For years – literally years – we’ve been wondering about whether or not a Black Adam movie with Dwayne Johnson was happening. First, he was supposed to be the antagonist in Shazam! Then, he was set to get his own movie. But there was no word on that for quite some time.
Today, however, Johnson himself confirmed in an Instagram post that Black Adam is indeed on the way, and it even has a release date: December 21, 2021. DC has had luck in recent years with holiday releases (just look at Aquaman) and it seems they’re not inclined to fix what isn’t broken.
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The Man in Black ⚡️ Like most kids growing up, I dreamed about being a superhero. Having cool superpowers, fighting for what’s right and always protecting the people. It all changed for me, when I was 10yrs old and was first introduced to the greatest superhero of all time – SUPERMAN. As a kid, Superman was the hero I always wanted to be. But, a few years into my fantasy, I realized that Superman was the hero, I could never be. I was too rebellious. Too rambunctious. Too resistant to convention and authority. Despite my troubles, I was still a good kid with a good heart – I just liked to do things my way. Now, years later as a man, with the same DNA I had as a kid – my superhero dreams have come true. I’m honored to join the iconic #DCUniverse and it’s a true pleasure to become, BLACK ADAM. BLACK ADAM is blessed by magic with the powers equal to SUPERMAN, but the difference is he doesn’t toe the mark or walk the line. He’s a rebellious, one of a kind superhero, who’ll always do what’s right for the people – but he does it his way. Truth and justice – the BLACK ADAM way. This role is unlike any other I’ve ever played in my career and I’m grateful to the bone we’ll all go on this journey together. BLACK ADAM 12.22.21 ⚡️ Huge thank you to my friends, @jimlee and @bosslogic for this first time ever bad ass collaboration.
If you’re wondering about that badass artwork, Johnson mentions it right in the post. It’s the first collaboration between DC co-publisher and CCO, Jim Lee, and fan-favorite digital artist Boss Logic (who did Atom Tickets’ awesome exclusive poster for the release of Avengers: Endgame).
What’s interesting is that Johnson is framing Black Adam as an antihero here when he’s primarily been a supervillain in the comics. There was a brief time he was reformed and even joined the Justice Society, then in the arc JSA: Black Reign, he forms his own superhero squad. However, as The Rock alluded in his post, he does it his own way. Not squeaky clean like the rest of the JSA but an antihero who still sometimes borders on villainy. Which, yeah. Not hard to envision Black Adam telling he’s gonna open a can of whoop-ass on someone.
It’s still more than two years away, but we can expect we’ll get some casting news trickling in over the next few months. In any case, Black Adam is on the way and he’s not here to play nice.