The Black Adam movie panel for DC FanDome finally confirms Dwayne Johnson’s first co-star, Noah Centineo, and that he’ll play Atom Smasher.
Noah Centineo is confirmed to play Atom Smasher in DC’s Black Adam. Warner Bros. and DC Films have spent the last several years developing an exciting slate of movies for the DC Extended Universe, but nothing has been in the works for as long as Black Adam. Dwayne Johnson joined DC to play the powerful anti-hero over a decade ago, and after some sizable changes to the plan, he’ll now make his debut as Black Adam in a solo film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.
The Black Adam movie hasn’t been in development for as long as Johnson has been attached to play the character, but it was still over three years ago when the movie was first announced. Prior to coronavirus likely delaying the start of production, Black Adam was on track to begin filming this year ahead of a December 2021 release date. With filming rapidly approaching, that meant that Johnson needed to find some co-stars for his DC movie. It was reported that Noah Centineo could be one of his fellow cast members, and now that has been confirmed.
During Black Adam‘s panel at DC FanDome, Centineo made a surprise appearance so he and Johnson could confirm his addition to the film. Centineo was confirmed to play Al Rothstein, aka Atom Smasher, a member of the Justice Society of America in the comics and movie. This marked the first official announcement that Centineo will play Atom Smasher in Black Adam, as he, Johnson, WB, or DC didn’t comment on the previous reports.
Since news of Centineo playing Atom Smasher in Black Adam was somewhat expected, he and Johnson also teased some of the work already being done to bring Atom Smasher to life. Centineo discussed his interest in the character was because he felt Al has something to prove coming from a lineage where his grandfather was a villain. He also highlighted the workout regimen he is on to get in superhero shape, something he already teased on social media. Even though Centineo has yet to suit up as Atom Smasher, Johnson did tease that he’s seen pre-viz of how it will look when Black Adam is near Atom Smasher’s enlarged form and that fans should be excited to see it eventually.
Of course, the confirmation of Atom Smasher wasn’t the only piece of news Black Adam‘s DC FanDome panel confirmed. Johnson previously announced that the Justice Society of America would play a part in the movie, which helped explain Atom Smasher’s role. But, the rest of the JSA roster wasn’t revealed before. Johnson used the panel to confirm Hawkman, Doctor Fate, and Cyclone as the other members of the JSA opposite Atom Smasher. Even though Centineo as Atom Smasher is the only one cast, the rest of Black Adam cast could be announced soon.