It may have taken five years, but fans finally have a release date for Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson’s Black Adam movie.
Warner Bros. announced the movie (and Johnson’s casting) way back in 2015, but just yesterday the star took to Instagram to share a heartfelt message about playing the character, along with release details for the project. According to the post, Black Adam is set to hit theaters on Dec. 22, 2021.
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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.
For those who don’t know, Black Adam is an anti-hero from the DC Universe who exists as Shazam’s greatest nemeses. Some fans expected to see Black Adam appear in this year’s Shazam!, but the film ultimately focused on Billy Batson and his backstory. The movie wasn’t without Black Adam Easter eggs though — remember that previous champion the wizard mentioned, who wasn’t “pure of heart?” Yep, that’s him.
We may have two more years until Johnson officially suits up for the big screen, but at least now we have this beautiful concept art by Jim Lee and Bosslogic to hold us over.
Photo: Warner Bros./DC Comics