The Rock agreed to play Black Adam in 2014, and it was nearly a decade of care and work to make the passion project happen. Johnson first expressed interest in playing Black Adam in 2006, and the idea was well received by fans at the time. He recently stated that his portrayal of DC antihero Black Adam will be unlike any of his previous roles.
Dwayne Johnson promises that his portrayal of DC Comics’ Black Adam will be unlike any other role he has played throughout his career. Johnson will play Kahndaq’s super villain/anti-hero ruler, following a long history of interest in the role. Black Adam, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, is set to be released on October 1, 2022.
Teth-Adam is the ruler of Kahndaq who was bestowed with incredible powers by the wizard Shazam, as created by Otto Binder and C.C Beck for Fawcett Comics prior to the company’s acquisition by DC Comics. Despite having the same powers as the hero Shazam, Black Adam chose to use his powers for his own ends, which led to his imprisonment until he was reawakened in the modern era and became Shazam’s archenemy.
Johnson’s Black Adam is awoken from his imprisonment in Collet-Serra’s film and he quickly attracts the attention of the Justice Society of America, who take issue with Black Adam’s brutal, gruesome tactics and darker morality, and hope to set him on a heroic path. With Black Adam’s unforgiving, darker nature, Johnson has emphasized how different the character is from any other he’s played.
Johnson revealed to Total Film that Black Adam is unlike any other character the actor has played in his career. The actor explained that Black Adam’s grayer, dubious morality would challenge the audience’s perspectives of whether he is a hero or a villain, so he hoped to emphasize that aspect in his portrayal. While Black Adam contains elements that audiences would associate with Johnson, the actor stressed that the character is a complete departure from any other character he’s played.
“I think Black Adam is going to be a departure from what people have seen of me onscreen over the decades.
I wanted to make sure that I brought Black Adam to life, knowing that it was a departure from what I had played before in the past, because there’s a lot of elements about Black Adam that are dependent on your perspective. Is he a supervillain? Is he an antihero? To some, he is just a straight-up superhero. There are just natural elements, I think, in me, that are part of my DNA that we see in the character of Black Adam. [But] it is a departure from anything that I’ve played before in the past. A complete departure.”
With Johnson’s long involvement in Black Adam’s long journey from page to screen, it is clear that the character is very important to the actor. With Black Adam finally making his live-action debut, Johnson fans will be eager to see the actor take on a darker, more dubious role. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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