Much has been said about Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's decades-long journey to try and bring Black Adam to the big screen. However, we never really got a detailed look at The Rock's DCEU debut despite getting a brief trailer a few months ago at DC FanDome 2021. Thankfully, The Rock has obliged and given fans some of their best looks yet at the Hollywood superstar in full costume.
Black Adam is not your typical superhero movie
If it wasn't already made clear in the previous previews, teases, and trailer, Black Adam is not a lighthearted superhero film. The upcoming movie, which stars Johnson as the titular anti-hero, is more in line with Amazon Prime's darker take on the usually bright and jolly genre like The Boys and Invincible. To further drive the point home, Johnson released a couple of clear and detailed behind-the-scenes photos of himself as Black Adam in full gear.
The new set photos come just days after Johnson revealed a small close-up look at Black Adam and it's clear just how much effort the production team put into making sure that Johnson's Black Adam is comic accurate. The stills, which features Johnson with a hood on and without one, show just how closely his live-action adaptation's costume matches the source material. We also get to see just how dedicated and hands-on Johnson is, watching footage in between takes to make the film the best version that it can be.
Black Adam is a big deal for the DCEU and superhero movies, in general. It's not necessarily R-18, but it will "push the boundaries" of violence. Not to mention, it's one of the few superhero movies to completely revolve around an anti-hero and not a full-on villain or vigilante. We don't know exactly how Johnson will portray Black Adam in the film, but we've seen how his character won't hesitate to kill.
Having said that, a lot is also hinging on Black Adam. The DCEU desperately needs its live-action movies to do well. After The Suicide Squad bombed at the global box office, their "post-pandemic" slate must do better. It's not just because it'll be nice to see Warner Bros. and the DCEU pull through, but more competition is always better for audiences.
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