DC’s long-awaited Black Adam trailer is finally here.
Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the Egyptian gods — and imprisoned just as quickly — Black Adam is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.
The film’s star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has been attached to the film for 17 years, and was initially to appear in 2016’s Shazam!, however, given the magnitude of his character, the decision was made to give him his own treatment and the role of antagonist was given to Mark Strong’s Dr. Sivanna.
The film also debuts The Justice Society of America. Its roster includes Dr. Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), and Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell).
Click below to view the trailer:
Created in 1940 by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck, Black Adam was the Wizard Shazam’s first champion. Imbued with the powers of Egyptian deities – their initials also spelling “Shazam” – Teth-Adam was christened Mighty Adam. However, his powers soon corrupted him, and The Wizard was forced to banish the newly named “Black Adam” to deep space. It would take 5,000 years for him to return for vengeance. However, by then, The Wizard was dead, but not before Billy Batson had been chosen as his new champion, initially called Captain Marvel.
For decades Black Adam was The Marvel Family’s arch-nemesis until writer Geoff Johns brought him into his Justice Society of America run and put him on a redemptive path. Now the ruler of Khandaq, he was elevated from villain to something of an antihero. Prior to Flashpoint, the miniseries 52 saw his fall from grace and back to villainy.
The New 52 also saw a revamp of his origin to that of a slave who was mortally wounded. His nephew and he were brought to the Rock of Eternity and the Wizard had imbued them both with his powers. However, seeking vengeance instead of justice as his nephew wanted, Teth-Adam killed his nephew and took the power for himself, taking Khandaq by force, Instead of deep space, Adam was entombed until released by Dr. Sivanna.
Based on the footage in the trailer, the film seems to draw from both pre-New 52 and post-New 52.
Black Adam arrives in theaters October 21st, 2022.