Dwayne Johnson says Black Adam is the future of the DC Universe

DrWayne Johnson, aka The Rock, has been trying to get a movie about DC Comics anti-black hero Adam for over 10 years. Black Adam, the fan-favorite character, is a modern-day slave turned god and reborn. Unlike most superheroes, he has no qualms about killing his enemies.

Johnson finally managed to take the stage in full spandex as a character in the iconic Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. The actor emerged from the fog created by the smoke machines, seemingly flying over the crowd, with lightning flashing on the screen behind him and declaring, “The DC Universe will never be the same.”

This is true. The DC Universe is in transition. Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck have retired from playing the roles of Superman and Batman in the DC Universe. Warner Bros. coming flash The movie was conspicuously missing from its showing at Comic-Con as star Ezra Miller faces a series of legal troubles. While Warner Bros. tells. Many stories across different land – from blueprint joker sequals a second Shazam! It was also taken out at Comic-Con – fans are eagerly awaiting the possibility of another type of blockbuster.

It may come with the Justice Society of America, which was introduced to the DC Entertainment Universe in black Adam Where he sent a team of heroes to stop the titular character. The team will be led by Dr. Viet from Pierce Brosnan. It also includes an Atom Smasher (To all the boys I’ve ever loveds Noah Centineo and Hawkmanstraight from Compton’Aldis Hodge).

“The idea was how we could create something new and unique, perhaps showing and creating things that had not been done before,” Johnson said of the complex character. “But also if our goal… is to usher in a new era of the DC universe, what does that mean? What does that character mean? What does it mean to build a DC universe with the Justice community as well?”

The trailer that premiered during the Comic-Con panel began with footage of Johnson Black Adam turning the soldiers who woke him up into skeletons, ripping their arms off, and helicopters crashing into each other, clearly proving that Black Adam is not a hero. Historically, even so-called villains like Sony’s Venom or Marvel Loki They eventually become heroes in their own universes. Johnson quipped that Black Adam would operate in a moral gray area.

“When the system is broken and corrupt and unable to protect the innocent, sometimes you need someone to break the system,” said director Jaume Collet-Serra, comparing the character to Dirty Hairy.

“Maybe we can release a new era in the DC Universe, maybe it’s time to shift, get in there and disrupt a bit,” Johnson added. “And listen to the fans.”

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