First “Black Adam” Teaser Reveals Dwayne Johnson’s Arrival in the DCEU
You might not know this, but Dwayne Johnson has been attached to play Black Adam since before Christian Bale donned the cape and cowl in Christoper Nolan’s game-changing The Dark Knight and Robert Downey Jr. kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Iron Man in 2008. So now that we have our first look at Johnson as the impossibly powerful titular antihero in Black Adam, we’re witnessing the culmination of a journey that began way back in 2007.
This first glimpse, revealed at the DC FanDome event this past weekend, is beyond promising. Director Jaume Collet-Serra and Johnson are bringing about a superhero who promises to upend the power balance in the DCEU. Even knowing how powerful Shazam (Zachary Levi) is, watching this teaser makes you fear for his safety in his inevitable showdown with Johnson’s antihero. The clip shows us just how nasty Black Adam can be when you threaten him, and also introduces us to the members of the Justice Society, who will be featured in the film. The Justice Society is comprised of Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell), and Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo).
This brief glimpse at the film is potent and might surprise those folks who have gotten used to the Rock playing straight-up heroes. With Black Adam, he gets to revel in his darker side, and he’ll be a force to be reckoned with going forward.
Check out the teaser here. Black Adam hits theaters on July 29, 2022.
For more on Warner Bros., HBO, and HBO Max, check out these stories: