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Dwayne Johnson sells the hell out of ‘Black Adam’

Concept art of Dwayne Johnson as the antihero Black Adam. (Courtesy of DC Comics)

Dwayne Johnson has been sitting on this role for 10 years, so you better believe he came to DC FanDome prepared to win people over.

Consider me won over.

Johnson delivered a whole show of concept art, complete with narration that sounded as if he was embodying Black Adam himself. He covered his slave origins as Teth-Adam in the fictional, Middle Eastern nation of Kahndaq. The scale and beauty seen in these images is outstanding and looks poised to rival what we saw of Themyscira in “Wonder Woman” or ancient Atlantis in “Aquaman.”

“Black Adam” concept art.

“We are going to go beyond your wildest expectations,” Johnson told fans.

He also delivered lots of teases aside from Black Adam himself, including a possible showdown with Superman at some point and unveiling the Justice Society’s involvement in the film.

Noah Centineo (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”) joined the panel and confirmed that he will, in fact, be playing Atom Smasher, a member of the Justice Society able to increase his size to rival that of the Eiffel Tower or Empire State Building, as Centineo pointed out.

The Justice Society will also feature Doctor Fate, Hawkman and Cyclone – a trio of fan favorites that have yet to be seen in live-action film. But even together, they may not be enough to stop Black Adam. Johnson finished the panel by putting the rest of the DC Universe on notice, including all of the Justice League heroes.

“The hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change,” Johnson said.

Black Adam has never been a top-tier foe or one of my personal favorite DC characters, but I’m starting to think he’ll be a household name by the time The Rock is finished with him.

“Black Adam” is scheduled to hit theaters on December 22, 2021.

The “Black Adam” poster revealed at DC FanDome. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

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Johnny Sobczak is an entertainment journalist and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in Media and Journalism and minored in Global Cinema. Johnny is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association and has been with Inside the Film Room since August 2019. He was named Senior Writer in January 2020 and co-hosts the Inside the Film Room podcast with Zach Goins. Johnny spends his days job-hunting, watching films and obsessing over every new detail of Denis Villeneuve's "Dune."

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