Are you ready for The Rock to become a superhero? For several years, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been talking about being in a film starring a DC comics character. Reports about this date back to Zack Snyder’s 2016 film Batman v Superman, but Johnson had been too busy to fit Black Adam into his filming schedule–until now.
Here’s everything we know about the Black Adam movie, including who will be in it, where it fits in the DC Extended Universe, who is working behind the scenes, and most importantly: when we can expect to see Black Adam in theaters.
Black Adam’s Cast
At this time, the only public member of the cast is Dwayne Johnson. More should be announced very soon as filming is set to begin in the summer of 2020.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be playing Black Adam, the anti-hero and greatest enemy of Shazam‘s Captain Marvel.
Johnson has been talking a lot about the film and has hinted that he believes other members of the Justice Society of America (JSA) will be joining the film. This could mean heroes like Wonder Woman or Batman that we’ve seen in other DCEU movies, but could also mean we see lesser known characters like Hourman, The Flash, or Hawkman.
Eventually, there will likely be a crossover with the Shazam! films starring Zachary Levi. Black Adam has been mentioned several times in the Shazam! movie, without ever appearing. Several people involved in the films have said they believe we may not see that happen until the third Shazam! installment.
The Team Behind The Rock’s Superhero Movie
Dwayne Johnson has been very involved in the publicity for this production already. He announced the director for Black Adam on Instagram as Jaume Collet-Serra, a Spanish filmmaker Johnson worked with in the past on the action movie Jungle Cruise, which releases to theaters on July 23, 2020.
As a director, Jaume Collet-Serra has also worked on the films Orphan (2009), Unknown (2011), and The Shallows (2016).
Speaking about Jaume Collet-Serra, Johnson has said that he’s been impressed with the director’s passion and work ethic, and that he is going to give the fans “something very cool and special” with Black Adam.
As far back as 2017, Dwayne Johnson had publicly confirmed that Adam Sztykiel was working on a script for Black Adam. In the past, Sztykiel wrote the film Due Date (2010) and Rampage (2018), another film starring Dwayne Johnson.
The Plot Of Black Adam
Both Dwayne Johnson and Hiram Garcia (the film’s producer) have given interviews discussing the plot, without actually telling us much of anything beyond the fact that Black Adam is Captain Marvel’s greatest enemy.
Multiple sources claim that Black Adam will include other DC comics superhero characters. In particular word is that the movie will feature Hawkman heavily. In fact Hawkman may end up being the co-lead alongside Black Adam, in the film. WB is currently looking to cast a male actor in his 30s to play Carter Hall, Hawkman’s real world name.
The female lead in the film is believed to be Isis. She’s Black Adam’s love interest in the comics. Isis is a superhero and also an Egyptian goddess. That fits right in with all the god mythology already established by the Shazam! universe.
Other heroes rumored to show up in the film include Atom Smasher, Stargirl (played by a different actress than the one working Stargirl TV series), Doctor Fate, and Hawkgirl. Rumor has it that The Flash (the Jay Garrick version not the character from the Justice League movie) and Green Lantern (Alan Scott version, not the version from the Green Lantern movie) are being considered to show up.
Black Adam In Production
The script has been written and filming should begin in 2020. According to Dwayne Johnson’s Instagram, shooting will begin in the summer of 2020.
The Rock updates his Instagram frequently and is a great place to follow along and see where production is at, at least from his experiences with the film. Currently, he has been updating about his workout routine. He has always been famous for having an intense workout schedule, but he appears to be stepping things up for the superhero movie.
Fitting In To The DCEU
The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is picking up steam with audiences again. In recent years, they’ve released a series of films lighter in tone and their profits have reflected that they may have found a better track for their films. Wonder Woman (2017) earned $821.8 million worldwide, Aquaman (2018) earned $1.02 billion worldwide, and Shazam! earned $364 million worldwide. This combined with the success of Marvel movies like Venom and Joker, starring morally dark characters/bad guys/anti-heroes, brings us to Black Adam.
It will be interesting to see how they handle the tone of Black Adam. Dwayne Johnson’s public personality as a tough but happy man seems like a smart casting choice to walk this line.
In terms of how Black Adam will fit into the DCEU, we know that it will take place in the same storyline as Shazam! since it’s already been established these characters are in the same world. Outside of that, the DCEU has diverged so their stories no longer all take place in the same world like we’ve come to expect with Marvel. For example, the world for Joker does not seem to be the same as the upcoming Batman film or the Wonder Woman movies even. This doesn’t mean there isn’t room for crossover with Justice Society America (JSA) characters in the DC Extended Universe, it just means it isn’t firmly established what we can expect to see.
When Will Black Adam Be Released?
Black Adam will be in theaters on December 22, 2021.