Dwayne Johnson Unveils ‘Black Adam’ Summer 2022 Release Date During NCAA Tourney Game

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Anthony D'Alessandro
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This afternoon just before the UCLA vs. Alabama NCAA tournament game, Dwayne Johnson unveiled the release date for his New Line/DC superhero movie Black Adam: July 29, 2022.

Johnson appeared in a short spot on TBS for Black Adam, and also posted on Instagram and Twitter as well (see below) showing digital screens in NYC’s Times Square ablaze with the release date.

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“The Hierarchy of Power in the DC Universe is about to Change,” declared Dwayne Johnson in the TBS spot.

Johnson also took a fun jab at NCAA sportscaster and former 11-time NBA All-Star Charles Barkley, who is an Alabama native and an Auburn University alum: “And Chuck: There is nothing I can do for an Auburn guy who picks Alabama to go to the Final 4.” Johnson made the tease just before the UCLA vs. Alabama game today.

“He’s been mad since I’ve been a stunt double in movies for a long time,” Barkley told his fellow NCAA sportscasters after the spot, adding, “If Alabama makes it to the Final 4, I’m bringing a Houndstooth hat and wearin’ it! Roll Tide!”

Black Adam also stars Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone and Pierce Brosnan as Dr. Fate.

Jaume Collet-Serra, who also directed Johnson alongside Emily Blunt in Disney’s Jungle Cruise, will direct. Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions are producing Black Adam with Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo. FlynnPictureCo’s Scott Sheldon will serve as EP.

Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani wrote the latest draft. Adam Sztykiel wrote the previous draft.

While Warner Bros. 2021 theatrical slate is going in theaters and on HBO Max day-and-date, the major studio recently hammered a 45-day exclusive theatrical window with No. 2 U.S. exhibitor Regal for their 2022 slate. The news last week indicated that Warner Bros. was returning to a theatrical distribution first window plan for their movies before they arrive on their streaming service.

Warner Bros. had the Aug. 5-7, 2022 weekend RSVP’ed for an event film. I gotta think they lose that date now since Black Adam is going a weekend before. Interestingly enough, Disney already has Indiana Jones 5 on July 29 next year.

Let the blinking contest between the Rock and Indy commence.

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