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Black Adam: Dwayne Johnson (Finally) Announces Production Start Date

Dwayne Johnson and Black Adam

At last, Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam film has a production start date.

On Twitter, Johnson responded to a sculptor who created a piece that depicted the Jumanji star as Black Adam. "Very cool man, thank you. Amazing detail," he wrote. "This project has been with me for over 10 years. Production begins this July. Appreciate the support."

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A film starring the longtime antihero and Shazam Family antagonist has been in development since early 2000, though it hit 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.

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Black Adam was created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck in 1945, first appearing in “Marvel Family” #1. While the character was created as a foil for Shazam (the character formerly known as Captain Marvel), Black Adam has gone on to play a larger role within the DC universe, including as one of the leads in 2006’s weekly series 52.

Black Adam was hinted at in this year's Shazam!, though he was never clearly shown on screen. A flashback suggested Black Adam was the Council of Wizards' former champion, who was exiled after betraying those who had granted him his power.

No release date has been announced for the Black Adam film, but production is expected to kick off in July.

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