The new trailer for “Black Adam” sees Dwayne Johnson springing into action for his DC Extended Universe debut.
Johnson plays the upcoming film’s anti-hero, a 5,000-year-old self-proclaimed god with a complicated backstory in the comics. The character originally debuted as a villain in 1945 but later evolved to straddle the line between good and evil. While he’ll stop at nothing to safeguard his homeland Kahndaq, he also has it out for his superhero counterpart Shazam.
Black Adam was originally set to make his appearance on the big screen for the 2019 film “Shazam!” starring Zachary Levi, but the role was later cut in favor of producing his own standalone film. The new trailer doesn’t address Black Adam’s relationship with Shazam, instead focusing on the morally gray components of the hooded anti-hero.
In October 2021, Johnson shared a first look video of the film on Twitter.
“This character, this film, this universe has been a gigantic passion project of mine for a very long time,” Johnson says in the video.
“And the truth is, I was born to play Black Adam.”
The upcoming film also introduces members of the Justice Society: Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher and Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone.
“Black Adam” will premiere in theaters on Oct. 21.