A Black Adam solo film has been in the works at Warner Brothers for quite some time. Former wrestler and current movie star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been attached to the role since 2008, when it was still to be part of a Shazam! movie, and early in 2017 the project was split in two, with The Rock to star as Black Adam in his own solo film. Director Jaume Collet-Serra was announced for the film back in June of this year, and now The Rock has teased a release date of Wednesday, December 22, 2021 for the film, as well as what he’ll eventually look like on-screen.
On Instagram, the actor shared concept art for Black Adam by Jim Lee and Boss Logic, along with a note about his connection to superheroes, and the character in particular:
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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.
The Rock describes the character as “a rebellious, one of a kind superhero, who’ll always do what’s right for the people.” The art by Lee and Boss Logic features Adam, with the face of The Rock, hovering over ruins, lightning crackling through the air. Adam sports a long black cape, which is somewhat in tatters. He also appears to have armor over his upper torso, with spiked shoulder pads. Otherwise the costume looks faithful to the suit the Wizard Shazam’s former champion has worn since DC’s New 52 relaunch of 2011.
Black Adam was expected to begin filming towards the end of this year, and The Rock’s social media post seems to be a good indication that things are moving forward well with the project. The solo film for the character will have some competition at the box office in December 2021, with the first sequel to James Cameron‘s Avatar currently scheduled for release the Friday before Black Adam‘s release date. Sherlock Holmes 3 is also currently scheduled for release on Wednesday the 22nd, though that seems likely to move.
Check out a larger version of the concept art for Black Adam below.