It’s been a long time coming but Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s highly anticipated DC Extended Universe debut is now on track to arrive in theaters. Black Adam, starring the wrestling legend and actor as the titular antihero, is a spinoff and sequel to the 2019 movie Shazam!. The movie has been in the works since the early 2000s and now we’re finally getting close to seeing it in theaters. Black Adam, a powerful being on par with Superman, is the original champion of the wizard Shazam. But unlike his heroic counterpart played by Zachary Levi, Adam’s sense of morality is often a bit more… let’s say flexible. Black Adam will tell the story of the character’s return to the mortal world after spending a long time in a magical prison. We can only guess what terrible vengeance he will have in store for the world.
Black Adam is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who also directed Johnson’s new Disney movie, Jungle Cruise. Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines, and Sohrab Noshirvani wrote the film’s story. Besides Adam, the movie will also feature several beloved characters from the Justice Society of America, making it a must-watch for DC fans. To get you prepared for this exciting new DCEU film, we’ve put together everything we know about Black Adam so far, from the plot and casting details to updates on filming and release dates.
Black Adam Trailer
While we’re yet to see any actual footage from the movie, an animated teaser for Black Adam was released during DC FanDome 2020. The clip showcases concept art for the film, including the costume Johnson will be wearing as Black Adam. It also gives a brief description of the character’s origins, his rise to power, his fall and imprisonment, and his return to the world.
When Is Black Adam’s Release Date?
Black Adam is currently scheduled to premiere in the United States on July 29, 2022. Originally, the film was supposed to arrive in theaters on December 22, 2021, but those plans had to be abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the moment, we don’t know whether the movie will also be released on HBO Max like Wonder Woman 1984. It seems unlikely, but we won’t know for sure until we get closer to the release date.
Who Is in Black Adam’s Cast?
Besides Dwayne Johnson, the cast of Black Adam will include a number of classic DC characters played by Noah Centineo, Aldis Hodge, Sarah Shahi, Quintessa Swindell, and Pierce Brosnan. Other cast members include Marwan Kenzari, James Cusati-Moyer, Bodhi Sabongui, Mo Amer, and Uli Latukefu, whose roles have currently not yet been revealed.
Despite the movie’s links to Shazam!, Levi and Asher Angel won’t be reprising their roles as Shazam and Billy Batson, respectively, in Black Adam. That’s just as well, though, because it does look like the film will have more than its fair share of superheroes.
Who Are the Confirmed Characters in Black Adam?
Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam is, obviously, the main character of the movie. Born as a slave named Teth-Adam in the nation of Kahndaq, Adam is a brave and fundamentally heroic person. But despite his good intentions, he’s a ruthless warrior who would destroy anyone who gets in his way without a second thought.
Besides Adam, the movie will also see Shahi play Adrianna Tomaz, a university professor and resistance fighter in Kahndaq. In the comics, Adrianna eventually becomes the superhero called Isis and marries Black Adam. She is responsible for tempering Adam’s violent tendencies and pushing him towards more heroic paths. Whether the character will have a similar path in the movie is something we’ll have to wait and see.
Black Adam will also feature the Justice Society of America, a multigenerational team of superheroes who were the predecessors of the Justice League. The JSA has had a massive roster of heroes in the comics (including Adam) but only a handful are going to appear in the movie.
Centineo will be playing Atom Smasher, a JSA member with the power to change his size and density. Adam Copeland played a version of the character in Season 2 of The Flash.
Hodge will appear as Hawkman. The leader of the JSA, Hawkman is the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian prince. In this life, he’s an archaeologist who can fly using wings made out of an alien material called Nth metal. Hawkman is a popular character who has previously appeared in comics, animation, and live-action. The character was played by Michael Shanks in Smallville and by Falk Hentschel in The CW’s Arrowverse.
Swindell plays another JSA member known as Cyclone. She’s the granddaughter of the original Red Tornado. Cyclone has the power to control wind and sound. Her spot on the team was originally meant to be taken by Hawkgirl but the character was ultimately dropped from the movie.
Pierce Brosnan rounds out the movie’s JSA roster as Kent Nelson / Doctor Fate. Nelson is the son of an archaeologist who was chosen by the Helmet of Fate to become a magical superhero and defend the world against the forces of chaos. In case you’re wondering, Doctor Fate was introduced 23 years before Doctor Strange so he isn’t a rip-off of Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme. Brent Stait played the character in Smallville and versions of the character have appeared in a lot of DC animated shows and games.
The movie will also feature the international gang of criminals imaginatively named Intergang. Additionally, Bodhi Sabongui will reportedly be playing an as-yet-undisclosed key character from the Black Adam comics.
When Is Black Adam Filming?
Principal photography on Black Adam began in April 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. The movie was initially scheduled to begin filming in July 2020 but this was delayed by the coronavirus situation.
Johnson announced on July 15, 2021, that he had completed filming his scenes and the movie had officially wrapped. Some filming for the movie continued without Johnson for a few weeks after that, shifting to Los Angeles. Executive producer Dany garcia confirmed this on July 25 saying, “We haven’t wrapped yet, so we still have a few more weeks. [Dwayne] wrapped, so that’s kind of a wrap. Black Adam wrapped. But we’ve got a lot of really good things going on that, actually, will continue in LA.”
When Is Black Adam Set?
Black Adam is expected to be set in the present day. Seeing as it’s technically a sequel to Shazam!, the movie will probably take place after the events of the first film.
Some parts of the movie are likely to be set 5000 years ago during the time of Kahndaq’s glory. But besides possible flashbacks, Black Adam will largely be a modern-day take on the character.
What Is Black Adam’s Story?
During Adam’s time, Kahndaq was an oppressive nation that used magic and sorcery to enslave parts of its population. But once he became the Champion, Adam used his power to liberate his people and rule Kahndaq as its king.
He was originally a hero but after his family was killed, Adam turned to darkness and unintentionally released the demons known as the Seven Deadly Sins. He was then imprisoned for his crimes and Black Adam will see him return from his prison after 5000 years, determined to return Kahndaq to its former glory.
It’s currently unknown how the movie connects to Shazam! but the death of the Wizard could be what allows Adam to escape his prison. While the specifics of the movie’s plot haven’t been released yet, we’ll probably see Black Adam re-establish his kingdom. This might cause the JSA to oppose him, leading to a war between Adam and the superheroes. Considering how these stories usually go, a bigger threat will probably rise, causing the heroes to band together to save the world.
Will Black Adam Have Sequels?
DC has big plans for Black Adam in the DCEU, though no sequels have been confirmed yet. In 2017, Johnson explained there were plans to have Adam face-off against Shazam in a future film.
“So what we decided to do was to create a scenario where Black Adam has his stand-alone movie, and Captain Marvel, Shazam, has his stand-alone movie,” he said. “We’re building our world that way, and then we can come together at some point.”
Superman actor Henry Cavill had also teased a possible crossover between Black Adam and the Man of Steel in the DCEU’s future. His exact words were that “There is definitely some kind of work towards that.”
Now admittedly, plans do change so we might not actually get a Black Adam v Superman: Dawn of Capes movie. But the character will definitely have a future in the DCEU in some form, even if nothing has been officially announced. Black Adam has recently had a resurgence in the comics, even becoming a main member of the Justice League. So it does look like DC is pushing the character to be a major player in the coming years. Of course, whether Black Adam does get to have a sequel or not will depend entirely on the success of the movie once it debuts.
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