Watch the very first trailer for ‘Black Adam’

This one, we’ve been waiting for.

words by: Alee Kwong
Jun 26, 2022

It’s been one hell of a long wait, but it’s finally here — the first trailer for DC’s Black Adam. This entire project has been a long time coming. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson being cast as the titular character comes as no surprise. The famed wrestler-turned-action star has expressed interest in the role since 2007, receiving loads of positive responses from fans.



Development for the project halted in 2009 and rekindled in April 2014 once Warner Bros. and DC decided to start planning a Marvel Studios-like shared universe among their most iconic superheroes.


That following August, Johnson made a statement that he was still interested in being a part of the Shazam! spin-off, but had not made a decision on playing Black Adam. A month following his indecision, it was announced that he was cast as the god/anti-hero. When speaking with Total Film Magazine (via Games Radar) in 2015, Johnson gives us an idea of what to expect from his character.


“I think Black Adam is going to grow into becoming an anti-hero. It’s all written within the spirit of respecting and paying homage to the comics. As we know, Black Adam started out as a slave. When he’s given the powers, he utilized them. Then in the wake of his powers, tragedy strikes, which turns his sentiment and tone in terms of psychology.”


Since its acquisition by Discovery earlier this year, the DCEU remodel has been made top priority. It’s hard to say where things will go and who will eventually cross paths in future films. While the interview was held in 2015, the truth remains — the DCEU is very up in the air right now (as far as we know). When asked about how Black Adam will fit in the larger picture of the DCEU, Johnson gave a spectacularly vague answer and redirected back to the positives of his character’s distance from the popular DC characters.


“It was all agreed that the worlds are all interconnected… One day you will see Black Adam go at it with Superman or Batman or any of the DC characters. But that said, there’s a great independence to Black Adam from the DC world, allowing us to inject, not only viciousness, but also winking humor.”


After almost a decade in the making, Black Adam will finally find its way to the big screen on October 21, 2022.


Learn more about the immense changes the DCEU has been making. By the way, when are they going to scrap Ezra Miller as The Flash?


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