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Black Adam movie release date, trailer, cast and more

DWAYNE JOHNSON on the set of New Line Cinema’s action adventure “BLACK ADAM,”
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The Black Adam movie is getting closer to finally being here, and we now we have a trailer. An actual trailer with characters potential plot points, and a lot of shots of Dwayne Johnson's furrowed brow.

We're excited for this opportunity to see The Rock embody a being even more powerful — and just as rambunctious — as his own wrestling persona. That's Teth-Adam, aka Black Adam, a magical being whose origins date back 5,000 years, but arrives in a much-more modern time to tackle the team that pre-dates the Justice League. 

But when will we actually see the Black Adam movie? And how much of an anti-hero will he turn out to be? We're digging through comics history and recent press events to spell it all out. 

As Johnson has teased out, Black Adam will not exactly be a good guy. The premise of the film, which will show his origins thousands of years ago and then bring him closer to present day, is based around his rebellion against how super-powered beings are supposed to act. 

On social media, Johnson wrote that Black Adam "is blessed by magic with the powers equal to Superman, but the difference is he doesn’t toe the mark or walk the line. He’s a rebellious, one of a kind superhero, who’ll always do what’s right for the people — but he does it his way."

Black Adam movie release date and poster

Black Adam is arriving on October 21, 2022. This is the movie's third release date, thanks a number of awkward delays relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and post-production issues.

Dwayne Johnson originally announced the movie would arrive on December 22 2021. This was later pushed back to July 29, 2022, and then again to October. Hopefully this is the last time the movie gets delayed, because it feels like it's been in production forever.

Black adam movie poster featuring dwayne the rock johnson

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Black Adam movie trailer and clips

The first trailer for Black Adam was shown off at CinemaCon 2022, and kept hidden from the public at large. Us mere mortals, who don't own our own movie theaters, had to wait until early June — when Warner Bros release the trailer online.

The trailer reveals our best look at Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo) and Hawkman (Aldis Hodge) — three members of the Justice Society of America. Plus we get to see more of Dwayne Johnson in his black lightning bolt-infused suit, and blowing up an awful lot of stuff.

Oh, and there's a scene that absolutely looks like it was lifted from the very first Iron Man movie.

A preview video also debuted at DC Fandome 2021, back in October,  featuring shots of Dwayne in full costume. We also got to meet his supporting cast, and a clip where he incinerates a dude's skull to ash.

Black Adam movie cast

The Black Adam movie's first stages date back to September 2014, when Dwayne Johnson was tapped to play the titular hero. 

In July 2020, casting picked up as Noah Centineo was selected for the role of Atom Smasher, a member of the JSA with the ability to alter his size and strength. In September of that yeare, more JSA positions were filled as Aldis Hodge joined the film as Hawkman, followed by Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone in December. Pierce Brosnan signed on in March 2021 to play the mystically-inclined Doctor Fate.

The full, announced cast, is as follows:

  • Dwayne Johnson as  Teth-Adam | Black Adam
  • Pierce Brosnan as Kent Nelson | Doctor Fate
  • Aldis Hodge as Carter Hall | Hawkman
  • Quintessa Swindell as Maxine Hunkell |Cyclone
  • Noah Centineo as Al Rothstein | Atom Smasher
  • Sarah Shahi in a Adrianna Tomax | Isis
  • Marwan Kenzari in a TBA role

Black Adam movie set photos

As noted below, previous set photos from Black Adam left us wanting more. And Total Film (opens in new tab) has delivered what we've been waiting for, with this excellent shot of Johnson in his gear.

Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam

(Image credit: Total Film)

The below photo could be a set replicating anywhere in the world, but it's one of our first looks into the world of the Black Adam movie. Stay tuned for more.

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Henry T. Casey
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Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.