Black Adam trailer teases the origin of The Rock’s anti-hero

The Black Adam trailer reveals why Dwayne Johnson’s DC role operates by a different moral code

Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, as Black Adam in Black Adam trailer

The first official Black Adam trailer has finally arrived.

Black Adam trailer

Released on Wednesday, the Black Adam trailer opens with the titular character (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) arriving at a secluded facility where he appears to have been subjected to tests to determine the extent of his superpowers.

The video then cuts to a flashback sequence, as Black Adam himself reveals how he became who he is today. “I was a slave until I died. Then I was reborn a god,” the antihero shares. “My son sacrificed his life to save me. Now, I kneel before no one.”

While it seems that Black Adam only intends to use his powers for personal gain, like seeking justice for the death of his son, a couple of Justice Society of America (JSA) members are trying to convince him to use his powers for the greater good.

“In this world, there are heroes and there are villains. Heroes don’t kill people,” Carter Hall, aka Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), tells Black Adam in the trailer. The latter, however, makes it clear that he operates by a different moral code, as he does kill people.

Hawkman’s fellow JSA member Kent Nelson, aka Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan), also attempts to bring Black Adam to the good side, telling him: “My vision has shown me the future. You have two choices: You can be the destroyer of this world or you can be its savior. That’s up to you. “

While it remains to be seen whether Black Adam will ultimately become a full-fledged superhero at the end of the movie, the final scene in the trailer proves that he does care about other people. Watch the Black Adam trailer below:

Black Adam – Official Trailer 1

Fan reactions to Black Adam trailer

The Black Adam trailer has been well-received by fans, with many of them getting more excited about the movie after watching the teaser.

A lot of people on Twitter are also hoping that Black Adam will continue the positive streak that The Batman has started for DC, so there will be more Black Adam content in the future, which may eventually lead to the antihero facing off with Shazam or Superman.

Black Adam synopsis

A spinoff of the 2019 movie Shazam!, Black Adam centers on Teth Adam, aka Black Adam, who unleashes his unique form of justice on the modern world after he is freed from his earthly tomb nearly 5,000 years after receiving the almighty powers of the Egyptian gods and being imprisoned just as quickly.

The movie is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and is written by Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines, and Sohrab Noshirvani.

Black Adam cast

In addition to Johnson, Hodge, and Brosnan, Black Adam also stars Noah Centineo as Albert “Al” Rothstein / Atom Smasher, Sarah Shahi as Adrianna Tomaz, Marwan Kenzari as Ishmael, Quintessa Swindell as Maxine Hunkel / Cyclone, and Bodhi Sabongui as Amon.

James Cusati-Moyer, Mo Amer, and Uli Latukefu will also appear in the movie in undisclosed roles.

Black Adam release date

Black Adam will open in U.S. theaters on October 21st.

Sources:, Yahoo Entertainment
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