Black Adam director Jaume Collet-Serra has compared Dwayne Johnson’s DC anti-hero to Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry.
Jaume Collet-Serra and Dwayne Johnson recently wrapped up production on DC’s Black Adam, the duo’s second film together. The duo most recently worked on Disney’s Jungle Cruise, which is set to hit cinemas next week. Now that Jungle Cruise is on its way to cinemas, Collet-Serra can focus all his creative efforts on fine-tuning the DC film post-production. In a recent interview with Variety, Collet-Serra discussed working with Disney on Jungle Cruise, which is adapted from the theme park attraction of the same name. Eventually, the conversation moved onto Collet-Serra’s next project: Black Adam.
In speaking with the outlet, Jaume Collet-Serra teased the DC film and discussed how the film is darker than Jungle Cruise. Continuing by discussing the film’s themes, he compared Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam to Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry, another morally grey character.
“Having just done a romantic adventure comedy where he’s very light, I was really attracted to getting the dark version of Dwayne. Basically, turning him into Clint Eastwood in a Western. I was like, ‘You’re like the Dirty Harry of superheroes,’ I didn’t have to convince people that I was right for this one in the same way that I did for Jungle Cruise. It’s like things I’ve done with Liam [Neeson], that tough-guy antihero who has a heart. The world is not black and white. The world is in gray areas, so you need these people that are riding that gray area.”
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In addition to Dwayne Johnson, the DC film stars Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, and Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate. Sarah Shahi, Marwan Kenzari, James Cusati-Moyer, and Bodhi Sabongui are also on board in undisclosed roles.
Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions are producing the movie with Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo. FlynnPictureCo’s Scott Sheldon serves as an executive producer.
The DC project is currently scheduled to hit theaters on July 29, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding Black Adam and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more exclusive video content.