Next year brings Dwayne Johnson's brand-new anti-hero to the DCEU: Black Adam. While the character is related to the comic origin of Zachary Levi's Shazam, the two aren't set to meet just yet. Instead, The Rock will be taking the stage on his own to bring his passion project to life, one in which the actor has been trying to do so for nearly a decade.
Thanks to the recent success of more obscure comic book characters, it's now the perfect time for his character to the big screen. If movies such as Shang-Chi, Eternals, and Shazam! can be successful, then The Rock should have no problem introducing Teth-Adam to the world.
The project showed off its first footage recently at DC FanDome, and it blew fans away. It looks brutal in a unique way and gives just a little taste of the power the character wields.
Now, Total Film released new images from the movie, offering some new looks at Black Adam himself.
Meet Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam
Total Film released three new images from Black Adam, next year's DCEU film starring Dwayne Johnson's titular anti-hero.
The first image sees The Rock in full Black Adam garb looking quite intimidating. It looks like the character has been taking a long nap and doesn't want to be disturbed.
Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam stands in front of the camera, lit by bright blue light; this is likely meant to replicate how his powers can light the room.
The last image shows The Rock behind the scenes as he watches an iPad to review footage of a recent take.
The Rock also talked about what makes Black Adam unique, saying that he "loved the idea that his pain and rage comes from loss, and was fueled by oppression:"
"But there was always something unique, different about Black Adam. He was a villain, an antihero, depending on your interpretation of what a villain is. I loved this idea that his pain and rage comes from loss, and was fuelled by oppression. And at some point, he refused to be held down any more. If you wrong him, his family, or his people, then you will die. Period. That is just that simple."
As for what the actor wants the film to achieve, he said that "our goal and our North Star is the hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change:"
"Right from the beginning, we gelled, because it was like: 'OK, our goal and our North Star is the hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change.' Let’s have guts. Let’s get after it. And let’s be destructive."
Don't Mess With Black Adam
The Rock can't seem to stop touting how the power that Teth-Adam is set to wield will be far greater than what fans have seen in the DCEU. In fact, he's pretty confident that Black Adam can even destroy Superman––which wouldn't be entirely wrong, seeing as Clark Kent's weaknesses include magic.
With how confident the actor is about both the character and the movie, there's certainly some pressure for the story to live up to all the expectations The Rock has been building. After all, the character has to at least fill enough seats so that he can go on to fight his arch-nemesis: Zachary Levi's Shazam.
Fans are dying to see the two come together, but if it does happen, not only will everyone have to wait until after Black Adam, but also Shazam! Fury of the Gods. Neither project is set to feature both of the wizards at the same time. Hopefully, Shazam's third outing will feature him catching wind of Kahndaq's leader.
Black Adam releases in theaters on July 29, 2022.