It’s difficult to dispute that Marvel isn’t the dominant force in the superhero film industry at this point, what with their recent successes like Avengers: Endgame and WandaVision and their next film Spider-Man: No Way Home.
However, DC Universe looks like it will give its competition a run for its money in 2022, with a number of highly anticipated movies hitting in 2022, including The Batman, The Flash, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
Former WWE superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in Black Adam, another forthcoming DC title expected to hit theatres in 2022.
An early this year trailer for Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam arrived, offering DC fans their first glimpse at the actor in the role of the beloved antihero.
Of course, fans had already seen Johnson’s character in a stunning Super Bowl trailer alongside other DC characters.
However, the newest film provides a far clearer image of Johnson as the DC Comics antihero. “I was a slave till the day I died,” he says in the video. Then I was reborn as a god,” he said.
A few story points are being kept under wraps, but we have a release date and a good amount of other information. Find out what you have to know by reading on.
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Prior to the knowledge of the effects the COVID-19 pandemic would have on the production of the film, Warner Bros. had set a release date of 2021 for Black Adam.
The studio had to delay the blockbuster from its original fall 2020 release date to spring 2021 because of production delays, and it is now set for a release in July 2022.
Black Adam was originally set to debut in theatres on May 23, 2022, however, Warner Bros. put it back to October 21, 2022.
Where does Black Adam take place, exactly?
Teth-Adam (Dwayne Johnson) is a ruthless fighter whose family is slaughtered by an invading enemy force in Khandaq, and he is subsequently sold into slavery after fleeing the country.
After the Shazam Wizard gives him tremendous talents, Black Adam escapes his jail and transforms into a nasty anti-hero; nevertheless, his strength is so great that he is imprisoned for 5000 years. Once free, he runs into the Justice Society of America, a band of libertarian superheroes.
The team is made up of heroes like Atom Smasher – who can grow to gigantic sizes and has super strength, Hawkman – a winged adventurer who reincarnates when he dies, Doctor Fate – a sorcerer with ties to mystical entities called the Chaos Lords, and Cyclone – a woman who can summon whirlwinds on command.
Although it is unclear if the JSA are working together at the same time as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Cyborg, Johnson has hinted that the film will take place in the contemporary day timeline of the DCEU.
Since Black Adam is Shazam’s mortal enemy, it wouldn’t be strange if the solo film sets up a future conflict between the two characters. Zachary Levi plays Shazam in the picture. They share similar skills, yet their worldviews couldn’t be more dissimilar.
Although Black Adam thinks Shazam should utilize his abilities for justice, the more upbeat and light-hearted Shazam takes a more casual attitude to his abilities.
A third picture starring Levi pitting him against Dwayne Johnson’s antihero wouldn’t be unusual, given that Shazam: Fury of the Gods is scheduled for release on March 17, 2023.
Forging a Black Adam
With his unpredictable and defiant attitude, former WWE star Dwayne Johnson has settled on the part of Black Adam rather than Shazam, two personas he had considered for years.
The role of DC Comics’ Atom Smasher, who can grow to be 60 feet tall and super strong at will, has also been announced, and Noah Centineo is set to play him.
After making a recent appearance in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow alongside his close comrade Hawkgirl, Variety has revealed that Aldis Hodge (The Invisible Man) will play Hawkman in the next blockbuster.
He is typically represented as either an extraterrestrial named Katar Hol or a human named Carter Hall, both of whom have big (artificial) wings that allow them to fly with remarkable speed and agility.
Marwan Kenzari (Aladdin, The Old Guard) has signed on for an as-yet-unspecified role, and Quintessa Swindell (Trinkets) has been cast as the wind-manipulating superhero Cyclone.