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Black Adam Release Date, Cast, Plot, And Trailer

While fans of comic book cinema are anxiously prepping for a fresh wave of super-powered toughs to make their way to multiplexes the world over, there's one character in particular that has fans of the DCEU more hot and bothered than most. He was originally a supervillain, for the record, but will reportedly lean more into his anti-hero tendencies in his solo picture. He goes by the name of Black Adam — and he's one of the most powerful beings in the entirety of the DC comics universe.

By powerful, understand that we mean, like, supremely powerful. Powerful enough to hold his own against iconic DC heroes like Superman and Shazam... at the same time. Of the second name on that short list of heroes, we can tell you that Black Adam is the very definition of arch-enemy, frequently pushing Billy Batson and his powered family to the brink and beyond in the pages of DC comics. 

While we'll still have to wait a while to see Shazam and Black Adam face off on the big screen, fans of the "Black Adam" comics are currently gearing up for one of DC's biggest not-quite-bads to change the superhero hierarchy via a standalone feature of his very own. Here's everything we know so far about DC's upcoming "Black Adam" movie. 

Updated March 22, 2022: This article has been updated to include the film's current release date, cast, and available footage.

What is Black Adam's release date?

Now, before all you DC super-fans get too hyped about the villain-slash-antihero's big screen debut, we should go ahead and tell you that there's still a bit of a wait ahead before you'll actually get your peepers on the "Black Adam" movie. Though DC has been planning the character's big screen breakout for a very long time, its road to a theatrical release has been very much of the long and winding sort. That's primarily a result of the DCEU re-evaluating the way they approach their cinematic world in the wake of the colossal misfire that was "Justice League." It also had to do with DC wanting to release "Shazam!" before introducing that hero's arch enemy, and a late-in-the-game executive decision to the effect that Black Adam was a rich enough character to support a solo film of his own.

Initially, "Black Adam" was scheduled to hit theaters on December 22, 2021, as something of a nice holiday gift for DC fans far and wide. Of course, as with many other entertainment projects large and small, the COVID-19 pandemic significantly delayed its filming schedule, landing it a new release date of July 29, 2022. Then, the film's megastar himself announced in March that "Black Adam" was pushed back amidst an overall reshuffling by Warner Bros. of its upcoming major films' release dates (via Deadline). Currently, "Black Adam" is scheduled to premiere in theaters on October 21, 2022.

Who will be in Black Adam?

Now, about that megastar we mentioned: the one and only Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will star in "Black Adam," but we're guessing you probably knew that already, because, well, Mr. Johnson has been quite vocal about wanting to play the role since first circling it back in 2014. DC's and Warner Bros.' haphazard attempts to play catch up in the universe-building approach likely hindered the development of several other DC properties, including Johnson's "Black Adam." Now that the DCEU has found its footing via hits like "Wonder Woman," "Aquaman," and "Shazam!," Johnson will finally get to bring "Black Adam" to comic-loving audiences everywhere. So excited is Johnson to get into character, he's been teasing fans via Instagram about getting into fighting shape for the movie ever since his casting was announced. And yes, it appears he'll be getting even more buff than usual for the project.

Despite the fact the two heroes are perennial rivals, it seems Warner Bros. has no intention of bringing Zachary Levi's Billy Batson-slash-Shazam into the mix just yet — and Levi himself has said that the two foes likely won't square off until "Shazam 3." 

Joining Johnson is a cast that includes a mix of well-known names and newcomers alike. As of the film's most recent casting announcement (via Deadline), "Black Adam" will feature Noah Centineo as the heroic Atom Smasher, Pierce Brosnan as Justice Society of America member Dr. Fate, Aldis Hodge as team leader Hawkman, Quintessa Swindell as tornado-based hero Cyclone, and Sarah Shahi as a significant comic book character named Adrianna Tomaz. Furthermore, Marwan Kenzari, Bodhi Sabongui, Mohammed Amer, James Cusati-Moyer, and "Young Rock" lead Uli Latukefu will all appear in capacities that have yet to be disclosed.

What is the plot of Black Adam?

While we have some idea of who will be appearing in the "Black Adam" movie alongside Mr. Rock, we currently know next-to-nothing about the film's plot, as DC and Warner Bros. are remaining fiercely tight-lipped about this aspect of the project.

However, despite the fact that we don't quite know exactly what Team DC has in store for the "Black Adam" movie, there's still some things we can glean ahead of any official story announcements. First and foremost, it's worth noting that "Black Adam" will indeed be the character's first appearance in the DCEU. As such, it's a safe bet that "Black Adam" will serve as an origin story of sorts. That said, Johnson shared the film's opening scene during the 2021 DC Fandome event, and in that footage Black Adam is already an established superhuman within the film's fictional world. So, while the movie may simply begin chronologically with Black Adam's reawakening, as suggested by this clip, it's also possible that it might jump back in time after its opening scene to establish the character's conception.

Per Johnson himself, he'll be playing up the antihero side of Black Adam's story rather than his villainous tendencies over the course of the film (via ScreenRant). He may even be pushing the character into more straight-up hero territory, which should make for an interesting showdown when he eventually meets up with Shazam — or, dare we say, even Superman — on the big screen. 

Is there a trailer for Black Adam?

Currently, the closest thing to a trailer for "Black Adam" is its opening scene, which Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson introduced at the DC Fandome event. While the intro itself is brief, it's preceded by concept art, cast interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and a few out-of-context clips that provide at least some idea of the film's visual style.

In February of 2022, Warner Bros. also released a sizzle reel subtitled "The World Needs Heroes" to its YouTube channel comprised of clips taken from some of its upcoming 2022 releases, including "Black Adam." This footage gives viewers a closer look at some of Johnson's co-stars, like Noah Centineo's Atom Smasher and Quintessa Swindell's Cyclone.

Whenever an official trailer for "Black Adam" finally drops, we'll be there to cover it, so stay tuned to Looper for fresh info on all things "Black Adam" — and if you're as psyched about the flick as we are, you may want to go ahead and bookmark this post, which we'll be updating regularly whenever news breaks.