It’s no revelation that DC Comics on the big screen hasn’t fared as well as the Marvel adaptations.  The best of its efforts will always be a benchmark to shoot for–that’s John Wesley Shipp’s take on the Flash–from the 1990 TV series and his recent cameo appearances in TV’s Arrowverse–but other actors have formed iconic attempts to match the superheroes of DC Comics over 80 years, including George Reeves and Christopher Reeve as Superman.  Zachary Levi’s spin on the original Captain Marvel opened the gates for a renaissance for DC at the movies with his new Shazam in 2019, and Dwayne Johnson may be taking DC to the next level in its big fall release Black Adam.

Pierce Brosnan returns to theaters in his first major role since The Foreigner (reviewed here) as Dr. Fate opposite Johnson in the title role.  If you like nostalgia, JoAnna Cameron’s Secrets of Isis was a fun TV series in the 1970s, so it will be fun to see a new take on the character, this time played by Fairly Legal, Life, and Psych actress Sarah Shahi.  And after all the iffy efforts at a Justice League, at last we will get to see Aldis Hodge (Leverage, Black Mirror, Star Trek: Short Treks) deliver Carter Hall aka Hawkman to the big screen–his costume in this first trailer looks great.

Check out this promising trailer for Black Adam:

That’s Noah Centineo as the Giant Man-looking Atom Smasher.  The overall production looks similar to Shazam! and Aquaman–with no signs of Zack Snyder’s DC universe.

Black Adam is scheduled for release in theaters October 21, 2022.

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