Quintessa Swindell, who plays Cyclone in the upcoming black adam movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Pierce Brosnan, went through a very different type of superhero training than you might expect: the actor is said to have studied with expert dancers and had extensive schooling on modern dance, in order to understand how a character moved when constantly surrounded by powerful, swirling winds. It presumably delivers a very different version of “powerful” than the type of MMA/kickboxing training that characters like Batman and Wonder Woman typically require their actors to experience, and the hope is that it will make Swindell stand out as a character.
Swindell will play Maxine Hunkel, a later generation of heroes who descends from “Ma” Hunkel, the original Red Tornado, in the comics. It’s not yet clear exactly how much of this story will stick around, but Doctor Fate – played by Brosnan – is clearly at least a generation older than Swindell and teammate Aldis Hodge, who plays Hawkman.
“It became a very personal experience,” Swindell said. Weekly entertainment. “I feel like when you move your body you start to feel different ways and you want to accentuate different things. Through movement there’s an emotional release. So when I was training I was becoming more comfortable in my body, and really empowered in ways that I honestly didn’t think would happen.”
Here is the official synopsis of black adam:
In ancient Kahndaq, Teth Adam received almighty powers from the gods. After using these powers for revenge, he was imprisoned, becoming Black Adam. Almost 5,000 years have passed and Black Adam has gone from man to myth to legend. Now unleashed, his unique form of justice, born of rage, is challenged by the modern-day heroes who form the Justice Society: Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Atom Smasher, and Cyclone.
Johnson stars alongside Aldis Hodge (“City on a Hill,” “One Night in Miami”) in Hawkman, Noah Centineo (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”) in Atom Smasher, Sarah Shahi (“Sex /Life,” “Rush Hour 3”), Marwan Kenzari (“Murder on the Orient Express”, “The Mummy”), Quintessa Swindell (“Voyagers”, “Trinkets”) as Cyclone, Mo Amer (“Mo “, “Ramy”), Bodhi Sabongui (“A Million Little Things”) and Pierce Brosnan (“Mamma Mia!” and James Bond franchises) as Dr. Fate.
Collet-Serra directed from a screenplay written by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, based on DC characters, based on characters created by Bill Parker and CC Beck. The film’s producers are Beau Flynn, Hiram Garcia, Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, with Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Chris Pan, Walter Hamada, Adam Schlagman, Geoff Johns, Eric McLeod and Scott Sheldon executive producing.
black adamarrives in theaters and IMAX internationally from October 19, 2022 and in North America on October 21, 2022.