Thursday afternoon in an Instagram post Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced the official release date of New Line Cinema’s Black Adam — December 22, 2021. A new piece of concept art from the film by Jim Lee and Boss Logic accompanied the announcement.
The Rock plays the film’s leading role as Black Adam, one of DC’s most powerful villains. The December 22, 2021 release date puts the film on a collision course to go head-to-head with James Cameron’s Avatar 2, which will be released a few days earlier on Dec. 17, 2021.
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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.
Created by C.C. Beck and Otto Binder, Black Adam first appeared in March 1994 in The Power of Shazam! graphic novel. The character was initially known as Teth-Adam, a young Egyptian prince who sought to impress the wizard Shazam and inherit his powers. Black Adam was initially a hero before falling into darkness after the untimely deaths of his family. He would later go on to become the nemesis of Shazam! and one of the most dangerous villains in DC Comics.
2021 is a big year at the movies for DC. Alongside Jaume Collet-Serra’s Black Adam is Matt Reeves’ The Batman, opening on June 25 and James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad drops on Aug. 6.