Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the most popular action stars of the 21st century. He plays both villains and heroes with equal skill, and in Black Adam he’ll be combining both in one role. In DC’s Fandome, Johnson announced he would be playing Black Adam, one of Captain Marvel’s prime nemeses , as an anti-hero rather than a villain.

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“Five thousand years ago, Kahndaq was a melting pot of cultures, wealth, power and magic. But most of us had nothing, except for the chains around our necks. Kahndaq needed a hero … instead, they got me. I did what needed to be done, and they imprisoned me for it. Now, five thousand years later, I am free. And I give you my word: no one will ever stop me again.”

Noah Centineo, who is scheduled to play Prince Adam and his alter ego He-Man in the reboot of Masters of the Universe (currently in pre-production), will be superhero Al Rothstein, aka the Atom Smasher (whom comic book readers will remember as Nuklon from All-Star Squadron and Infinity, Inc.) Other roles in the movie, including whether or not Zachary Levi will return as the Big Red Cheese, have not been announced yet.

Black Adam is currently set for a holiday release December 22, 2021. However, as we’ve seen before release dates can change.

Black Adam stars Dwayne Johnson (the voice of Maui in Moana, Captain Frank in Disney’s Jungle Cruise). The movie is being directed by Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra (best known for his horror work on House of Wax, The Shallows, and Extinction). The script was written by American actor-producer Adam Sztykiel, who co-wrote the Dwayne Johnson movie Rampage and wrote the comedy Spaced Out.

They “needed a hero. They got me.” Are you looking forward to seeing Black Adam as a liberator/avenger instead of a villain?

” I have a knack for destroying bullies. But there are some who think I need help: Hawkman, Dr Fate, and their new recruits Cyclone and Atom Smasher. They call themselves the Justice Society, an organization that believes in fighting for truth and justice. Well, I’m going to teach them, the only beliefs I fight for are mine. Welcome to truth, justice and the Black Adam way!”


Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress ”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.