Dwayne Johnson's Villainous 'Black Adam' Will Get a Solo Film

Thursday, 19 January 2017 - 8:48PM
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Thursday, 19 January 2017 - 8:48PM
Dwayne Johnson's Villainous 'Black Adam' Will Get a Solo Film
Back in 2014, the only thing we knew about DC's eventual Shazam film was that Dwayne Johnson would play his arch-nemesis, Black Adam. Years later, that's still the only thing we know about Shazam, but now we know about a separate Black Adam film that The Rock will also star in.

This would either be a spin-off or a split from the planned film by Warner Bros.' New Line studio, who confirmed that they will indeed be making a new DCEU film just about Johnson's Black Adam. This follows an Instagram post from Johnson last week, where he mentioned having a "very cool and strategic meeting" with the DC heads, so it's likely that this new film is a direct result of that cool and strategic meeting. It's definitely good news for Johnson, who says he's a hardcore fan of DC.



Shazam isn't as iconic as Superman, but he has almost as long a history. First created in Whiz Comics #2 in 1940 (where he was known as Captain Marvel) the superhero is actually a young boy named Billy Batson, who transforms into a muscular, super-powered adult whenever he shouts his magic word, "Shazam." He was created by Fawcett Comics, but DC eventually sued them for ripping off Superman, then acquired this Superman ripoff, then changed his name from Captain Marvel to Shazam and here we are.

Black Adam's backstory has changed over the years, from the immortal son of an Egyptian pharaoh to the dictator a fictional nation called Kahndaq, but he's always had the same powers as Shazam. Except that he's an adult in both his super-powered and non-powered forms. Still, considering his biggest enemy is a kid, Black Adam has always been able to stay menacing.

Now that Justice League is approaching, DC is clearly planning out their next "phase" of movies, having also announced more details on Green Lantern Corps just recently. There's no set release date or director yet for Black Adam, but Shazam is scheduled to come out in 2019. It's not known if either will appear in Justice League on November 17, 2017.

Image credit: Justice League of America #7.4, DC Comics
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