Who’s playing who in the upcoming ‘Black Adam’ film

Published March 29, 2021, 3:05 PM

by Jules Vivas

Meet the characters and the cast of the soon-to-be-released movie adaptation of DC’s ‘Black Adam’

In 2019, “Shazam!” hit the cinemas and emerged as a box office success. A year later, Warner Bros. released the schedule along with the main cast of the project, which Jaume Collete-Serra is directing.

Today, Dwayne Johnson, who is playing the part of the the anti-hero clad in black, unveiled that the movie is set to come out on July 29, 2022.

The details of the plot for “Black Adam” has yet to be released, but the film is believed to follow the story of Teth-Adam as he gains his incredible powers in ancient Kahndaq—a fictional country in the Middle East—5000 years in the past, and later on clash with the superhero team Justice Society of America (JSA) in the present. Dwayne Johnson also recently released the first page of the script on his social media.

With the films pre-production underway and its release drawing closer, let’s check out the powerhouse cast and the characters they will portray.

The Rock as Black Adam

Dwayne Johnson, otherwise known as the wrestling icon “The Rock,” is the protagonist Black Adam, who is a fictional supervillain and anti-hero of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Based on the official teaser, we will be seeing the original depiction of the corrupted ancient Egyptian predecessor of Shazam/Captain Marvel, who will be fighting his way to modern times to challenge the Marvel Family associates or the JSA.

Black Adam is the direct counterpart of the hero Shazam. While Shazam posses the powers of six Greek gods, Black Adam is empowered by Egyptian gods Shu, Heru, Amon, Zehuti, Aton, and Menthu. The abilities of the two are the same, both having super strength, speed, and durability, flight, unlimited stamina, as well as lightning powers. Black Adam, however, has mostly been depicted as a stronger version of the superhero.

Here’s to hoping we get to see Shazam and Black Adam battle it out.

Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher

JSA’s biggest recruit literally and figuratively is Albert Rothstein or Atom Smasher, played by Noah Centineo on the movie.

Noah is best-known for his role as Peter Kavinsky in the Netflix show “To All the Boys.” He also starred as the Josh Peters in “The Gold Retrievers,” as Jesus Adams Foster in the drama series “The Fosters,” as Hawk Carter in “Tagged,” and co-starred in “How to Build a Better Boy” as Jaden Stark, among others.

Atom Smasher has control over his molecular structure allowing him to alter his size and the density of his body.

Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate

Famous for being the fifth actor to play secret agent James Bond, Pierce Brosnan will enter the DCEU as Kent Nelson, JSA’s Doctor Fate. The Irish actor has starred in movies “The Foreigner,” “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again“ and “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga,” and has played Eli McCulloch on the AMC series “The Son.”

Kent Nelson discovers the tomb of the wizard Nabu and was trained by him in the ways of sorcery in order to fight crime and the forces of evil, becoming the original Doctor Fate.

Known as one of the most powerful sorcerers in the DC comic lore, Doctor Fate is able to cast spells, and has the abilities of flight, super strength, invulnerability, telekinesis, telepathy, pyrokinesis, lightning manipulation, teleportation, healing, force fields, ice manipulation, immateriality, and the ability to travel between parallel Earths.

Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone

Maxine Hunkel or Cyclone makes a live debut played by Quintessa Swindell, who is famous for being the led in Netflix teen drama “Trinkets,” and as Anna in HBO’s “Euphoria.”

The granddaughter of Ma Hunkel, a non-powered hero by the name of Golden Age Red Tornado, Maxine is one of the young recruits of JSA. After being experimented on as a child by Dr. T.O. Morrow, Cyclone has the ability to manipulate wind. She can mentally summon whirlwinds and cyclones, project powerful bursts of air, and fly by riding wind currents.

Aldis Hodge as Hawkman

Prolific actor Aldis Hodge, who played Alec Hardison in the TNT series “Leverage,” MC Ren in the biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” and Jim Brown in the film “One Night in Miami,” is one of the founding members of JSA, Cater Hall or Hawkman.

Once known as Prince Khufu in ancient Egypt, Hawkman is known to have lived over many lifetimes as he and his lover, Chay-Ara, were murdered and cursed to be reborn. His modern reincarnation is American archeologist Carter Hall. He is able to fly from the alien material known as Nth metal.

Sarah Shahi as Isis

Adrianna Tomaz, aka Isis, is played by Sarah Shahi best-known for her main role as Sameen Shaw on the CBS show Person of Interest (2011). Sarah has also appeared in a 2007 episode of HBO’s “The Sopranos,” in Jackie Chan’s “Rush Hour 3,” and in the NBC show “Life.”

Adrianna in the film is a university professor and freedom fighter leading the resistance in Kahndaq. With the Amulet of Isis, she is instilled with the powers of the Egyptian goddess by invoking the spell “I Am Isis.” Her powers include super strength, speed, durability, stamina, flight, healing, elemental control, as well as matter manipulation.

Marwan Kenzari as…

Famous as Jafar in the live-action remake of “Aladdin,” Marwan Kenzari, also joins the cast of Black Adam. While there are no details yet on his role in the film, The Wrap reports Marwan to play as the villain. And here we though Black Adam was the antagonist.

Marwan is also recognizable for his role as Joe/Yusuf Al-Kaysani in Netflix’s “The Old Guard.”

Our guess is, if the film stays faithful to the JSA series, Marwan could be the supervillain Johnny Sorrows. Or considering Sarah’s role as Isis, he could also be Amon Tomaz or Osiris.

Again, no information has been released on his character.