Black Adam officially has a director, but it’s Dwayne Johnson’s powers that we’re banking on.

With comic-book characters, and in this case Black Adam, powers are defining. Some heroes and villains are equipped with extraordinary abilities; then there are some with the gift of resilience, intelligence and determination. They can be thrust upon the character, or simply realised. So, which camp does Black Adam fall into?

He isn’t exactly the most well-known comic book character, as moviegoers are yet to see his live-action debut on the big screen. However, he is an important one. 

So, let’s explore the DC Comics supervillain before the project begins to fully take form. 

Dwayne Johnson speaks during the TIME 100 Gala 2019 Dinner at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2019 in New York City.

Who is Black Adam?

As touched upon, the villain was created for DC Comics by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck. 

He is the archenemy of Shazam, who was recently portrayed by Zachary Levi in the 2019 film of the same name. The film was a hit, and it’s no surprise that there are plans to explore more characters which inhabit his world more directly. 

Like many comic-book creations, the character has undergone numerous incarnations. He has been sculpted as an ancient Egyptian antagonist, then elsewhere as a more palatable antihero. 

We can imagine the approach the forthcoming film will take, considering Dwayne Johnson (Rampage, Baywatch) is set to portray him. 


What are his powers?

As outlined by the Fandom, the character harnesses the power of six Egyptian gods: Shu, Heru, Amon, Zehuti, Aton and Mehen. 

The same source lists powers of stamina, speed, flight, super-strength, knowledge and more; he harnesses the power of Egyptian magic. 

So, Shazam is certainly going to have his work cut out for him. Black Adam seems like the full package, of sorts. 

So, why Dwayne Johnson?

As you can tell, the character is incredibly powerful, and honestly, is there any Hollywood actor which comes across as more indestructible than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson?

Johnson can definitely pull off the look of Black Adam too, boasting the physicality and the facial features present in many comic book and cartoon depictions of the renowned nemesis. 

As was the case with Shazam, we suspect that Johnson will embrace the comedic possibilities of the role, in a similar vein to Levi. 

He’s a wonderful comic performer, but also a sensational and charismatic action star. In other words, the upcoming DCEU effort is in great hands. 


What else do we know?

Empire recently confirmed that director Jaume Collet-Serra will be helming the project.

He directed the tension-mounting shark thriller The Shallows back in 2016 and has also delivered such action vehicles as Unknown, Run All Night, Non-Stop and The Commuter

Johnson will also star in another of his forthcoming directorial ventures – Disney’s Jungle Cruise. Clearly, they’re set to be a magnificent pairing. 

Black Adam is currently in pre-production with no estimated release date. 

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