Black Adam Star Dwayne Johnson Has NSFW Response to the Threat of Shazam!

If you've ever wanted to roast your arch-nemesis to millions of people on Twitter, then you get the appeal of this: after a fan compared Black Adam to Shazam, Black Adam star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson dropped an F-bomb on Twitter in response. That's a nice, if unintentional, bit of meta-humor, since Zachary Levi wasn't even involved in the conversation, but has repeatedly (jokingly) called out Henry Cavill's Superman, never to attract a response from the Man of Steel star. If that isn't reflective of Superman's and Black Adam's approaches to conflict, we don't know what is.

In the comics, Black Adam is a supervillain, and Shazam's greatest foe. In the movies, he's being reframed as an antihero, and his connection to Shazam seems a bit tenuous. Black Adam was only briefly referenced in the first Shazam! movie.

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Few specifics are known about Black Adam, with Johnson opting for pithy teasers like saying that the "balance of power in the DC Universe is about to change," or that "history is in the making" with the film's production. The star admits he would like to do more Black Adam films, so while this one seems pretty stand-alone it's possible his world could get more interconnected with the rest of DC's heroes and villains.

In the comics, Black Adam is Teth-Adam, an Egyptian slave who was granted the powers of the wizard Shazam. He used the powers to exact bloody revenge on not just his masters, but various others who he thought deserved it, and the wizard ultimately locked him away for centuries for abusing the power of Shazam. In Shazam!, there is a brief reference to the event when the wizard says, simply, that he once had a champion who misused his powers. Adam wasn't named, and there was no follow-up as to exactly what he did or how he stopped being the wizard's champion. 

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In a teaser for the new movie, it appears archaeologists, along with a military or mercenary backup team, arrive at a temple not unlike the Rock of Eternity in Shazam!. When they uncover an inscription and say an incantation that includes the name of Shazam, Adam arrives and swiftly dispatches some of the soldiers who take aim at him.

Black Adam is set to be released on July 29, 2022.