smasher in the comics is a metahuman as a result of his family history – his grandfather being an atomic scientist-turned-reluctant supervillain – and has the ability to grow to upwards of 60 feet tall. The taller he gets, the stronger and more powerful he becomes.
Assuming that Black Adam will be using the most popular/well-known version of the character, the movie will be introducing audiences to Carter Hall – an archaeologist who discovers that he is a part of a long cycle of reincarnations that originate with a feud between a prince and a priest in ancient Egypt. He uses a material called Nth metal in his costume that he controls mentally, and it gives him both the ability to fly and enhanced senses.
Doctor Fate (?)
Doctor Fate's beginnings in DC Comics tie to a man named Kent Nelson, who discovers the tomb of a sorcerer named Nabu the Wise and is taught the magic arts as a means to defeat evil in the world. There have been many different incarnations of the character since Kent Nelson's introduction in 1940, but what ties them all together is incredible skills that should put on one hell of a show in Black Adam. The movie will feature only the second live-action iteration of the hero, as he was previously played by Brent Stait on Smallville.
Of the Justice Society members that will appear in Black Adam, Cyclone a.k.a. Maxine Hunkel is the only one who has never been adapted into live-action before – which will make it all the more exciting to see who lands the role and is able to leave a unique stamp. Like Atom Smasher, Cyclone is also a legacy character of sorts, as she is the granddaughter of the original Red Tornado a.k.a. Abigail "Ma" Hunkel, and she gains her super powers when the sinister inventor of the android Red Tornado, T.O. Morrow, injects her with nanotechnology. She possess the ability to manipulate air currents, which she uses to fly and during combat.
Are you looking forward to seeing Dwayne Johnson take on Black Adam in the comic book character's first blockbuster movie and his showdown with the Justice Society? Let us know in the comments what you hope to see in Warner Bros' latest DC adaptation, and keep coming back to this page, as we will continue to refresh it with new information as more details about the film come to light.