In February 2022, more footage from the film was released as part of a showreel for Warner Bros.' 2022 slate of DC films, which also included The Batman, The Flash, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (before the last two were delayed to 2023 in March). Johnson, Centineo, and Swindell promoted the film at Warner Bros.' CinemaCon panel in April 2022, where a teaser trailer was launched. The first official trailer was released on June 8, featuring an orchestral remix of Kanye West and Jay-Z's song \"Murder to Excellence\" (2011). Jennifer Bisset at CNET wrote that the trailer posed Black Adam as a character who \"must choose between being a hero or villain -- and it looks like he takes the darker path, judging by his take on the question of whether heroes kill people\". Both Maggie Lovvit from Collider and Charles Pulliam-Moore from The Verge also noted Adam's brutality in the trailer. Pulliam-Moore felt that the death of Adam's son \"radicalizes him and emboldens him to use his newfound powers to seek a kind of justice so brutal that those around him are forced to lock him away\". Lovvit opined that Adam's morality exists \"within the grey area between black and white\" and was excited at seeing the character's future in the DCEU. Writing for IGN, Rosie Knight also felt that it showed Adam's \"tragic\" backstory, speculating that it could take inspiration from the New 52 iteration of the character, and that it would determine his future actions. Collet-Serra and the cast promoted the film in the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con and revealed exclusive footage for the film. Scottie Andrew of CNN compared the footage to that of Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023), calling it \"somehow even moodier\". Charles Pulliam-More from The Verge felt the footage depicted Adam as a villain rather than an antihero, noting how the Justice Society of America (JSA) \"seem much more keen on stopping him than trying to recruit him to their ranks.\" Similarly, Pete Volk of Polygon also highlighted Adam's confrontation with the JSA. Germain Lussier of Gizmodo praised the action sequences in the trailer, calling it an \"action-packed little sizzle\".
It'll be interesting to see whether the character becomes more of an antihero in the new Black Adam movie. The trailer hints at a traumatic backstory involving his son and teases: \"There are heroes and there are villains. Heroes don't kill people\" - to which Black Adam responds, \"Well, I do.\"
He continued, \"We have been talking that Black Adam, the hierarchy of power in the DC universe is about to change. That's not far off. And that's not hyperbole. And you know, when you see the movie and you see the character, you'll understand what I mean. Jaume Collet-Serra, when I met with him probably about four or five years ago. He said 'Who is your favorite actor of all time' I said 'Clint Eastwood 'and he goes, 'I'm glad you said that because I see Black Adam as being the Dirty Harry of the superhero world.' And that was in many ways our North Star.\" The actor then introduced the trailer, which included the following footage:
Sometimes movies take years to get made. It's just the nature of the beast. Even under the most optimistic of circumstances, a movie will take a couple of years from conception to release. But in some cases, a movie will take a really long time to see the light of day, and such is the case with \"Black Adam\" which, after well over a decade of development, finally has a trailer. It's a real movie that is really coming to theaters later this year and, for people like me that have been covering this stuff for a long time, it's a little hard to believe.
Last, but certainly not least, we get a glimpse of Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, giving us the full picture of the Justice Society. This is all happening at the same city in which they were flying over earlier in the trailer. This is seemingly going to end up being one of the movie's big set pieces, presumably somewhat early in the film as Black Adam meeting this modern-day heroes is going to be key.
One thing that has been left semi-mysterious is the nature of the villain(s) in the movie. However, when Hawkman is saying there are heroes and villains, as the word \"villains\" lingers, we get a shot of this unidentified character on a hoverbike of some kind. This, presumably, is our villain, or at least a villain in the film. But the trailer doesn't spend a whole lot of time dwelling on that. A mystery for another time.
This appears to be one of the other major players we have yet to meet in the form of Adrianna Tomaz, played by Sarah Shahi. We don't get to see much of her in this trailer but she is one of the top-billed actors in the movie so we can likely expect to see a lot more of her in later trailers. Or, at the very least, when the movie arrives in a few months.
A lot is currently riding on the movie, as it has been described as the project that will put the live-action DC Universe back on top. However, prior to the now-released new trailer, the original spot featured Steppenwolf from the 2017 cut of Justice League. The scene in question garnered a lot of backlash from fans as many did not enjoy seeing the scene in the theatrical cut. After the public feedback, Black Adam re-released an updated version of the trailer, where even Johnson himself adressed the changes on Twitter.
Witness the striking power of Teth-Adam in the first official trailer for Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam movie. A longtime passion project for the wrestler-turned-actor, the film centers around another individual gifted with the magical powers of the wizard known as Shazam. Unlike Billy Batson, however, Teth-Adam starts out as a slave in Ancient Egypt and, in the comics, has been everything from a pure villain to an anti-hero.
In addition to the new trailer, fans have already gotten a look at the titular character in a short sizzle reel of DC's movie slate for 2022. The minute-long video also contained sneak peeks at The Batman, The Flash, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Several months before that, Johnson debuted a small scene from the movie in honor of FanDome. 59ce067264