Dwayne Johnson unveils first look in DC’s newest anti-hero in “Black Adam”

“The truth is, I was born to play Black Adam,” Johnson said to DC FanDome viewers around the world.

Dwayne Johnson unveils first look in DC's newest anti-hero in "Black Adam"
(Images: Getty/John Kopaloff; DC)

The second annual DC FanDome event on Saturday signaled the arrival of some of the most much-awaited projects in the DC pipeline, including an intense first look at Dwayne Johnson and his newest role as Black Adam.

Before giving a glimpse of the DC’s newest anti-hero, Johnson shared how he’s “worked his fingers to the bone” on the project that’s spent over a decade in development before. 

“As you guys know, this character, this film, this universe has been a gigantic passion project of mine for a very long time,” said the Fast & Furious star. “And I have worked so hard, worked these hands, these callouses, my fingers to the bone on this project because it’s the kind of project that I know comes along once in a lifetime.”

“And the truth is, I was born to play Black Adam,” he proudly declared.

In the brief preview, a group of armed archaeologists unleashes Johnson’s superhero after 5,000 years of captivity. Sporting a bulletproof suit, Black Adam proceeds to pulverize one of the men with just his lightning-powered grip.

Watch the teaser video for Black Adam below:

Joining Johnson in the first-look preview are his co-stars that comprise the Justice Society: Aldis Hodge who plays Hawkman, Quintessa Swindell taking on the role of Cyclone, Noah Centineo who was cast as size-shifting Atom Smasher, and Pierce Brosnan donning the cape of Dr. Fate. Sarah Shahi and Djimon Hounsou are also onboard, with the latter reprising his role in DC’s Shazam as the last surviving member of the Council of Wizards.

Before the clip, long-time 007 star Pierce Brosnan exclaimed: “I haven’t seen anything like this before…I haven’t done James Bond for ten years and I’ve seen nothing like this.”


In the comics, Black Adam was a corrupted ancient Egyptian predecessor of DC’s version of Captain Marvel who’s now attempting to redeem his reputation with an anti-hero persona. In the DC Extended Universe, Black Adam was referenced in 2019’s Shazam! as the wrongfully chosen champion who unleashed the Seven Deadly Sins unto the world.

The film is from Jaume Collet-Serra, who had previously worked with Johnson for Disney’s adventure film Jungle Cruise, from a script by Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, and Adam Sztykiel. 

As shared by Johnson, Black Adam is currently in post-production. It’s set to hit theaters on July 29, 2022.

Art Daniella Sison

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