Black Adam takes the throne in a new poster

After several years in development hell, Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam finally hits theaters next month. Johnson has often said that the film will change the hierarchy of power in the DC Universe as it starts a whole new era, but it won’t be long before we find out for ourselves. New Line Cinema has released a new Black Adam poster that finds Black Adam seated on a throne.

Black Adam

That Black Adam the poster proclaims that the time for heroes is over, but I’ll be curious to see how dark they’ll take the character without making him an outright villain. The film has certainly been a long time in the making and at some point the character was supposed to appear in it Shazam! movies before Dwayne Johnson decided the two needed their own separate films.

The original plan, maybe five or six years ago, I think, was to tell Shazam’s two origin stories! and Black Adam in the same movie. That was what we had been working on. The manuscript was delivered. When we all read the script, I immediately felt, ‘We have to separate these two films. We must honor Shazam! and that origin story and what it is and what it can be for the fans and then we have to tell our story as well.’ I think that by separating them, where the majority of the world doesn’t know who Black Adam is if you weren’t a serious comic book fan, I think it was important to separate them and tell each story.

Jaume Collet-Serra directed Black Adam from a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani. The long-delayed superhero adventure stars Dwayne Johnson as Teth Adam, gifted with the almighty powers of the gods in ancient Kahndaq. After using these powers for revenge, he was imprisoned and became Black Adam. Almost 5,000 years have passed and Black Adam has gone from human, to myth, to legend. Now released, his unique form of justice, born of rage, is challenged by modern heroes who form the Justice Society: Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Atom Smasher and Cyclone.

Black Adam also features Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone and Pierce Brosnan as Dr. Fate. Sarah Shahi, Marwan Kenzari, Mo Amer and Bodhi Sabongui also star in the film. Viola Davis will also reprise her role as Amanda Waller, which she starred in Suicide Squad, The Suicide Squadand Peacemaker TV series.

Black Adam coming to the cinema October 21.

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