Dwayne Johnson had the best reaction to seeing his Black Adam toy for the first time. The upcoming film, based on the popular DC Comics character of the same name, follows its titular anti-hero who finds himself freed almost 5,000 years after receiving powers from the Egyptian gods and being abruptly restrained, only to now unleash his own form of justice on the world. Developed as a spin-off of 2019’s Shazam!, in which the character is referenced, Black Adam officially wrapped filming earlier this month and is set to be released theatrically on October 21, 2022. In addition to Johnson, who stars as Teth-Adam/Black Adam, the movie’s cast includes Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, Pierce Brosnan, Marwan Kenzari, and Sarah Shahi.
Following the recent release of Black Adam‘s trailer, featuring Johnson as well as a sneak-peek at the Justice Society of America, fan anticipation for the project has started to increase. The actor’s commitment to the role has added to a certain level of expectation, with many appreciating Johnson’s approach to separate his film from that of Shazam! and provide a standalone story for the character. Upon seeing the global reaction to the trailer, he took to social media to thank the fans for their support and touched on his passion for Black Adam, iterating that the movie was 10 years in the making.
Now, The Rock’s love of Black Adam is on full display again in a new video posted to his Instagram, showing the star interacting with press at Warner Bros. Studios following the launch of the film’s trailer. In one moment, Johnson is handed boxes of his Black Adam action figure for the first time, and his reaction is hilarious. He states how cool it is to see the toy before joking that it is “anatomically correct” and that there is “not enough plastic in the world for me.” Check out the video below:
Looking back at his comments on wanting to create an origin story outside of the Shazam! film, it is clear that Johnson has big plans for Black Adam and its future. At the press event, he talked about wanting to launch the beginning of a “long storytelling road” that finds the film and his character driving forward other DCEU content. He has stated that he is “100% committed to not only Black Adam, but then expanding the Black Adam universe and the DC universe,” and that he is listening to fans and the project is giving them what they want.
Because comic book material is so beloved by fans, Dwayne Johnson’s attachment to the story of Black Adam and desire to make something for them should serve as a very promising sign. It is also fun to see the star reap the success of his efforts and get his own action figure, like many other superhero actors have. With Johnson’s recent praise of co-stars like Pierce Brosnan and the film’s trailer dropping, excitement is mounting and it will not be long Black Adam hits theaters this fall.