After years of waiting, Dwayne Johnson’s DC superhero film Black Adam is finally going to happen. The Rock gave the fans a huge surprise on Instagram when he posted a picture of what Black Adam will look like, as well as his motivation for playing the anti-hero and its release date.
The film will be premiered on December 12th, 2021 which is still a long ways away but that didn’t stop from Johnson to reveal tidbits about the movie.
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The Man in Black ⚡️ Like most kids growing up, I dreamed about being a superhero. Having cool superpowers, fighting for what’s right and always protecting the people. It all changed for me, when I was 10yrs old and was first introduced to the greatest superhero of all time – SUPERMAN. As a kid, Superman was the hero I always wanted to be. But, a few years into my fantasy, I realized that Superman was the hero, I could never be. I was too rebellious. Too rambunctious. Too resistant to convention and authority. Despite my troubles, I was still a good kid with a good heart – I just liked to do things my way. Now, years later as a man, with the same DNA I had as a kid – my superhero dreams have come true. I’m honored to join the iconic #DCUniverse and it’s a true pleasure to become, BLACK ADAM. BLACK ADAM is blessed by magic with the powers equal to SUPERMAN, but the difference is he doesn’t toe the mark or walk the line. He’s a rebellious, one of a kind superhero, who’ll always do what’s right for the people – but he does it his way. Truth and justice – the BLACK ADAM way. This role is unlike any other I’ve ever played in my career and I’m grateful to the bone we’ll all go on this journey together. BLACK ADAM 12.22.21 ⚡️ Huge thank you to my friends, @jimlee and @bosslogic for this first time ever bad ass collaboration.
Black Adam is the anti-hero, the less nicer version of Shazam. Both having similar costumes with the lightning crest in their chests but instead of the red overalls, Black Adam’s is well, black.
A scene in the Shazam movie starring Zachary Levi showed that there were seven chairs but only had six ‘champions’, the seventh of which didn’t work out the way they wanted to. That champion was Black Adam. While Black Adam was kind of the standard superhero villain in the beginning, he was given a well-thought-out, well-written back story that is tragic, being a slave that was imbued by the power of Shazam.
Black Adam used his newfound abilities coupled with his rage to eliminate all the people who were responsible for enslaving his people. As much as he has anger issues that can rival the worst of celebrities’ meltdowns, but the finality is he is still fighting for what’s right even with the brutality he possesses and goes about his ways in a very brutal and violent fashion.
He has also been a part of the Justice Society of America, a superhero team that while they do help save humanity, he consistently butts heads with his teammates with how he does things.
Johnson emphasized on his post that as a ten-year-old boy, he always wanted to be Superman. But as he grew older, he realized that while his heart was in the right place, he was too counter-culture and developed more of an anti-authority outlook in life to ever become the Man of Steel, thus identifying more with Black Adam.
This has made fans excited online with the casting of Johnson as the DC anti-hero. Some people online even question casting decisions made by the likes of Marvel and DC when it comes to their superheroes but there is probably no argument that with Johnson, there is no doubt that he has that classic superhero look that he has mastered and worked hard forever since he was in the WWE as The Rock, a superhero in his own right.