The success of the DC Extended Universe’s take on Shazam! no doubt left many DC Comics fans wondering about the status of the long-in-development Black Adam movie. That film is set to star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the titular villain (and sometimes antihero), though little else is known about the movie. That’s changing, though.
Now, a director for Black Adam has finally been announced, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Jaume Collet-Serra will direct the solo film starring Johnson as Teth-Adam, powerful nemesis to Billy Batson, the child with the power to turn into the hero Shazam by uttering the name of the wizard who granted him his powers.
Jaume Collet-Serra might not be a household name, but he is known among the film’s cast, having just come off directing Disney’s Jungle Cruise alongside Johnson. It’s still unclear what the plot of the Black Adam film will be, or if it will see the villain go up against his superhero rival on the big screen.
Created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck, Black Adam first debuted under Fawcett Comics in 1945 before the rights to the character were acquired by DC Comics. The character was indirectly referenced in Shazam! In the DCEU, Black Adam was the Council of Wizards' former champion who was exiled after betraying those who had granted him his power.