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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Black Adam’ Release Pushed Back to Summer 2022

DC announcement was made during the NCAA tournament

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced a new release date for his upcoming DC blockbuster “Black Adam,” which is now set to premiere on July 29, 2022.

The announcement was aired on TBS shortly before the NCAA men’s basketball tournament matchup between Alabama and UCLA and coincided with the release date posting on all screens in Times Square, as shown in an Instagram video by Johnson’s producing partner, Hiram Garcia.


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“Black Adam” tells the tale of one of the predecessors of the DC superhero Shazam, who has appeared in comics as both Shazam’s archenemy and an antihero trying to redeem himself after wrecking devastation across the universe for thousands of years. Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Shahi and Aldis Hodge will also appear in the film, which Johnson promises in a teaser will change “the hierarchy of power in the DC universe.”

Warner Bros. will release the film on the same weekend that Disney is set to release the fifth “Indiana Jones” film and is set to cap off a loaded July 2022 slate that includes sequels to “Minions,” “Black Panther” and “Fantastic Beasts,” as well as Jordan Peele’s third, currently untitled horror film.

“Black Adam” will be released under a new agreement with Regal Cinemas that guarantees 45 days of theatrical exclusivity starting next year for all Warner Bros. theatrical releases, a deal that comes after the studio chose to release all of its 2021 films simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. As part of the deal, Regal will also screen all of the studio’s films that come out this year under the day-and-date release strategy.

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