Dwayne Johnson shared two pictures from the Black Adam film, and it is unsettling

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has posted two separate photos on his Instagram, both of which tie into the newest installment of the DCEU: Black Adam.

The two black-and-white photos — which were posted on Dwayne Johnson’s social media — showcase the newest film in the DCEU franchise and the unsettling tone that it will present.  The first post was published on March 22, 2021, giving the newest look at the BTS of the movie.  

The set looks to take place in Kahndaq — Black Adam’s birthplace — judging by the pillars on the left side of the picture.  Kahndaq takes inspiration from the real life country of Egypt. In 1600 B.C., super-villain Ahk-Ton burned and savagely destroyed the city, slaughtering everyone in his way, including Black Adam’s wife and children. The character was later driven insane, swearing his life to the protection of Kahndaq.

Judging by the context, since the set is covered in the rubble of what could be a ravaged battlefield, it could take inspiration from the villain’s origin story returning to take back the city.

Another theory is that it is during the battle between Johnson’s Black Adam and the JSA (Justice Society of America). 

The Justice Society of America was the first team of superheroes appearing in the DC Universe during the time of World War 2.  They reformed in modern comics but were put in the backseat of the Justice League and the Teen Titans, focusing more on preserving the legacy of heroes rather than saving the world from global conflict. 

The only JSA members confirmed to appear in the Black Adam film are Atom-Smasher, Hawkman, Cyclone, and Doctor Fate — others could be name-called or announced in the future.

His caption for the behind-the-scenes picture shows the gratitude he has for the crew involved with the project.

“Wanted to show you guys this cool shot of our enormous sound stages and massive production efforts and scale.”  Later adding, “Zoom in and take a look.  We’re hitting our midway point stride and our A-team production crew continue to showcase why they are the best in the industry.”

The second picture the Rock posted is a live-action look at the malicious Black Adam.  He is covered with a ragged cloak, but his boots and face are still visible in the dark setting.

His caption for the photo gave a quick recap of who the notorious villain is.

“If you know the comic book mythology, then you know where his pain comes from,” the actor wrote. “His rage. His wife and children killed. His people brutally enslaved. He is not a superhero, but rather a champion. Champion of the poor and beaten down. Champion of the people. And he is the most unstoppable force in the DC UNIVERSE.”

“[…] wanted to give you guys a little [Black Adam] update and share this image with you from set,” Johnson said. “Production is coming along GREAT and I’m very pleased with the movie we’re making. Black Adam’s mythology, ethics and actions no doubt will create a new paradigm in the world of superheroes, villains & antiheroes.” Johnson ended the post by stating, “The power will shift. The line will blur. From a slave to a God.”

First rumored to take on the character back in 2007, Johnson was, and still is, heavily involved with the Black Adam project.  It was confirmed on Sept 3, 2014, that he will play the ruler of Khandaq, but it was uncertain exactly when.   

Over the past decade, the film was put at a halt.  The studio was still hesitant with what they wanted to do with the character, first deciding to introduce Black Adam as a cameo in an earlier DC project.  Sadly, that plan never came to fruition. 

The team started shooting the film on Apr 12, 2021, as reported by Johnson on his social media.  

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, Black Adam will star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Noah Centineo, Aldis Hodge, Quintessa Swindell, Pierce Brosnan, Marwan Kenzari, Sarah Shahi, James Cusati-Moyer and Bodhi Sabongui.  The movie, if you don’t know, will go over the adventures of Black Adam and his untimely meeting with the JSA, ultimately setting up his return for the Shazam sequel. Black Adam arrives in theatres on July 29, 2022.

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