Dwayne Johnson is coming to save the DCEU. Johnson took to Instagram on Thursday to share a new poster and official release date for Black Adam.
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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.
And in all fairness, the DCEU doesn’t exactly need saving after the fantastic year it had. Joker became the first ‘R’ rated film to gross over $1 billion at the box office on Friday. Aquaman kicked off the year as the first truly fun DC film and, despite its flaws, is one of the most rewatchable superhero outings of the last few years. Then, Shazam! won over critics and audiences alike by successfully turning its back on the ridiculously grim tone of the studio’s first attempts. But, Johnson’s long-awaited inclusion is the perfect cap to a year that finally saw DC turn their cinematic universe around.
Speaking of, though we know Black Adam is officially coming to theaters in 2021, we don’t know much more about the film than we did last week. In the comics, Black Adam has traditionally been an anti-hero who butts heads with Shazam and the Marvel family we met earlier this year. But, Johnson’s post signals that his rendition of the character may put more emphasis on the ‘hero’ aspect of his anti-hero moniker.
“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.”
As I said above though, we know nothing about what to expect and Johnson’s quote only muddies the waters even more. But, it’s worth mentioning that the Shazam! sequel is rumored to begin production sometime next summer. It has yet to receive a release date but, that timeline would generally place its release near the end of 2021. So, there’s a chance we’ll see some sort of crossover between Shazam! 2 and Black Adam. But, it’ll likely be a while before we learn more about what both film’s plots will entail.
Until then, check out the new Black Adam poster below:
Black Adam is set to hit theaters on December 22nd, 2021.