It’s not a controversial statement to say that the state of the DC Extended Universe is in flux. Starting with Zach Snyder’s (underrated, in my opinion) Man of Steel, Warner Bros. tried to emulate Marvel Studios by creating a shared universe for their heroes. Since then, they’ve had a hit-or-miss track record. Snyder’s follow-ups, Batman v. Superman and Justice League did not land the way the studio wanted. Their solo character films, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Shazam! were well-received by critics and fans. Some films, like Ezra Miller’s Flash film are on indefinite hiatus. One that we now know is in production will be the film starring Dwayne Johnson as Shazam’s arch-nemesis. In an Instagram post, Johnson revealed the release date for the Black Adam movie along with some killer concept art.
The Black Adam Movie Release Date
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The Black Adam movie release date will be December 22, 2021. Should this remain the release date for the Black Adam movie, that means the project will have been in development for more than four years. Of course, the movie was originally slated to come out much earlier, shakeups in the wake of Justice League’s underperformance left much of the DCEU slate in limbo. While fans of Shazam and DC movies are likely elated, this film will face some stiff competition.
Black Adam will come out in 2021, but another much-anticipated movie also shares a release date during that month. James Cameron’s long-awaited Avatar 2 will debut a week earlier on December 17th. Also debuting that month: Robert Downey, Jr.’s third Sherlock Holmes film, the film adaptation of the musical Wicked, and Eddie Murphy’s even longer-awaited Beverly Hills Cop 4. Now it’s possible that Black Adam or some of these other films may move their release date either to avoid the competition or because of other factors. Either way, it will be a busy month for winter blockbusters.
Dwayne Johnson Comments On Becoming Black Adam
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Because he’s one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, Johnson is constantly speaking with the entertainment press. Whenever he’s been asked about Black Adam, he’s expertly expressed his excitement for the project and deflected on offering any specifics. So, now that we have the release date for the Black Adam movie, he’s able to speak more freely about the project. If only because now he’s certain it’s going to actually be made. He also expressed his love for Superman, which makes sense since he commented earlier this year that he thought it was time for a black Superman to appear on-screen.
He wrote on Instagram:
“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…I realized that Superman was the hero, I could never be. I was too rebellious. Too rambunctious. Too resistant to convention and authority.
“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 DC Universe and it’s a true pleasure to become, BLACK ADAM…. 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….
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.”
Johnson goes on to thank DC for giving him the chance to play Black Adam, and he concludes by revealing the release date.
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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.
Who Is Black Adam?
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Technically, Black Adam is a villain. Originally appearing as an immortal Egyptian man graced with powers similar to DC’s Captain Marvel, now called Shazam. In the late 20th century, the character’s origins were revamped. Black Adam is still an ancient Egyptian who obtained magical powers, but he was corrupted by the villain Blaze. Later, he was possessed by Theo Adam, a human villain who murdered the parents of Billy Batson, Shazam’s alter ego. In the most recent DC continuity, Black Adam is the ruler and protector of the fictional Middle East nation of Kahndaq. He straddles the line between hero and villain, mostly because he’s not above murdering his foes.
It’s unclear which direction the film version of Black Adam will go with the story. Still, it seems that the Rock is excited to take up the mantle.
Are you glad to know the release date for the Black Adam movie? Share your thoughts, hopes, and theories about which story they will tell in the comments below.
Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.