'Black Adam': AAPI Heritage Month Must-See Movies

We're highlighting the upcoming DCEU film "Black Adam," starring AAPI superstar Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as the popular comic book nemesis of "Shazam."

Chuck Walton

By Chuck Walton

Black Adam AAPI Heritage Month

© Columbia Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection

Sort of like Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator, genre movie fans are highly anticipating AAPI megastar Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson starring in his own anti-hero comic book movie as the DCEU's "Black Adam."

The Movie

Details of the movie's exact storyline aren't entirely known yet, but here's what we do know. The film's currently in production and shooting in Atlanta, Georgia. The release date is set for next summer, July 29, 2022.

After a long period of development, Dwayne Johnson will star as Teth-Adam, also known as Black Adam. Much like his nemesis Shazam, Black Adam derives his powers from the same ancient wizard (also Shazam). In a later film, Black Adam and Shazam will confront each other.

Here's the ultra-cool teaser that played at DC FanDome.

Also appearing in "Black Adam": various members of the Justice Society of America. Aldis Hodge will play JSA leader Hawkman. Noah Centineo is the molecular-swapping hero Atom Smasher. Quintessa Swindell is wind-and-sound-controlling Cyclone. And Pierce Brosnan is the sorcery expert known as Doctor Fate.

How much of an anti-hero or supervillain persona will Dwayne Johnson as the title character embrace? Time will tell, but Johnson does look the part of the comic book icon, and we know fans have been waiting awhile to see him take on the mantle.

The AAPI Connection

It's all about The Rock. He's the driving force behind this project, the 11th film in the D.C. Extended Universe. "Black Adam" in the hands of Dwayne Johnson will become an AAPI groundbreaker, in particular because this lead blockbuster character is not really a good guy. Still, he is The Rock. So everyone will still want a part of what he's cooking.

Why You Should See It

Director Jaume Collet-Sera is a proven hand at commercial action. He's helmed the Liam Neeson action flicks "Unknown," "Non-Stop" and "Run All Night." He also directed the excellent Blake Lively shark thriller "The Shallows." And Dwayne Johnson asked him to join the "Black Adam" after working with him alongside Emily Blunt in this summer's "Jungle Cruise."

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

With Collet-Sera and The Rock, audiences are in good hands for a topflight antihero movie.

Did You Know

The last time Dwayne Johnson played anything close to a "bad" guy (sorta) in a movie was 2001's "The Mummy Returns." Strangely enough, it was in that decade when he first considered playing this bad dude, with Johnson considering the role of Black Adam as far back as 2007. Fans of the character loved the idea back then. 15 years later, they'll finally get their wish.

Chuck Walton

Chuck is an editor/writer who's worked for NCM, Fandango, Movies.com, MediaTrip, Hollywood.com and Newsweek. His favorite movie is "Jaws." He's definitely a dog guy.

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