Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has announced the release date for his upcoming superhero film Black Adam.
The Hollywood star said the DC Comics film, a spin-off from the Shazam! movie, will arrive in December 2021.
Johnson shared the news with a post on Instagram, explaining how he had wanted to be a superhero growing up, specifically Superman.
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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.
However, the former professional wrestler said he was always attracted to more rebellious characters – perfect for the anti-hero 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,” Johnson said.
“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 was originally set to appear in 2019 superhero Shazam! which starred Zachary Levi as the titular superhero.
However, producers reportedly decided to give each character their own film before bringing them together.
Jaume Collet-Serra is set to direct Black Adam, which has a US release date of December 22 2021.