New Trailer For ”Black Adam” Debuts At Comic-Con (UPDATED)

By Terrance Turner

June 8, 2022 (updated July 23, Sept. 8)

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – JULY 23: Dwayne Johnson speaks onstage at the Warner Bros. theatrical session with “Black Adam” and “Shazam: Fury of the Gods” panel during 2022 Comic Con International: San Diego at San Diego Convention Center on July 23, 2022 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

“You can be the destroyer of this world. Or you can be its savior.”

Attendees at today’s San Diego Comic-Con were treated to a surprise appearance in promotion for the upcoming DC Comics film “Black Adam”. Inside the festival’s Hall H, the voiceover quoted above played in darkness. Then Dwayne Johnson — dressed in costume as Black Adam — rose from the ground. As he emerged, lightning bolts flashed across the screen, and Johnson appeared to float into the air onstage.

“Hall H, you’ve been warned,” Johnson said. “The DC Universe will never be the same again.”

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Johnson later joined cast and crew for a panel discussing the film. He spoke onstage about what it meant to him: “The journey for Black Adam, it has been a long journey, fueled with passion, with commitment, with grit,” he said. “It’s been easily over 10 years. I’ve been working with Jaume [Collet-Serra] for about five years now and so that’s when he came on board for this. The journey has been an incredible one. I love coming to Comic-Con. To be here in Hall H, representing a DC anti-hero is a dream come true. The dream, having been in the business for years now, I’d bring movies here and hope you guys would like them but this is a dream come true.”

Johnson’s surprise appearance was followed by the unveiling of an all-new trailer for the film:

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The official trailer for DC Comics’ upcoming film ”Black Adam” was released in June. It stars Dwayne Johnson as the titular antihero. The trailer offers viewers a preview of the action from the unreleased film.

Black Adam’s first trailer introduces Teth-Adam (Johnson), a man born into enslavement in the fictional country of Kahndaq sometime in the distant past. Though Teth-Adam dies by the hand of his enslavers, he’s brought back to life by a magical bolt of lightning seemingly called down by his son shortly before the boy dies from the strain of the ritual. It’s Teth-Adam’s son’s death in the past that first radicalizes him and emboldens him to use his newfound powers to seek a kind of justice so brutal that those around him are forced to lock him away.

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According to MovieWeb, Black Adam first popped up in 1945 as an ancient, corrupt supervillain who was given extraordinary powers by the wizard Shazam. ”Introduced in The Marvel Family #1 way back in December 1945 by creators Otto Binder and C.C. Beck, the character Black Adam only appeared in one storyline in the Fawcett Comics Era. Black Adam is an ancient Egyptian named Teth-Adam who is chosen by the wizard, who will eventually pick Billy Batson instead. He chooses Billy to be his successor due to his presumed moral purity.

When he says the word ‘Shazam,’ he is transformed into Black Adam, and he uses his powers to kill the pharaoh and take over the throne. For that, the Wizard sends him off to a distant star for his betrayal. Black Adam spends the next 5,000 years flying back to Earth. There he fights Billy Batson, who tricks him into saying the word ‘Shazam,’ reverting him to Teth-Adam and killing him due to 5,000 years of aging.

The character was revived in 1973 when DC Comics gained the rights to publish Captain Marvel and renamed the book Shazam!  (That was due to Marvel Comics now owning the copyright on the Captain Marvel name.) Black Adam would pop up in stories retelling Shazam’s origin and as a powerful opponent to fight characters like Superman.” Over the years, Adam has evolved from Shazam supervillain to morally murky antihero, and it was this ambiguity that attracted director Jaume Collet-Serra to the project.

The director told Entertainment Weekly about his research. “When I started reading about Black Adam, I became really interested in how unconventional of a character he is,” Collet-Serra recalls. “Is he a hero? Is he a villain? Is he an antihero? He has such a unique story, and he goes well with my style and view of the world in general. In a world where not everything is black or white, you need a superhero like him to operate in the gray area, who has his own moral code.”

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Johnson had been interested in playing the character for years. He played an integral role in shepherding the project to the big screen. Collet-Serra credited Johnson with getting the movie made. “It’s always cliché to say that someone was born to play a role. But in this case, it’s true,” the director says. “The movie happened because of him. He’s the energy and the push that got this movie made. Even if it took him a long time to fulfill this dream of his, I think that it’s been worth the wait.”

Plus, Collet-Serra adds with a laugh, the benefit of casting Johnson is that you never need to sew fake muscles into his super-suit: “He doesn’t need any padding!”

In fact, Johnson had the padding for his superhero suit removed. On May 28, he tweeted, ‘“I had the DC costume team remove all the thick muscle padding they put in the original Black Adam suit. The goal is to usher a new era of antihero, so I wanted to put in the hard work and raise the bar.” He showcased the revamped suit in a video several days ago.

‘Black Adam’ will be released on October 21.

UPDATE: The Rock unveiled a new trailer for “Black Adam” tonight, during the NFL Kickoff:

Johnson Opens NFL Season

Johnson also appeared at the beginning of tonight’s NFL season opener between the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills. He delivered an intro at the start of the Super Bowl, when the Rams beat the Bengals in SoFi Stadium. Tonight, Johnson was back in SoFi Stadium, hyping up the crowd with another intro:

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