The character, who first featured as a one-shot villain in 1945, has subsequently become a mainstay in the DC Universe. In the upcoming film, the character is released from the tomb where he had been confined for thousands of years after receiving the powers of the Egyptian gods and overthrowing the pharaoh to take his place.
“I was a slave until I died. Then I was re-born a god … now I kneel before no one,” Johnson’s character declares in the trailer.
In the film, Johnson’s incredibly powerful figure, who was exiled to a distant star in the original comics, returns to Earth and joins up with heroes such as Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell), and Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan).
“In this world, you have heroes, and there are villains. Heroes don’t kill people, ” Hawkman informs him in one scene from the teaser.
“Well, I do,” Adam replies.
Doctor Fate tells Adam in the teaser that his future vision has informed him that Adam would someday have to choose between being “the destroyer of this world” or its saviour.
The teaser depicts Johnson’s character slaying various bad men, including one who tries to put a metal baton on Adam’s skull, causing the baton to bend in two and another to be thrown kilometres away into the sea.
Johnson has expressed his enthusiasm for the film and its possible impact on the DC Universe.
“This passion project has become my DNA and the hierarchy of power in the DC Universe will change,” Johnson said Wednesday morning to his millions of Instagram followers. “The world needed a hero. It got BLACK ADAM.”
‘Black Adam’ hits theatres on October 21.