‘Black Adam’ Is Dwayne Johnson’s Biggest Box Office Test Yet

The actor wants to be a big part of DC during a deep period of uncertainty for the franchise, but first the audience must embrace his dark antihero

A lot is on the line this weekend with the release of Warner Bros./DC’s “Black Adam.” Theaters need the film to perform to keep revenue trending upward after a long drought, and Warner Bros. needs some good news amidst its turbulent post-merger period under Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav.

But more than anything else, “Black Adam” is a test for its lead actor and box office superstar, Dwayne Johnson, who has signaled publicly that he wants this film to be the start of a long-term partnership between the comic book film label and his production company, Seven Bucks, with the powerful, murderous antihero he plays in this new film at the center of it.

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Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jeremyfuster