Black Adam: Dwayne Johnson's Co-Star Sarah Shahi Reveals Prep Work For DC Film

By Richard Nebens Updated:
Sarah Shahi, Black Adam

The DC Extended Universe took Christmas 2020 to begin their new slate of movies with the release of Wonder Woman 1984, much in thanks to its stream via HBO Max. 2021 will continue to build on this release with the debuts for the Snyder Cut of Justice League in March and James Gunn's The Suicide Squad in August.

2022 and beyond will add to the DCEU's expansion with The Flash, the untitled Aquaman sequel, and Shazam!: Fury of the Gods. Although Warner Bros. has set plans for the original movie and two sequels centered around key DC universe heroes, there is one black sheep still waiting for a more official release timeframe: Black Adam.

Although Black Adam is confirmed to be starting production in 2021, it has been temporarily removed from the DCEU's release schedule. Thankfully, a new social media post is confirming that this isn't stopping the movie's cast from preparing how they can.


In a new post on her personal Instagram account, Black Adam star Sarah Shahi posted a picture of three different comic books from Black Adam's comic run: two issues from 52 (Volume 1) as well as "Black Adam: Year of the Villain" #1

Shahi included the simple caption "research" with the picture below:


Sarah Shahi adds to the classic trend of new comic book movie actors showing off the research they're doing for an upcoming project. This has been seen countless times, sometimes with the actor involved fully decked out for the role while reading, such as Benedict Cumberbatch with Doctor Strange and Brie Larson with Captain Marvel.

Not much is known about Shahi's role in the movie other than that she will play a university professor/freedom fighter in Black Adam's native Kahndaq. She will be an important supporting character alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's titular anti-hero.

The new DCEU solo feature will introduce a whole cast of new characters like Aldis Hodge's Hawkman and Noah Centineo's Atom Smasher. There is also no word on if Shahi's character will end up turning into a hero or anti-hero herself, but her research at least shows she's putting in the work necessary to join the world of comic book movies.

Black Adam is set to begin production in the spring of 2021.

- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.