Following the success of “Shazam,” DC began work on “Black Adam,” a spinoff film starring the former pro wrestler in the eponymous role of the Teth-Adam. Adam is Shazam’s (Billy Baston’s heroic alter-ego) arch-nemesis in the comics, and the two have fought multiple times throughout their chronology.
At this year’s CinemaCon, (via screenrant) members of the press received their first glimpse at the impending Black Adam trailer. One of the sequences had a screenplay that drew a lot of criticism from DC’s die-hard fans, who anticipated a better concept.
Johnson has now turned to Twitter to plead for patience, stating that the film’s puzzling notions all have a purpose that will be revealed when “Black Adam” hits the big screen.
Dwayne Johnson Believes Watching ‘Black Adam’ Will Give Critics A New View
Fans have reacted to a comment made by Johnson’s Black Adam, having seen snippets of the trailer and followed conversations from the press who attended the recently held CinemaCon. The scene with the remark that drew the ire of fans featured a conversation between Black Adam and an unknown individual.
“Heroes don’t kill people…”
“Well I do”
DAAAMMNN! The first #BlackAdam trailer is dark, dangerous & badass. Ends with Black Adam catching a rocket with his bare hand & watching it explode around him. @TheRock says there’s black & white, but this film operates more in the grey. pic.twitter.com/wkRJlkCesh
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) April 27, 2022
“Heroes don’t kill people,” remarked the guy, to which Black Adam replied, “I do,” and then sent the anonymous individual flying into the air with a murderous super punch.
Johnson’s line was deemed absurd by a fan, who pointed out that other DCEU heroes like Aqua man, Batman, Superwoman, and Wonder Woman had all killed many people for various reasons in their different timelines.
Once you watch Black Adam you’ll understand the context of the line. It makes sense.
The mythology of Teth/Black Adam.
Ruthless with zero regard.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 27, 2022
In response to the comments, Johnson opined to fans that all would be coming clear once “Black Adam” debuts in cinema. “Once you watch Black Adam, you’ll understand the context of the line,” the action star said. “It makes sense. The mythology of Teth/Black Adam. Ruthless with zero regard.”
Fans’ Reaction To Dwayne Johnson’s Comment
Following Johnson’s comment that seemed to implore fans to be patient before sharing their views on the film, fans took to the comment section to drop their differing opinions on how Black Adam differed from the other superheroes in the DC cinematic universe.
One fan said: “All the other heroes killed, but either when they were in a dark place (Batman, Aquaman), backed against a corner (Superman), or it was the best strategy & their enemy couldn’t be saved (WW). Otherwise they try not to kill anybody. Killing enemies is Black Adam’s code.”
Another fan then faulted this theory saying that “…Wonder Woman exploded a guy when she could have apprehended him and turned him in to police.”
Fans Are Anticipating The Debut Of ‘Black Adam’s’ Official Trailer
Regardless of conflicting viewpoints, one thing that seems clear is that fans are eagerly awaiting the release of the official thriller to whet their appetites in preparation for Johnson’s debut as a superhero persona.
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In the comic books, “Black Adam” has typically followed a violent path; thus, it may no longer come as a surprise to see a barrage of violent scenes that will provide the first look at DC’s live version of one of their most powerful fictional characters.
Also, Johnson’s “Ruthless with zero regard” remark that hinted that Black Adam is far different emotionally from other DC characters would be illuminated upon in the upcoming trailer, setting up the appropriate buzz for the film’s eventual release.
The Cast Of ‘Black Adam’
According to the film’s IMDB website, “Black Adam” would take place roughly 5,000 years after Johnson’s character was imbued with the Egyptian gods’ incredible powers and imprisoned almost immediately. He has now risen from his earthly grave, ready to cause mayhem on the modern world with his one-of-a-kind brand of justice.
Johnson is joined by Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Sarah Shahi as Adrianna Tomaz, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, Pierce Brosnan as Kent Nelson / Doctor Fate. Marwan Kenzari, James Cusati-Moyer, Bodhi Sabongui, Mo Amer, and Uli Latukefu have also been cast in parts that are still undisclosed.
On October 21, 2022, “Black Adam” will be released in theaters.
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