The Rock teases Black Adam role in new Instagram photo with Henry Cavill
Given all of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's upcoming projects (Baywatch, Jumanji, The Fate of the Furious), fans would be forgiven for forgetting that he is also signed up to play DC Comics supervillain Black Adam. But Johnson reminded fans of that role with a Christmas Instagram in which he appeared alongside Superman actor Henry Cavill.
"Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Black Adam and Superman," Johnson wrote in the post. "Today we drink like gentlemen and come together as friends. We're excited for what the future brings." In typical Johnson fashion, the post also came with a plethora of unique hashtags: #DangerousGentlemen, #DCWorldsWillCollide, #BlackSavagery, and #MyExfoliatedBaldHeadAndTattoosLookHellaSexyInThisLighting.
Johnson was cast as Black Adam back in 2014, reportedly for a live-action Shazam movie, but since then, there hasn't been much news. No one has even been cast as the protagonist Shazam (sometimes known as Captain Marvel). Shazam's powers involve using the magic word "Shazam" to summon a bolt of lightning and transform into a Superman-like hero with the powers of Greek gods Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury. Black Adam, his evil counterpart, has similar powers; in some versions, he evokes the powers of the Egyptian gods instead. Those abilities allow Black Adam to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Superman, especially given Superman's weakness to magic.
The Instagram raises the possibility that Johnson's Black Adam may show up in a future Justice League or DC Cinematic Universe film, but fans will just have to wait and see.