Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam Movie Doesn’t Have a Typical Origin Story

black adam Director Jaume Collet-Serra reveals that the next DCEU movie will turn the typical superhero story on its head. New Line Cinema has been trying to develop a movie using DC’s Black Adam for decades, and Dwayne Johnson has been attached to play the role for almost as long. After the success of Shazam! in 2019, solo film projects stabilized and filming on black adam finally started in 2021. black adam will premiere on October 21, 2022, starring Johnson, Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, Sarah Shahi, Marwan Kenzari, Quintessa Swindell and Bodhi Sabongui, with Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate.

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black adam will work as a spin-off for Shazam!, first only a few months before Shazam! Fury of the gods. The film will follow Black Adam, a former anti-hero who shares Billy Batson’s powers, as he reluctantly teams up with the Justice Society of America after 5,000 years of imprisonment. The character has appeared in comics since the mid-1940s, and Black Adam is best known as one of Shazam’s sworn enemies. Despite this, Johnson’s Adam will come close to being more of an anti-hero than a villain. Although Johnson has been in the role for over a decade now, Black Adam remains one of DC Comics’ most obscure characters.


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Talk with vanity lounge, Collet-Serra explains how Black Adam’s relative anonymity among the general public contributes to the film. According to the director, the film will play with the character’s sense of mystery to subvert the typical superhero origin story. Check out Collet-Serra’s explanation below:

It’s not your typical superhero movie where a guy wants to be a superhero and gets the powers, and then you spend 50 minutes trying to figure out how the powers work. It’s a movie where you introduce Black Adam right away, and then throughout the movie you slowly peel the onion and reveal what happened.

Considering black adam should work as a counterpoint to Shazam!, it makes perfect sense that Adam’s origin story reflects the differences between the two champions. Billy’s story had to follow the typical superhero storyline as his discovery of his powers tied directly into his character’s arc in the film: learning to accept responsibility for his new strength and his new family. In contrast, Black Adam’s powers aren’t usually tied to his positive traits in the comics. Adam instead avoids responsibility and abuses his powers for selfish reasons. Unless Johnson’s Black Adam fully commits to villainy, his film should use a plane opposite to Shazam! and show Adam unlearn his behavior related to his powers. Collet-Serra seems to share this same idea by revealing the layered antihero’s backstory.


Collet-Serra’s method fits the character of Black Adam well, but it might pose a problem for casual DCEU viewers. Since the character isn’t well known outside of the comics, if black adam doesn’t present enough context for the anti-hero at the start of the film, some viewers may spend the first half of the film confused. On the other hand, if done right, the anti-hero could become a fan favorite like Marvel’s Deadpool. Viewers will have to see if Collet-Serra can deliver on his words when black adam premieres in October.

Source: Vanity Fair

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