Dwayne Johnson: ‘Black Adam will change the DC Universe’

Dwayne Johnson has claimed his character Black Adam will “change the DC Universe”.The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star has been developing his own standalone film about the DC Comics character for several years, and back in November, it was announce…

Dwayne Johnson has claimed his character Black Adam will “change the DC Universe”.

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star has been developing his own standalone film about the DC Comics character for several years, and back in November, it was announced that the anti-hero movie had finally got the go-ahead.

Johnson has been gearing up for his role as the powerful supervillain, and in a post on Instagram on Sunday, he showcased his intensive training with a black-and-white snap of him in the gym.

“The hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change,” the 47-year-old wrote, confident that Black Adam is going to usurp the iconic DC Comics’ superheroes such as Batman and Superman. “Training and prep for #BlackAdam has been a grind but this passion project outweighs the sacrifices. Truth, justice and the Black Adam way. #eyeforaneye #antihero #blackadam.”

The former wrestler also revealed that shooting will begin in the summer.

No further casting for the blockbuster has yet to be announced, however, Jaume Collet-Serra, who recently worked with Johnson on Jungle Cruise, is set to direct, Lawrence Sher will serve as the cinematographer, and Adam Sztykiel, who wrote Johnson’s 2018 movie Rampage, is adapting the script from the Black Adam comics.

The anti-hero, created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck, made his comic book debut in 1945 and has often been depicted as the villain of superhero Shazam.

It was reported last year that plans to incorporate Black Adam into last year’s Shazam! movie, starring Zachary Levi, fell through, and it’s not yet known if the superhero will appear in Johnson’s upcoming standalone flick.

Black Adam is due to be released in December 2021.

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Dwayne Johnson confirms Black Adam movie

Dwayne Johnson is finally ready to suit up as Black Adam for a new comic book blockbuster.The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star has been developing his own standalone film about the DC Comics character for several years, but decided to put the projec…

Dwayne Johnson is finally ready to suit up as Black Adam for a new comic book blockbuster.

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star has been developing his own standalone film about the DC Comics character for several years, but decided to put the project on hold after plans to incorporate Black Adam into the recent Shazam! movie, starring Zachary Levi, fell through.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday night, Johnson announced a Black Adam movie was coming to cinemas in December 2021 as he shared the first official piece of artwork for the film, depicting him as the powerful supervillain.

“The Man in Black,” he began, referencing his new character. “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 (years) 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.”

The action man explained he soon realised Superman was “the hero I could never be” because he was “too rebellious” and wasn’t one to listen to authority – but now his “superhero dreams have come true” with his casting as Black Adam.

“I’m honored to join the iconic #DCUniverse and it’s a true pleasure to become, BLACK ADAM,” he wrote. “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.

“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, created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck, made his comic book debut in 1945.

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Dwayne Johnson confirms Black Adam will start filming in 2020

Dwayne Johnson will begin filming his long-awaited comic book movie Black Adam next year.The flick, to be set in the DC Extended Universe franchise, will tell the story of the complex anti-hero, who is the arch-nemesis of fellow DC Comics character Sha…

Dwayne Johnson will begin filming his long-awaited comic book movie Black Adam next year.

The flick, to be set in the DC Extended Universe franchise, will tell the story of the complex anti-hero, who is the arch-nemesis of fellow DC Comics character Shazam.

While Johnson has remained tight-lipped about the project for some time, he recently shared a picture of a stunning model of Black Adam made by a sculptor on his Twitter page, and in the accompanying caption, praised the artist and also announced the start date for the film.

“I was so excited for @TheRock to play #BlackAdam that I sculpted him as the character in 1/5 scale,” Twitter user @TheKingsletter wrote alongside a black-and-white snap of his creation.

“Very cool man, thank you. Amazing detail. This project has been with me for over 10yrs (sic). Production begins this July. Appreciate the support,” the wrestler-turned-actor replied.

Back in January 2017, it was revealed that Johnson would be playing the anti-hero, and he was due to appear in last year’s Shazam! movie, starring Zachary Levi as the titular superhero, but studio bosses decided the character deserved a feature of his own.

Black Adam has been in and out of development for years, and the 47-year-old was even offered the role of Shazam before Levi signed on.

In the original comic books, he was called Teth-Adam or Mighty Adam and began as a hero of humanity, but then fell victim to corruption. Now, he’s labelled Black Adam and was exiled by Shazam, but has returned in the modern day to clear his name.

A director has not yet been found for the highly anticipated project, however, Johnson will produce alongside Beau Flynn, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia.

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