Actor Dwayne Johnson made a spectacular entrance to the annual Comic-Con pop culture convention on Saturday, soaring above a smoky stage in a sleek superhero costume and promising that “the DC Universe will never be never the same again”.
Johnson previewed his upcoming Warner Bros. film “Black Adam,” a DC Comics-inspired story about a former slave who is granted god-like powers and awakens 5,000 years later in modern times.
His appearance set off twinkling lights – intended to evoke lightning – which had been distributed to more than 6,000 fans at a convention hall in San Diego.
The actor, who is playing his first superhero role, said he’s wanted to portray the anti-hero character for more than a decade. The film will hit theaters in October.
“It’s been a long journey, fueled by passion, commitment and courage,” Johnson said.
Director Jaume Collet-Serra, who worked with Johnson on last year’s action-adventure “Jungle Cruise,” described Black Adam as a “Dirty Harry type of character” who has “his own sense of justice and mortality”.
“When the system is corrupt, sometimes you need someone to break the system down,” Collet-Serra said.
The film will also introduce the Justice Society of America, which includes characters Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell), and Dr. Fate (Pierce Brosnan).
New York Post