The latest trailer for the Dwayne Johnson–led DCEU film Black Adam has arrived. On October 21, moviegoers can see the much-hyped superhero flick.
As the plot summary puts it, “Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods — and imprisoned just as quickly” (Johnson), Black Adam (Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.
Pierce Brosnan plays Doctor Fate, Noah Centineo plays Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell plays Cyclone, and Aldis Hodge plays Hawkman alongside Johnson. Also appearing are Sarah Shahi, Marwan Kenzari, James Cusati-Moyer, Bodhi Sabongui, Mo Amer, and Uli Latukefu, though their roles have yet to be revealed.
Who Is Black Adam, Anyway?
Comic books featuring the antihero Black Adam (Teth/Theo-Adam) are published by DC Comics in the United States. The character, developed by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck, is the adversary of Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family.
A one-off villain, Black Adam made his debut in Fawcett Comics’ The Marvel Family #1. (December 1945). DC Comics, having licensed and then acquired the Fawcett characters, began publishing Shazam (formerly Captain Marvel) Family stories under the title Shazam! in the 1970s, and Black Adam was brought back as a recurring character.
Black Adam was originally portrayed as a twisted version of Captain Marvel’s ancient Egyptian ancestor who made his way to the present day to oppose the hero and his Marvel Family allies in battle.
However, DC Comics writers Jerry Ordway, Geoff Johns, and David S. Goyer have recast Black Adam as a corrupted antihero since the turn of the 21st century.
The character’s prominence in the DC Universe can be attributed to his or her starring roles in a number of important comic book series, including Justice Society of America (JSA), Villains United, Infinite Crisis, and 52. On IGN’s list of the top 20 comic book villains of all time, Black Adam ranked 16th in 2009.
Publishes the Fawcett Comics
Black Adam, in his definitive form, made a single appearance in Fawcett’s Captain Marvel comics during their early years of publication.
Black Adam first appears in The Marvel Family #1, where he is introduced as an ancient Egyptian man named Teth-Adam (i.e., “Mighty Human”), who is selected by the wizard Shazam to be his successor because of his innate goodness.
In Shazam! #8 (1973) from DC Comics, the hero makes his first appearance since the Bronze Age. Superhero Teth-Adam, who, upon uttering the magic word “Shazam,” is granted the same abilities as Captain Marvel, is quickly corrupted by the sheer scope of his power.
The wizard Shazam initially bestows upon Adam abilities associated with ancient Greco-Roman deities; nevertheless, these later evolved into abilities associated with ancient Egyptian deities.
Mighty Adam murders the pharaoh, takes his place on the Egyptian throne, and declares himself king of the world.
Shazam, infuriated by his former ally’s treachery, renames him “Black Adam” and exiles him to the farthest star in the galaxy because he can’t take back the superhero abilities he granted Adam.
Black Adam Takes the Next Five Thousand Years to Circle the Planet Once Again
By the time Shazam returns to Earth in 1945, he has designated three successors to the role of champion: Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., and Mary Marvel. Adam’s global conquest plans prompt the Marvels to consult Shazam, who enlightens them on the existence of Black Adam.
During their conversation with Shazam, Adam successfully muzzles Billy and Freddy. And then he binds them up, intending to kill them later. As Mary fights Black Adam, Uncle Marvel lets them go, allowing them to undergo their metamorphosis.
Adam fights the three members of the Marvel Family, but since they’re all equally powerful, the conflict continues indefinitely.
Uncle Marvel, a non-powered member of the Marvel Family, gets an idea from Shazam and manipulates Adam into saying “Shazam,” turning him back into Teth-Adam.
Seconds after his transformation, Captain Marvel knocks him out and he dies, turning back into a skeleton, having aged five thousand years in an instant.
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