A newly released TV spot for the upcoming DC outing, Black Adam, offers several glimpses of new footage as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is transformed from a slave to a god. The promo, which was released during the NBA Finals and came quickly following the release of the first full-length trailer, includes snippets of previously unseen stuff. Including another look at Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, one of the members of the superhero team, the Justice Society of America.
Shared via YouTube, the TV spot further teases the events of Black Adam, which will introduce The Rock as the titular DC antihero. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra from a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel, Black Adam will follow the comic book character nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the Egyptian gods — and imprisoned just as quickly. Black Adam is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.
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An antihero from Kahndaq created for the pages of DC Comics by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck, Black Adam is chosen by the wizard Shazam to harness the powers of the ancient Egyptian gods. Gifted a set of powers that includes S for the stamina of Shu, H for the swiftness of Horus, A for the strength of Amon, Z for the wisdom of Zehuti, A for the power of Aten, and M for the courage of Mehen, Dwayne Johnson has been signed on to suit up as Black Adam for many years now, with fans excited to see the actor finally take to the skies.
Black Adam will lean heavily into the character’s less-than-stellar approach to dispensing justice. Promos for the movie so far have hinted at the direction of the story with the ominous line, “The world needed a hero, it got Black Adam.” Often depicted as a warped protector and antihero, the big-screen debut of Black Adam will not shy away from the character’s gray areas.
The Rock Has Plans to Play Black Adam for a Long Time to Come
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While it seems that Black Adam will not see the DC icon crossover with other characters from the DCEU, Johnson has now stated that he has plans to play the role for a long time. The actor intends to expand both the Black Adam universe and the DC cinematic universe.
“I am 100% committed to not only Black Adam but then expanding the Black Adam universe, the DC universe,” the actor said recently. “I am an optimist from the word, ‘Go.’ So, to me and to all of us up here, all universes exist in our heads. I will, we all will, work very hard to make sure we are honoring the mythology but also giving the fans what they want. I hear the fans, we all do, and I pick up everything they’re putting down. It doesn’t get by me, it doesn’t get by these guys [producer Hiram Garcia, producer Beau Flynn, director Jaume Collet-Serra]. This is the beginning, hopefully, fingers crossed, of a very long storytelling road that Black Adam is the anchoring jet fuel now that will then push and press this universe out.”
Black Adam is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 21, 2022, by Warner Bros. Pictures.