Black Adam is very possibly the most important film of the year for Warner Bros. With a substantially trimmed down film slate and the Shazam! sequel pushed to 2023, Black Adam stands alone as the marquee action film of 2022 for WB.
If a studio’s hopes have to hinge on one person, it’s hard to find a better candidate than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who has put his considerable marketing might behind the film, including an electrifying presentation at San Diego Comic-Con this past July.
Today, Warner Bros. released the second full trailer for Black Adam and it did not disappoint. It not only highlighted Johnson’s Black Adam as neither hero, nor villain, but it gave us the best look yet at the inevitable conflict between the titular character and the Justice Society.
Aldis’ Hodge’s Hawkman enjoyed some more spotlight in this trailer, even if we did see him get ragdolled by Adam. And who doesn’t enjoy seeing more of Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller? I know fans wouldn’t complain if Black Adam found a way to give Waller’s other focus, John Cena’s Peacemaker, a cameo in the film.
Most importantly, the trailer did its job in hyping up the film, which is just over one month away. It’s full of action, impressive visuals and teases an intriguing storyline.
Yesterday, in anticipation of the new trailer, Warner Bros. also released the full theatrical poster and some great character posters for the film. The full poster, which like all blockbuster films nowadays, includes all the major characters, actually did quite a nice job of balancing the aesthetics with the floating heads. Check out the gallery of posters below!
Black Adam premieres in theaters October 21, 2022!
THE WORLD NEEDED A HERO… IT GOT BLACK ADAM
From New Line Cinema, Dwayne Johnson stars in the action adventure “Black Adam.” The first-ever feature film to explore the story of the DC Super Hero comes to the big screen under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra (“Jungle Cruise”).
In ancient Kahndaq, Teth Adam was bestowed the almighty powers of the gods. After using these powers for vengeance, he was imprisoned, becoming Black Adam. Nearly 5,000 years have passed and Black Adam has gone from man, to myth, to legend. Now released, his unique form of justice, born out of rage, is challenged by modern day heroes who form the Justice Society: Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Atom Smasher and Cyclone.
Johnson stars alongside Aldis Hodge (“City on a Hill,” “One Night in Miami”) as Hawkman, Noah Centineo (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”) as Atom Smasher, Sarah Shahi (“Sex/Life,” “Rush Hour 3”), Marwan Kenzari (“Murder on the Orient Express,” “The Mummy”), Quintessa Swindell (“Voyagers,” “Trinkets”) as Cyclone, Mo Amer (“Mo,” “Ramy”), Bodhi Sabongui (“A Million Little Things”), and Pierce Brosnan (the “Mamma Mia!” and James Bond franchises) as Dr. Fate.
Collet-Serra directed from a screenplay written by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, based on characters from DC, based on characters created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck. The film’s producers are Beau Flynn, Hiram Garcia, Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, with Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Chris Pan, Walter Hamada, Adam Schlagman, Geoff Johns, Eric McLeod and Scott Sheldon executive producing.
The director’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-nominated director of photography Lawrence Sher (“Joker”), production designer Tom Meyer (“Real Steel”), editors Mike Sale (“Red Notice,” “Skyscraper”) and John Lee (“Anyone Home?”), costume designers Kurt and Bart (“Deadpool 2,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2”), Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer (“Life of Pi,” “Wonder Woman”), and composer Lorne Balfe (“Black Widow”).
New Line Cinema Presents a Seven Bucks/Flynn Co. Production, A Jaume Collet-Serra Film, “Black Adam,” smashing into theaters and IMAX internationally beginning 19 October 2022, in North America on October 21, 2022. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.
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