The next American superhero picture Black Adam is based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Produced by New Line Cinema, DC Films, Seven Bucks Productions, and FlynnPictureCo, it will be a spin-off of Shazam! (2019) and the eleventh film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).
The film is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and written by Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines, and Sohrab Noshirvani. Dwayne Johnson portrays the title role alongside Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, Sarah Shahi, Marwan Kenzari, Bodhi Sabongui, Quintessa Swindell, and Pierce Brosnan.
Johnson was attached to Shazam! early in production and confirmed in September 2014 that he will play the villain Black Adam. In January 2017, the filmmakers decided to give the character his own film, and Sztykiel was hired in October of that year.
Collet-Serra joined the team in June 2019, with a targeted release date of December 2021; however, the COVID-19 pandemic postponed this timeframe. The next year, further casting took place, including for members of the Justice Society of America (JSA), and Haines and Noshirvani rewrote the script.
From April through August of 2021, production took place at Trilith Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, and also in Los Angeles. Warner Bros. Pictures is slated to release Black Adam in the United States on October 21, 2022.
Who Performs in Black Adam?
In addition to Dwayne Johnson, several legendary DC characters will be portrayed by Noah Centineo, Aldis Hodge, Sarah Shahi, Quintessa Swindell, and Pierce Brosnan in Black Adam. Unknown roles have been assigned to Marwan Kenzari, James Cusati-Moyer, Bodhi Sabongui, Mo Amer, and Uli Latukefu.
Despite Black Adam’s connections to Shazam!, Zachary Levi and Asher Angel will not reprise their roles as Shazam and Billy Batson, respectively. It appears that the picture will feature more than its fair share of superheroes, which is fortunate.
When did Black Adam Start Filming?
Black Adam began principal photography in April 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. The film was originally intended to begin production in July 2020, but the coronavirus issue caused a delay.
On July 15, 2021, Johnson confirmed that he had finished filming his scenes and that the movie had fully wrapped. After Johnson’s departure, a few weeks of production resumed in Los Angeles without his participation.
This was verified on July 25 by executive producer Dany Garcia, who stated, “We haven’t wrapped yet, so we have a few more weeks. Dwayne is wrapped, so that’s about it. Black Adam was covered. But we have a lot of really wonderful stuff going on that will continue in Los Angeles.”
What Is Black Adam’s Storyline?
During the time of Adam, Kahndaq was an oppressive nation that employed magic and sorcery to enslave portions of its inhabitants. Adam utilized his strength to liberate his people and rule Kahndaq as its king once he became the Champion.
Adam was once a hero, but after his family was murdered, he succumbed to evil and unwittingly unleashed the demons known as the Seven Deadly Sins. He was then imprisoned for his misdeeds, and Black Adam will see his release from jail five thousand years later, intent on restoring Kahndaq to its former splendor.
Unknown at this time is the film’s connection to Shazam! However, the Wizard’s death may be what allows Adam to escape his cage. Black Adam will likely reestablish his dominion, despite the fact that the film’s plot details have not yet been revealed.
This could prompt the JSA to oppose him, resulting in a conflict between Adam and the superheroes. Given the typical progression of these tales, a larger threat will likely emerge, prompting the heroes to come together to defend the planet.
Release Date of Black Adam
Warner Bros. Pictures plans to put out Black Adam in the United States on October 21, 2022. It was supposed to come out on December 22, 2021, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the date was changed.
It was then set to come out on July 29, 2022, but Warner Bros. changed the date to October 2022 because of how COVID-19 would affect the workload of visual effects vendors.
Is there an official trailer?
Yes, there is now a full trailer for Black Adam, and it features The Rock in action! It shows how the main character died and came back to life, and it follows him 5,000 years after he got his powers and broke out of prison.
At San Diego Comic-Con, there was also a sneak peek of the movie. In it, Black Adam will be given the choice of either destroying the world or saving it.
Will Black Adam have any sequels?
In the DCEU, DC has big plans for Black Adam, but no sequels have been announced yet. In 2017, Johnson said that it was planned for Adam and Shazam to fight in a future movie.
So, he said, “we decided to set up a situation where Black Adam gets his own movie and Captain Marvel, Shazam, gets his own movie.” “This is how we build our world, and then at some point, we can all come together.”
Henry Cavill, who plays Superman, had also hinted that Black Adam and the Man of Steel might meet up in the future of the DCEU. His exact words were, “There is definitely some kind of work toward that.”
Now, plans do change, so a Black Adam vs. Superman: Dawn of Capes movie might not come out. But the character will have some kind of future in the DCEU, even if nothing official has been said about it.
In recent comics, Black Adam has made a comeback, even becoming a main member of the Justice League. So it looks like DC wants the character to be a big deal in the years to come. Whether or not Black Adam gets a sequel will, of course, depend on how well the movie does when it comes out.