Yesterday, I had the amazing opportunity to get a first look at the official trailer for Black Adam, followed by an intimate Q&A with star/producer Dwayne Johnson, director Jaume Collet-Serra, as well as producers Beau Flynn and Hiram Garcia. Today, the trailer has been shared with the world! Plus, Johnson and Collet-Serra told me what was most important to them when it came to telling this character’s story.
During the Q&A, I had the chance to ask the talent behind Black Adam if there were any specific aspects, elements, or parts of the character that meant the most to them in terms of getting it authentic.
Dwayne Johnson started by saying, “We’re gonna take a crack at this, honor the mythology, and identify the why: identifying Black Adam’s — Teth-Adam’s — why and why he is the way he is. So as you know, when you look at the comics and the origin stories, there’s a few ways to go and we all collectively decided that let’s go this way, in this path, which we won’t reveal it now, but you guys will see it in the movie, that really anchors in and identifies his why. I think that was important and his why is tied to his family.”
“Yeah, I mean, I come again, like I said before, from not a fan, I did not know much about Black Adam, so I had the luxury in a way to discover it on my own and I wanted to give that experience to the audience. So I’m not sort of telling them this is Jaume the fan telling you how it should be,” Jaume Collet-Serra continued. “Our movie has, I think, an unusual structure for a superhero movie and that is surrounded in mystery, emotion, some core values, and a world that is harsh, and where it needs something harsher. For me, basically honoring the experience that other people had with the comic books and that I had eventually when I read it, and trying to translate that into the movie was crucial, not only when it comes to Black Adam, but also, Hawkman, Doctor Fate, Cyclone, and Atom Smasher, but Hawkman and Doctor Fate have incredible history and legacy that we’re just kind of touching on this movie. I was very honored to put them in the big screen for the first time, but also kind of leaving room out there to explore in other movies later and whatever happens.”
Watch the first trailer below:
Black Adam arrives in theaters on October 21.