Los Angeles: Dwayne Johnson is all set to change the hierarchy of power in the superhero universe with his Black Adam avatar. The Hollywood star described Black Adam as a ruthless keeper of justice.
Johnson pulled back the curtain of his upcoming film “Black Adam” at the DC Fandome by sharing some concept art trailers for the film, which has not yet been shot. He said that he is in the “very early processes of this creation”.
“I can promise you this, I give you my word. We are going to go beyond your wildest expectations,” said Johnson, who also confirmed that the film includes Justice Society of America characters Hawkman, Doctor Fate, Cyclone, and Atom Smasher (played by Noah Centineo).
“The superheroes have to exhibit a little bit of restraint when it comes to taking care of the bad guys. This idea that you could take all of Black Adam’s powers and he does not practice restraint, that makes for a really powerful combination, and one that’s explosive, one that’s very dangerous, and one that is ultimately very likable.
“He’s a ruthless keeper of justice. He is the judge, the jury and executioner,” Johnson said while talking about Black Adam.
The “Black Adam” panel began with an animated sequence voiced over by Johnson, which narrated the origin story of the anti-hero.
Black Adam is the arch-nemesis of the DC superhero Shazam. He is imagined as a complex antihero with a rich history of his own. Although Black Adam has traditionally been a villain, Johnson is selling him as a hero.
The Justice Society of America is a popular superhero team introduced by DC Comics in 1940. It originally included Green Lantern, Atom, Flash, Hawkman, Hour-Man, Spectre, Sandman and Doctor Fate.
Johnson also suggested that Black Adam has ambitions to interact with other DC heroes, with the Hollywood star teasing names like Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash.
“The hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change,” he said.
“It might be cool to hang out with Superman. Because of our strengths and speed; Black Adam and Superman could become friends..or they won’t,” he said.
Johnson has been working on developing Black Adam for a decade. The Warner bros movie is being helmed by “Jungle Cruise” director Jaume Collet-Serra.
The shooting for the film was supposed to start this year, but the plan was changed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.