DC Comics fans are getting a closer look at Dwayne Johnson’s “Black Adam” in a new trailer. “Black Adam” stars Johnson as the powerful anti-hero and sworn nemesis of Shazam, who was played by Zachary Levi in a 2019 origin movie and in the upcoming sequel, “Shazam: Fury of the Gods,” coming next year. After over a decade in development, “Black Adam” will be released on July 29.
Johnson was originally supposed to enter the DC universe as Black Adam in 2019’s “Shazam;” however, his role was scrapped when the spinoff for his character was greenlit in 2017.
In October of 2021, Johnson debuted a first look at the film on Twitter — which showed Black Adam breaking out of imprisonment after 5,000 years of captivity. “This character, this film, this universe has been a gigantic passion project of mine for a very long time,” said Johnson in the October video. “And the truth is, I was born to play Black Adam.”
The film will also introduce members of the Justice Society of America, an iconic group similar to the Justice League. The superhero cast includes Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone and Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate. In late 2020, we reported that Black Adam will also feature the DCEU’s first transgender superhero. According to the Illuminerdi, the character is called Ma Hunkel, an old-school, obscure character that even the most hardcore fans of DC comics will have a hard time remembering. But in order to get those ESG funds, the movie is all set to revive the obscure character from the late 1930s in the modern 21st century, with a major transitioning.
What will their preferred pronouns be? Any guesses?