The Rock’s Black Adam Plans to Be “Inventive” and Reshape the Comic Book Movie

The goal for Dwayne Johnson’s superhero project Black Adam is to be inventive and “reshape what a comic book movie is,” says cinematographer Lawrence Sher, who boarded the project after shooting the Todd Phillips-directed Joker for Warner Bros. Black Adam reunites Johnson with his Jungle Cruise director Jaume Collet-Serra, and Johnson describes the titular anti-hero as a “rebellious, one of a kind superhero” who will “always do what’s right for the people — but he does it his way.” Traditionally the arch enemy of Shazam (Zachary Levi) in the DC comic books, Black Adam is a role “unlike any other” Johnson has played in his blockbuster career — and his first superhero movie looks to carve out its own space in the comic book movie genre.

“One of my interests about it is to continue to sort of — and we’ve talked about it with Dwayne and obviously with Jaume and DC — can we continue to sort of reshape what a comic book movie is?” Sher said during a Joker Q&A hosted by Collider. “Like yes, of course you want it to be entertaining and it has to make a decent amount of money so it can’t live in such a fringe place that it doesn’t bring people in, but can we do something inventive? So that’s the goal is to continue to try to do something a bit inventive with it.”

Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions partner Hiram Garcia previously told ComicBook.com their anti-hero is one who is family-driven and acting on a moral compass — “skewed as it may be” — and he's a super-powered figure who is “never opposed to unleashing hell when you cross him.”

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“Those are things that we love about him because he’s complicated,” Garcia said. “He’s not just justice for all. And he’s not just a villain. This is a guy who’s complex, who’s had many things happen to him and that all shows in his actions. So this a guy who’s going through a journey. He will find himself, but where it goes, you guys will have to find out. But believe me, we know as a huge fan myself, this is a guy who is complicated and vicious.”

In October, Johnson revealed the movie — a 10-plus-year passion project for Johnson — goes into production in July. Warner Bros. then unleashes Black Adam Dec. 22, 2021.