Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam sitting on throne

Dwayne Johnson waited a long time to play Black Adam, with his connection to the role going back long before the DC Extended Universe was a thing. Then this past April, the Black Adam movie finally started shooting, giving Johnson his opportunity to suit up and jump into the superhero genre. Three months later, Black Adam has wrapped principal photography, and The Rock commemorated the occasion by giving a heartfelt speech from the set.

Taking to his Instagram page, Dwayne Johnson announced to the world that Black Adam has finished shooting, and described the experience as “easily the hardest labor and toughest grind mentally and physically” of his entire career. As for that speech he gave to the movie’s cast and crew, you can watch it below:

Appropriately donned in black, Dwayne Johnson thanked everyone on the Black Adam set for hard work, noting that many of these individuals have been his “family” over the years. Johnson also made it clear that Black Adam has been a particularly special project for him, and is eager for the world to see all their efforts be melded into the final product. Along with his parting words, Johnson also held a giveaway that saw $10,000 being divvied up among three lucky winners. Talk about going the extra mile!

So that does it for Black Adam’s principal photography, but the movie is still a long ways off from being completed. Now begins the postproduction phase, where the footage is edited together, the visual effects are created and much more. We shouldn’t even discount that this will be the last time Black Adam rolls cameras, as large-scale productions like these often scheduled reshoots later on. Regardless, now that the majority of the footage has been shot, fingers crossed we get a quick look at some of it, be it through a trailer or sizzle reel, before the year is over. After all, DC FanDome is coming up.

Although 2019’s Shazam! teased Black Adam, the Black Adam movie will not see Dwayne Johnson’s titular character facing off against Zachary Levi’s version of the World’s Mightiest Mortal. Frankly, there hasn’t been any mention of when that showdown will occur. Instead, along with showing how the man once known as Teth-Adam gained his mighty powers in ancient Kahndaq, Black Adam will see the anti-hero battling the Justice Society of America, which consists of Aldis Hodge’s Hawkman, Noah Centineo’s Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell’s Cyclone and Pierce Brosnan’s Doctor Fate.

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Black Adam’s cast also includes Sarah Shahi as Adrianna Tomaz, as well as Marwan Kenzari, James Cusati-Moyer, Bodhi Sabongui, Mo Amer, and Uli Latukefu in undisclosed roles. The villainous Intergang organization will also factor into the story. Jaume Collet-Serra, who previously worked with Dwayne Johnson on Jungle Cruise, directed Black Adam, and Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani rewrote the script, which was originally penned by Adam Sztykiel.

Black Adam hits theaters on July 29, 2022, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates on its progress and what’s going with other upcoming DC Comics movies.

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