Dwayne Johnson Reveals a “Black Adam” Close-Up of His Supervillain
Dwayne Johnson wants to send you into your weekend with some fresh Black Adam hype. Johnson tweeted an image of his titular character, a supervillain who promises to shake up the power hierarchy in the DCEU the moment he arrives, looking downright possessed. The image of Johnson as Black Adam is going to be the cover of an upcoming issue of Total Film, his firey eyes matching the magazine’s title design. Along with this tasty new look at one of the most hotly anticipated superhero films in 2022, Johnson added a very declarative quote, revealing just how different Black Adam promises to be from not just Shazam!, but the rest of the mainstays in the DCEU:
Superheroes don’t kill bad people.
But I do.” ~ #BlackAdam
The hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is changing.
I’m pumped to share with you 🌎 our new @TotalFilm subscriber cover.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 3, 2021
This is sure to excite not only Johnson’s legion of fans, but all the people who have been waiting for Black Adam to finally make it to the big screen. Heck, Johnson was cast in the role in 2014. Recently, producer Hiram Garcia shared his enthusiasm for the film. Speaking to Collider about his most recent film, Red Notice (also starring Johnson), Garcia revealed that he had seen director Jaume Collet-Serra’s first cut. Here’s what he had to say:
“Granted, the movie’s in a stage where there are no effects done. It’s so fresh after filming. But anytime the movie is that entertaining and good in that raw of a form, it makes us very confident. So [we’re] really excited with where the movie is. Jaume has done such a good job. The movie is big. It’s fun. DJ was born to play Black Adam — [I’ve] got to tell you, if there was ever anyone who is just perfect for this role, it’s him. Then seeing him with the rest of the JSA and all those characters and Pierce [Brosnan] and Aldis [Hodge] and Quintessa [Swindell] and Noah [Centineo], it’s a ‘Pinch me’ moment. It was one of the most fun movies we’ve ever made and also just the coolest to be making something on this scale and with a character who’s going to have this much of an effect on the DC Universe. It’s really been awesome, and I think you’re really going to dig it.”
We got our first glimpse of Johnson as Black Adam via this clip revealed at the most recent DC FanDome Event. As the quote Johnson shared in his tweet makes plain, Black Adam is not the guy you want to threaten. The clip revealed during the FanDome event proved that, and it also introduced us to members of the Justice Society—the aforementioned Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell), and Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo).
Black Adam is due in theaters on July 29, 2022.
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