Keeping in line with his DC persona, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says Black Adam doesn’t “give a f—ck” about the Suicide Squad. Amanda Waller’s team of convicted supervillains who embark on deadly missions in exchange for reduced sentences was first introduced to the DC Extended Universe in David Ayer’s 2016 film Suicide Squad. Last year, James Gunn’s quasi-sequel brought back Harley Quinn, Rick Flag, and Captain Boomerang (briefly) while introducing a plethora of oddball characters to Task Force X's lineup of anti-heroes. Now, however, director Jaume Collet-Serra's upcoming Black Adam is set to introduce what could be Warner Bros./DC Films’ most ruthless anti-hero in Johnson’s titular character.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
The former WWE superstar turned A-list action hero has been attached to the role of Black Adam for nearly a decade. As one of the most formidable figures in DC lore, Johnson has repeatedly hyped how his character will redefine the hierarchy of power in the DCEU. In the comics, the character is an Egyptian slave who is granted superpowers by the ancient wizard Shazam. The first official trailer for Black Adam teased his tragic backstory and vow never to be enslaved again. In short, the anti-hero does whatever he pleases even if that means killing. In the present, Black Adam’s indifference leads to a confrontation with the Justice Society of America, which includes Pierce Brosnan's Dr. Fate, Noah Centineo's Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell's Cyclone, and Aldis Hodge's Hawkman.
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Johnson regularly uses his gargantuan social media presence to promote all of his films. Recently, he took to his official account to announce Black Adam’s Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con later this month. In response to Johnson’s claim that Black Adam is “the MOST electrifying man in all of the DC universe,” one fan questioned that by referencing Suicide Squad and Jared Leto's Joker. Johnson then replied, “Black Adam doesn’t give a f—ck.” Check out the exchange below:
No, because Black Adam doesn’t give a fuck.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 8, 2022
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It’s safe to say Johnson is bringing his aloof pro-wrestling attitude to the role of Black Adam. In many ways, The Rock was born to play a superhero, and his upcoming comic book movie should be a defining moment for the actor—something he’s well aware of as he has big plans to portray Black Adam for years to come. Following DC Films’ abandonment of the SnyderVerse (not to mention the recent controversy with Ezra Miller and The Flash), the DCEU has ostensibly hit the reset button as it continues to search for its anchor. Alongside The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker, Black Adam should help to spearhead the universe’s next chapter. However, it remains to be seen exactly how Johnson's character will fit into the wider DCEU; the long-awaited film will likely fill in some of those blanks when it debuts in October.
Aside from members of The Suicide Squad—who would undoubtedly not get along with Black Adam—fans want to see Johnson’s character clash with Henry Cavill’s Superman or John Cena’s Christopher Smith/Peacemaker. As he often considers the fandom, Johnson recently teased a potential Superman cameo in Black Adam. Even if that doesn’t come to pass, his character is poised to interact with more than just the JSA in the future. Whoever that may be, Black Adam will almost certainly not “give a f—ck” about them when he arrives in theaters later this year.