Dwayne Johnson says they will begin filming Black Adam in summer 2020. DC has been planning a Black Adam movie since 2014 and now with the success of Shazam!, the development of the film is in motion. The synopsis of the movie is pretty unclear and the only hint of the character was the tease in Shazam!. Earlier, Black Adam was going to appear in Shazam!, but the director felt that he needs a film and story of his own.
Jaume Collet Serra, the man behind films like House of Wax and Orphan, is going to direct Black Adam. Serra wants the Black Adam movie to be the ‘Dirty Harry’ of Superhero Films.
Well, who is Black Adam?
Black Adam is the original champion of the wizards. Overcome by his desire and hunger for power, he was banished for eternity but escaped. Following his escape, Black Adam became the archnemesis of the superhero Shazam.
The powerset of Black Adam is similar to Shazam, the only difference being that Shazam derives his powers from Greek Gods while Black Adam from Egyptians. They are almost equally powerful, the latter being more experienced.
The two characters have already appeared in the animated short Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam.
Hawkman reportedly appearing in the Black Adam movie
There are rumors that another character might join Black Adam with Hawkman reportedly set to appear. The casting and his role are not precise so far, but he will be an excellent addition to the DCEU. Both Black Adam and Hawkman are historical characters sharing some common attributes.
More about Hawkman
His origin being magical, Carter Hall is the modern-day reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian prince named Khufu. Thanks to the use of Nth-metal, DC’s counterpart of Marvel’s Uru, Hawkman possess several powers such as flight, super strength, and many energy-based powers. Hawkmans’ romance with Hawkgirl is quite famous in the comics, and both are closely related.
Though Hawkman has never appeared in live-action movies, it is a good chance for DC to introduce a new character with a very different powerset and weapons
Look into the future
Shazam and Black Adam will have a crossover in a future DC film, and their standalone movies are setting strong foundations for them. Black Adam himself is a very famous villain, making it to numerous lists of the Top 20 villains of all time. He has been through grief, lost his family, and his backstory makes him the perfect choice for the next DC villain. With Hawkman now joining the Shazam series, it will be interesting to see which way the story curves.
The Shazam movie itself was an improvement for DC live-action movies, and we hope that that streak continues. For now, we can expect a release date of Spring 2021 for the Black Adam movie with Hawkman joining in.