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With one of the world's most popular movie stars set to join his ranks including Wonder Woman, Batman and Shazam, the DC Universe cast is about to get even bigger.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson finally committed himself to the role of Black Adam, a character he's been surrounding for well over ten years.
Here's all you need to know about the Black Adam movie, including which other superheroes could be making an appearance -
When does Black Adam come out in the movies?
On December 22, 2021, Black Adam will be released. Johnson confirmed that the film was due to start filming at the end of the summer during an Instagram live in April 2020.
With all the major delays hitting the film industry in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, at this stage it is unclear whether the production kick-off of Black Adam will be postponed or whether its release date will be changed.
Who is Black Adam?
Black Adam has a complex history, beginning back in 1945 as a creation of the now defunct Fawcett Comics company.
However, the character we know him today began to emerge in the 1970s, when DC Comics bought the rights to add to their own universe to Black Adam, Shazam, and several other associated characters.
As is often the case with DC's heroes, over time, various details about Black Adam – like his origin and personality – have shifted.
The Power of Shazam in one tale! – Written by Jerry Ordway in 1994 – Black Adam is portrayed as originating from the fictional Middle Eastern Kahndaq country, thousands of years ago.
Born "Teth-Adam," son of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II, Shazam, the high priest and wizard, rewarded him with incredible powers.
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His powers allowed him to transform "Mighty Adam" into a superhero simply by saying the word: "Shazam."
But when he finds himself corrupted by the demon Blaze (the wizard's daughter Shazam) – who persuades him to overthrow the pharaoh and rule in his place – Shazam punishes Adam by stripping him of his powers and sealing them in a scarab.
This causes Adam to catch up with centuries of ageing, which quickly reduces him to a withered corpse. In the tomb of Ramesses II, the wizard buries him and the scarab-" Teth-Adam "becomes" Khem Adam "or" Black Adam.
His distant ancestor (and archaeologist) Theo Adam, who goes to extreme lengths to possess the scarab, is discovering remains of Black Adam in the present day. He assassinates his bosses, the Batsons, who happen to be young Billy Batson's parents (later, Captain Marvel / Shazam).
When the wizard Shazam decides to build a new superhero by giving Batson similar powers to those of Black Adam-transforming him into Captain Marvel (now known as Shazam)-Theo uses the scarab to assume his ancestor's powers.
The two battle, with the triumphant former emerging.
Black Adam returns in the JSA series, claiming to have freed himself from the hold of Theo Adam.
Black Adam has slowly transitioned over the years from outright villain to more of an antihero.
Johnson explained in an Instagram post that it was that rebellious nature which attracted him to the role.