Dwayne Johnson is enthused to finally portray the iconic DC antihero Black Adam in his own solo film while comparing the character to the DC Universe's flagship superhero.
While receiving a generation award at 2019's MTV Movie & Television Awards and promoting his next film, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Johnson spoke briefly about what he finds so appealing about starring in and producing the planned Black Adam film.
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"Black Adam has the same powers as Superman," declared Johnson in a backstage interview with MTV. "Think about that! That's why it's so cool and exciting."
A film starring the longtime antihero and Shazam Family antagonist has been in development since early 2000, though it's several production snags along the way. It recently signed Jaume Collet-Serra to direct the film, reuniting him with Johnson after the two previously worked together on the upcoming Jungle Cruise for Disney.
Created by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck in 1945's The Marvel Family #1, Black Adam was hinted at in this year's Shazam! as the first magical champion selected by the titular wizard though never clearly shown on screen. No release date has been announced for the Black Adam film.