Though DC has a long way to go before it can catch up to the conglomerate that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (a VERY long way to go) recent films like Aquaman, Shazam, and of course, Wonder Woman have somewhat helped steer the struggling universe back on course and given fans a slither of hope that the DCEU can actually work.
Now after years of rumors and reports that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would be joining the DCEU as anti-hero, Black Adam, the People’s Champion took to Instagram to confirm he will indeed be donning the black cape and yellow boots come 2021 and gave fans a first look at his menacing character.
Yesterday The Rock posted some art of what his iteration of Black Adam would look like in it’s upcoming film courtesy of the legendary Jim Lee and Boss Logic, and wrote a lengthy caption expressing his excitement about getting his chance to finally play a superhero on film saying, “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. “
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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.
Though hardcore fans familiar with the Black Adam character remember that one of his features is black hair slicked to the back like a Chicano in the 80’s, it would be for lack of a better word, wrong, to see The Rock rocking a wig piece these days (never forget the foolery that was The Scorpion King).
It will be interesting to see how the DCEU integrates Black Adam into their cinematic universe as he is an antagonist to both Shazam and Superman who’ve already been established. Either way we’re going to find out if The Rock’s Black Adam will help further the DCEU in the right direction come December 22, 2021.