Dwayne Johnson, star of the first-ever Black Adam film, set the stage for the story and tone of the new movie with a fans-first Q&A today at DC FanDome. Johnson said the movie is an origin story and that the character is a ruthless keeper of justice.
The movie will introduce the Justice Society of America (JSA), including Hawkman, Doctor Fate, Cyclone and Atom Smasher.
Earlier this summer, Noah Centineo (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before films) joined the cast as Atom Smasher, aka Albert Rothstein, who is known for his power of growth and super strength.
Centineo’s credits include The Fosters, Disney Channel’s How to Build a Better Boy, as well as Netflix’s Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, The Perfect Date., and the sequel To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You.
Johnson is reteaming with his Jungle Cruise director Jaume Collet-Serra for the Black Adam film, which is scheduled to open in theaters on December 22, 2021. Collet-Serra will helm the film based on the DC Comics character for New Line Cinema. Adam Sztykiel wrote the current script.
The Black Adam production is a priority for Warner Bros. following the success of Shazam!, which has brought in $365 million worldwide. Shazam! was directed by David F. Sandberg and stars Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Djimon Hounsou.
Johnson previously said the villain and antihero Black Adam was originally supposed to have debuted in Shazam!, but it wasn’t working with them having to tell the origin stories of both Shazam! and Black Adam.
Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo will produce along with Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions. Scott Sheldon will oversee for FlynnPicturesCo. Adam Sztykiel wrote the latest draft of the script.
Black Adam is based on the DC Comics character created by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck. Black Adam first appeared in the first issues of Fawcett Comics’ The Marvel Family in December 1945, and began to appear in the Shazam! comics in the 1970s.