'Black Adam' Trailer: Watch Dwayne Johnson Transform Into Menacing Antihero

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Dwayne Johnson's no superhero but he's also not a full-blown villain. And therein lies the struggle for this antihero in Black Adam.

The action-packed trailer for the highly anticipated film finally dropped on Wednesday, and it promises that "the hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change." Set to the track of JAY-Z and Kanye West's 2011 hit, "Murder to Excellence" off their Watch the Throne album, the trailer offers a glimpse of Black Adam's origin and the powers he possesses.

"I was a slave until I died," Johnson's voice can be heard in the trailer. "Then I was reborn a god. My son sacrificed his life to save me. Now, I kneel before no one."

Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods -- and imprisoned just as quickly -- Black Adam is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world. 

Black Adam poster
Warner Bros.

Pierce Brosnan portrays Dr. Fate, who is part of the Justice Society of America. In the trailer, Dr. Fate informs Black Adam that it's time to pick sides.

"My vision has shown me the future. You have two choices," Dr. Fate warns Black Adam. "You can be the destroyer of this world or you can be its savior. That’s up to you."

From New Line Cinema, Johnson stars in the first-ever feature film to explore the story of the DC character. Jaume Collet-Serra (Jungle Cruise) is directing. Noah Centineo plays the superhero Atom Smasher and Quintessa Swindell plays Cyclone. The trailer also offers a closer look at Aldis Hodge, who is Hawkman

In the DC Universe, Black Adam is one of the primary antagonists who Shazam often squares off against. With Black Adam coming out a year before Shazam! Fury of the Godsthis film could potentially be setting Johnson's Black Adam up as the big bad of this particular corner of the DC Extended Universe.

Black Adam hits theaters Oct. 21.


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