Of all the plentiful DC-driven movies currently in various stages of development, the picture that’s been in the works for the longest amount of time is Black Adam. And now, that film has finally found a director.
Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers has brought in Jaume Collet-Serra on directing duties. Collet-Serra is likely best known to genre fans for helming The Shallows and Orphan.
If you remember, Dwayne Johnson has been attached to headline as Black Adam for near-enough a decade by this point. And, as it just so happens, Collet-Serra has recently finished working on Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie – a film that stars the aforementioned Johnson.
Even though he didn’t appear in this year’s all-kinds-of-fun Shazam!, Black Adam’s origin story was told in the film via Djimon Hounsou’s wizard. At one point in time, there was actually a plan in place to debut Black Adam in that feature, but instead it was decided to hold off and give Adam his own solo outing first.
For those not all that familiar with the Black Adam character, he debuted back in 1945’s Marvel Family #1 as Teth-Adam of Kahndaq. Depicted over the years as both an out-and-out villain and an antihero, Black Adam is one of the few characters who can pretty much match Superman toe-to-toe when it comes to powers. Whilst he has tangled with the Man of Steel and various other DC heroes over the decades, he’s best known as a Shazam villain. Shazam, of course, is young Billy Batson. When Billy shouts “Shazam!”, he turns into the legendary hero.
Currently, Black Adam is expected to start shooting at some point next year.