'Black Adam' starring Dwayne Johnson: Release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about DC supervillain film

'Black Adam' starring Dwayne Johnson: Release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about DC supervillain film
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Heroes are so mainstream, anti-heroes are far more exciting... well, most of the time. The DC Extended Universe has explored the anti-hero waters in 'Birds Of Prey' and 'Suicide Squad', and now we're going to see the 'Black Adam' film, with Dwayne Johnson in the titular role of the supervillain, who is trying to redeem himself in a rather hopeless world.

At DC FanDome, we're going to learn more about the storyline that the film might choose to take. DC FanDome will be held on August 22 and is a day's worth of events and fun panel discussions. Here's what we know about 'Black Adam'.

Release date

The Covid-19 pandemic halted production on the shooting of the film that was supposed to begin in the summer of 2020. Now, the principal photography will begin in 2021 and the release date is expected to be between 2022-2023.


Initially, the character was meant to be introduced in 'Shazam', but the studio decided to give the character a spin-off instead. Johnson has promised that the two characters will meet. 'Black Adam' will also involve the Justice Society of America. Buzz has it that there will be cameos by several familiar DC characters, including JSA members Hawkman and Hawkgirl.


Black Adam will reportedly find a love interest in the form of his wife Adrianna Tomaz. The film also sees Atom Smasher, played by Noah Centineo. Atom Smasher, whose real name is Al Rothstein, made his debut as Nuklon in 1983's All-Star Squadron No. 25 as a member of Infinity Inc, a group comprising the super-powered children of WWII superheroes, the Justice Society of America.


Al had a troubled relationship with his godfather Al Pratt, the first reiteration of The Atom and his grandfather was the sinister Cyclotron. Al learned that he had several metahuman powers, including super strength and the will to alter size and density. Filled with insecurity, Al joined the Justice Society and was determined to prove himself throughout.


He assumed the superhero name of Nuklon and was also briefly a member of the Justice League in the mid-1990s. However, for comic book fans, it's his time at the Justice Society as well as his relationship with Black Adam that defines who he is today. While they initially did not get along, Adam and Albert exit the JSA together and help each other settle personal scores. 



Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson (Getty images)

Usually known by his ring name The Rock, Dwayne Johnson is a retired professional wrestler but has now veered into acting and producing. His films have done astounding business at the box office, making him one of the highest-grossing box office stars of all time. His films include 'Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw', 'Skyscraper', 'Rampage' and 'The Fate Of The Furious'.


Noah Centineo

Noah Centineo (Getty Images)

Noah Centineo is an American actor also known for his roles in ABC drama 'The Fosters' and Netflix films 'Sierra Burgess Is a Loser' and 'The Perfect Date'. His position as a teen heartthrob was cemented with the films 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before' and its sequel.



'Black Adam' is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.


There's no trailer yet. We will update this article when new developments are announced.

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