Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writers: Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Shahi, Pierce Brosnan
Dwayne Johnson finally gets his own superhero movie when he enters the DC Universe as Black Adam 2022. Given that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is one of the best-known actors in the world and has an affinity for starring in the action genre, it’s pretty surprising that it took the actor this long to land a superhero role. Now that he’s finally here, however, fans of The Rock are looking forward to how the actor will navigate the superhero trope.
The cast of Black Adam is notable in that all of the cast members will be playing characters who are appearing in a movie for the first time. The confirmed star-studded cast lineup includes Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam, Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Sarah Shahi as Adrianna Tomaz, Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, and Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone. Adrianna Tomaz plays an influential role in the comics as Black Adam’s love interest and the one who is able to tame Black Adam’s dark and violent side. Only time will tell if the character will play a similar role in the film. Additionally, the film will also feature the Justice Society of America, a team of superheroes who are predecessors to the Justice League. However, only a handful of the team’s heroes are said to appear in the film.
The role that the star will play is one that she has been passionate about for a considerable amount of time. Johnson was approached for the character of Shazam in 2007, but declined, claiming that he preferred playing the role of the anti-hero, Black Adam. Johnson, speaking of the role at the time, said, “He’s a character I can’t wait to play.” Now, more than 15 years later, it looks like the actor’s wishes are finally coming true.
Johnson’s love for the role of the anti-hero, Black Adam, prompted Black Adam to get his own standalone film from him, rather than the originally planned supporting role Black Adam would have played in Shazam. The film will do nothing to downplay Black Adam’s violent side, with director Jaume Collet-Serra telling Variety that he will lean towards the “grittier side of Johnson’s winning persona.” As such, viewers can definitely expect to see a darker side to The Rock than they’re normally used to.
Dwayne Johnson has been waiting for the role of Black Adam and working on the Black Adam movie for many years. Johnson has worked with his production company, Seven Bucks, and producer, Hiram Garcia, to bring Black Adam to life.