Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson‘s Black Adam introduces another classic concept into the DCEU: The Justice Society of America! The Wizard’s first champion and DC’s first superhero team have a shared history in recent years, and now apparently the Justice Society of America debuts in Black Adam on December 22, 2021. The film will be directed by Jaume Collett-Serra with cinematography by Larry Sher. A plot synopsis has not been released. However, Johnson went on record to confirm the JSA’s involvement in some way. “JSA, ” he merely said in a recent inteview. ” We will introduce you to that, the world to JSA.”
Who Are the Justice Society?
The Justice Society of America is the precursor to the Justice League of America. Debuting in All-Star Comics #3 in 1941, the original team roster consisted of The Flash (Jay Garrick), The Sandman, Hawkman, The Spectre, Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Hour Man, Doctor Fate. Wonder Woman joined later after her debut in All-Star Comics #8. After numerous incarnations through the Golden Age and Silver Age, Geoff Johns brought the team back in the mid ’90’s. He added contemporary members such as Star Girl, Captain Marvel (later Shazam), Mister Terrific, and, of course, Black Adam. It was during Johns’ run that saw Black Adam make the gradual shift from villain to antihero, working alongside the JSA and begrudgingly his counterpart, Billy Batson.
Following the events of 52, the team was forced to reign in Black Adam following a return to villainy. Their history was later wiped away as the result of Flashpoint, another Johns project, and the subsequent “New 52” publishing initiative. Although Jay Garrick and Alan Scott were re-imagined as young heroes in Earth 2, it’s only been recently that they have returned to continuity proper in the pages of Doomsday Clock and Justice League.
Dwayne Johnson has been attached to the Black Adam film project for a number of years. It was not until the theatrical success of Shazam! that the project finally picked up steam.