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Black Adam Director Compares The Anti-Hero To Eastwood’s Dirty Harry

Posted 2022/07/28 3 0

Exclusive: Black Adam director Jaume Collect-Serra compares Dwayne Johnson’s DC Extended Universe anti-hero to Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry.

 

 

Black Adam director Jaume Collet-Serra compares Dwayne Johnson’s titular anti-hero to Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry. After working together on Disney’s Jungle Cruise, Johnson recruited Collet-Serra to helm Black Adam as it “redefines the hierarchy of power” in the DC Extended Universe and spearheads its next chapter. Johnson has been attached to the role of Black Adam for almost a decade and, after a nixed cameo appearance in Shazam!, he will make his definitive debut in an origin film on October 21, 2022.

Johnson, one of the biggest stars working today (who has never before played a superhero), will play one of the most powerful characters in all of DC lore. In the comics, Black Adam is an Egyptian slave who is granted God-like powers by the ancient wizard, Shazam. After using his powers to free those enslaved by dictators, Black Adam’s thirst for power leads to him becoming a tyrant himself, and archnemesis of the superhero Shazam. Collect-Serra’s film will explore the character’s history as an anti-hero who, following the death of his son, leads with a brutality comparable to a rogue cop and his .44 Magnum.

Black Adam was recently part of Warner Bros./DC Films’ presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, with Collect-Serra, Johnson, and several cast members in attendance. While on the press line with Screen Rant, Collect-Serra details Black Adam’s backstory and compares him to “Dirty Harry” Callahan, and other characters who will cross the line and do what’s needed in a corrupt system. Read what he had to say below:

In many ways. From a character standpoint, you have to not ignore the fact that he was a slave 5000 years ago. He got God-like powers, and then basically awakens in our modern time. He has to deal with how the world has changed. He brings that morality and that sense of justice, or injustice, from 5000 years ago – and he won’t take any bulls–t. I think that’s refreshing.

That’s why [I compare him] to Dirty Harry, and roles like that. In a time where the system is broken, and it’s corrupt, you need somebody that will cross the line and do what’s needed. When he awakens in these modern times, he realizes that we’re all still slaves; maybe not with shackles, but there’s corporations, and there’s injustices of the world. His fight for freedom is still the same. I don’t think there’s any other superhero that has that perspective.

 

 

This comparison continues to excite DC fans. Following The Dark Knight trilogy, JokerZack Snyder’s Justice LeagueThe Suicide Squad, and The Batman, it’s clear DC is at its best when it’s at its darkest. Black Adam should be a step in the right direction for the seemingly aimless universe. Johnson himself has not only expressed a desire for Black Adam to fight the idealistic Superman, but continues to hype that eventual showdown. What’s perhaps most fascinating and/or entertaining about characters like Black Adam and Dirty Harry is seeing them clash with those who play by the rules.

 

In addition to its titular characterBlack Adam will also introduce the Justice Society of America, which includes Pierce Brosnan’s Dr. Fate, Noah Centineo’s Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell’s Cyclone, and Aldis Hodge’s Hawkman. The film’s trailers show Black Adam demolishing Hawkman as he reminds him (to no avail) that “heroes don’t kill.” While his battle with DC’s heroes may result in a redemptive arc, it’ll be more interesting to see Black Adam’s ideology deconstruct that of those around him (similar to the relationship between Matt Murdock and Frank Castle in Daredevil). Whether the JSA “feels lucky” remains to be seen.