Black Adam has begun filming and the project has some new faces to go alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
The production has cast James Cusati-Moyer and Bodhi Sabongui in mystery roles. Moyer is best known for roles on Prodigal Son, Blue Bloods, and will star in the upcoming Netflix series Inventing Anna. He is also a Tony award nominee for the broadway production Slave Play.
Sabongui, meanwhile, already has a DC connection on the small screen. The 13-year-old’s father Patrick Sabongui portrays Central City Police Chief David Singh on The CW’s The Flash. Bodhi’s previous credits include an appearance on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, as well as the films A Million Little Things and The Babysitter’s Club.
Black Adam – Who Else From The DC Universe Is Showing Up?
Like them, costars Marwan Kenzari (Aladdin) and Sarah Sahi (Person of Interest) are playing unknown roles. However, the same can’t be said for the rest of the cast. Joining Johnson – Black Adam himself – are Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye) as Doctor Fate, Noah Centineo (Charlie’s Angels) as Atom Smasher, Aldis Hodge (The Invisible Man) as Hawkman, and Quintessa Swindell (Trinkets, Euphoria) as Cyclone. This film marks the cinematic debut of all of these characters and their Golden Age team, The Justice Society of America. Centineo’s will be the second live-action portrayal of Atom Smasher after Adam “Edge” Copeland in the second season premiere of The Flash.
On being cast as Hawkman, Hodge likened it to a lottery win. “I had been very, very much looking forward to being a part of any kind of superhero universe. I didn’t care what it was for such a long time just because I had been such a fan. I grew up on graphic novels. I got into the business so I could earn money to buy Batman toys, you know? But as far as the pursuit of this kind of vehicle [it] had been many years. It was like 13 to 15 years of constantly going up to bat and getting told [no. So] it really was a validation of those last few years of pursuit, hustle, and preparation. And for me, it was a real moment of disbelief.”
Black Adam is the cinematic debut of one of DC’s most complex antagonists/antiheroes. Johnson had been attached to the role since the late 1990s when he was still wrestling in the WWE. After twenty years, and the success of 2018’s Shazam!, the ball finally started to roll. Initially Black Adam had been prepped to be the main antagonist for that film, as the script was based on writer Geoff Johns’s New 52 reboot of Shazam, formerly known as Captain Marvel. But given his story was so massive, it was decided to reserve him for his own debut film and substitute Black Adam for Dr. Thaddeus Sivanna instead. First alluded to in 2018’s Shaam!, Teth Adam is the first champion of the Wizard Shazam, liberated from slavery in ancient Khandaq. For the crime of abusing his powers in the name of revenge, he is imprisoned by The Wizard until accidentally released in modern times. His ancient ideas on justice clash with the contemporary Justice Society of America.
Feel the lightning strike on July 29, 2022 when Black Adam debuts in theaters.