Dwayne Johnson‘s SHAZAM! spin-off, Black Adam, is adding To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Noah Centineo as the superhero, Atom Smasher!
Jaume Collet-Serra, who directed Johnson in Disney’s forthcoming Jungle Cruise, will be in the director’s chair when the feature project goes before cameras, although with the pandemic the timing is unclear. Johnson’s longtime collaborator, Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo., is producing along with Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia via their Seven Bucks Productions.
Atom Smasher has the ability to control his molecular structure, meaning he can change his size, strength, and durability. In the comics, he was born Albert Rothstein, the godson of the original Atom. Al has a history with Black Adam and fought alongside him as well as the superhero group known as the Justice Society of America who are rumored to play a role in the Black Adam film. Up to this point, the JSA have only appeared on various CW shows and currently on the all-new Stargirl series currently airing on the DC Universe streaming service.
Johnson stars as the title character, who’s more of an antihero in this movie as opposed to the infamous adversary of Shazam! (played by Zachary Levi in the 2019 film) that he’s more commonly known as in DC lore.
The film will be a part of DC FanDome, which is an online Comic-Con of sorts that touts sneak peeks at upcoming DC-related titles. The event is scheduled for this Aug. 22. Plot details for Black Adam have been tightly kept under wraps, so reveals of some kind during the virtual assembly are to be expected.
Black Adam was scheduled for release on Dec. 22, 2021. Shazam 2, with Levi returning, was recently rescheduled to a Nov. 4, 2022 slot.
The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the news.