Some heroes wear black.

Dwayne Johnson laid claim to the role of Black Adam before Shazam! even entered production, but for fans excited to see the one-time champion, the wait for Black Adam’s debut has been a long one. While, despite rumors to the contrary, we’re unable to conjure up Shazam’s longtime nemesis with just a word, we can now offer you a date for when he’ll be hitting the big screen—December 22, 2021.

The Rock himself announced the date and shared a bit of what the role means to him on his Instagram account this morning. Here’s what DC’s newest superhero had to say…

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The Man in Black ⚡️ Like most kids growing up, I dreamed about being a superhero. Having cool superpowers, fighting for what’s right and always protecting the people. It all changed for me, when I was 10yrs old and was first introduced to the greatest superhero of all time - SUPERMAN. As a kid, Superman was the hero I always wanted to be. But, a few years into my fantasy, I realized that Superman was the hero, I could never be. I was too rebellious. Too rambunctious. Too resistant to convention and authority. Despite my troubles, I was still a good kid with a good heart - I just liked to do things my way. Now, years later as a man, with the same DNA I had as a kid - my superhero dreams have come true. I’m honored to join the iconic #DCUniverse and it’s a true pleasure to become, BLACK ADAM. BLACK ADAM is blessed by magic with the powers equal to SUPERMAN, but the difference is he doesn’t toe the mark or walk the line. He’s a rebellious, one of a kind superhero, who’ll always do what’s right for the people - but he does it his way. Truth and justice - the BLACK ADAM way. This role is unlike any other I’ve ever played in my career and I’m grateful to the bone we’ll all go on this journey together. BLACK ADAM 12.22.21 ⚡️ Huge thank you to my friends, @jimlee and @bosslogic for this first time ever bad ass collaboration.

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Mark your calendars, film fans. The world of DC movies is about to get a lot more magical.