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Who would win in a fight: Superman or Black Adam? Dwayne Johnson is confident we'll know the answer to that question someday soon. Catching up with Total Film for a teaser piece on Teth-Adam's big screen debut next summer, Johnson (who also serves as an executive producer on the upcoming DC movie) discussed an eventual crossover with the Man of Steel.
"To me, there's a battle that's going to go down one day between Black Adam and Superman. I don't know who that Superman is going to be, and I don't know who's going to play him. That's OK. I don't need to know right now. But I'm confident in knowing that. And that's based out of what fans want."
Still, we're getting a little ahead of ourselves. After all, Black Adam isn't even in theaters yet! Serving as a companion piece to the world of Billy Batson, the project will shine a spotlight on an earlier conduit of the wizard known as Shazam. Teth-Adam's story begins in ancient Egypt, where he goes from slave to magical juggernaut fueled by familial grief.
Director Jaume Collet-Serra (he and Johnson previously worked together on Disney's Jungle Cruise) compared the nearly 80-year-old antihero to a pair of classic Clint Eastwood characters: The Man with No Name and Dirty Harry. Johnson got right to the point with his own description, calling Black Adam "a bad motherf***er." Sounds about right.
"We paid attention to some of the pitfalls that other films had experienced in the past, in the world of DC, and what, rightfully, got a lot of fans unhappy and pissed. And as a fan, I was one of them," the actor/producer continued. "So, let's make sure we respect tradition and mythology, but let's not be handcuffed creatively. We can do anything if we keep the audience first."
Based on the Total Film article, it sounds as though Black Adam starts out as a full-blown antagonist, prompting the Justice Society of America to come together in an effort to bring him down. As we all probably know, Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), and Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell) are all part of the heroic lineup.
"You have a couple of seasoned veterans like Hawkman and Doctor Fate, and you have a couple of newbies like Atom Smasher and Cyclone," Collet-Sera explained. "And that chemistry and coming together to try and defeat someone who's undefeatable like Black Adam creates a lot of interesting situations without having the pressure to carry the whole movie. That's a much more fresh way in."
Clark Kent better watch his back!
Black Adam ditches the pyramid for theaters on July 29, 2022.