It’s official: Black Adam is a real movie starring Dwayne Johnson, and due to today’s DC Fandome event, we’ve finally seen tangible confirmation of this cinematic truth beyond concept art!
The promise of a Shazam-inspired film starring Dwayne Johnson dates back to 2007, when io9 initially reported on his potential involvement in the project. Johnson was a movie star in 2007, but he wasn’t the global superstar he was in 2014, when he said he’d be playing Black Adam, or in 2021, when the picture finally began filming.
So it’s no exaggeration to say Johnson has been waiting a long time to play the legendary DC character, which explains his delight at being able to share bits and pieces of the film’s production with the rest of the world.
Filming on Black Adam began in April, so you know Johnson has been itching to show us some real footage. We know next to nothing about the plot, but with the Rock involved, we can expect a lot of action and, presumably, a lot of humour; given Johnson’s enthusiasm for the project, it’s unlikely that we’ll see a standard evil take on the main character.
It also doesn’t hurt that the rest of the ensemble is fantastic, with Aldis Hodge (Invisible Man) as Hawkman, Pierce Brosnan as Dr. Fate, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Sarah Shahi as Isis, and Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone all playing intriguing characters. And, as previously reported, the film does have a release date: Black Adam is planned to hit theatres on July 29, 2022.