At immediately’s Black Adam panel at DC FanDome, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shared our first insights into his long-simmering Black Adam film, a sequel of types to 2019’s Shazam!, together with his extra virtuous foes: the Justice Society.
“Black Adam has been with me for a very long time,” Johnson mentioned, referencing the various years the movie has been in preproduction. “One of the main things I always loved about Black Adam is that he was an anti-hero […] I love that he has his own sense of Black Adam justice. I also love the fact that his origins are that of a slave […] he felt the burdens and the pressures of a larger entity holding him down until you can’t take it anymore.”
Johnson mentioned that that origin informs how Black Adam delivers his ruthless model of justice.
The film may also introduce the Justice Society of America to the massive display for the primary time, with Noah Centineo’s Atom Smasher, who will go on a “journey of what it means to be a superhero. He gets to see someone like Black Adam who takes a different approach,” in accordance with the actor.
Following carefully alongside together with his comedian e-book counterpart, idea artwork proven through the Black Adam panel establishes that was enslaved within the desert nation of Khandaq, and was granted the ability of the Wizard Shazam, similar to Billy Batson within the modern-day. Then he was imprisoned for 5 thousand years, presumably after he freed the Seven Deadly Sins and practically destroyed the world, as established in Shazam!.
Another set of idea photos revealed Black Adam battling Hawkman, Doctor Fate, and Cyclone, along with Atom Smasher. All of this strains up with how Black Adam is depicted in comics.
Black Adam in comics
Black Adam, given title Teth-Adam, was born in 13th-century Egypt, and, as an grownup, was chosen to obtain the ability of Shazam, similar to Billy Batson within the modern-day. That makes him robust sufficient to go toe-to-toe with Superman (who The Rock even teased could present up both within the film or down the street within the franchise).
In the fashionable DC Comics Universe, nevertheless, he’s additionally had function as a world chief. After being revived/launched within the modern-day, he returned to Khandaq, the made-up center japanese nation that he as soon as dominated in antiquity. There, the descendants of his unique topics acquired him as a theocratic ruler.
Adam is prideful, highly effective, and follows his personal code of honor. His acknowledged aim is to guard his folks and foster their development as a society, and he believes that American superheroes have an outsize affect on international norms.
We’ll actually discover out extra as Black Adam begins manufacturing and we develop nearer to the film’s launch date. In late 2019, Black Adam was set for a Dec. 22, 2021 premiere, however you possibly can count on that with many film productions shuffling round as a result of COVID-19 delays, that would change.