It’s hard to keep all the comic book heroes and villains in order. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Stars As Black Adam In New DC Comics Movie, but even loyal comic book readers may have no idea who this character is. ONE was released on June 8. Here’s a look at this intriguing character and his past.
Who is Black Adam?
In the original comics, Black Adam was a corrupted ancient Egyptian with a complicated backstory. He first appeared in 1945 as a minor character in the adventures of Captain Marvel (confusingly, not the Marvel character, but an older character that predated the founding of Marvel) and was reintroduced in the 1970s when the old Captain Marvel was licensed. by DC and renamed Shazam.
His original name was Teth-Adam, and the wizard Shazam granted him superpowers. However, once charged with power, he turned evil and decided to conquer the world, starting with Egypt. Shazam was unable to regain the powers he gave Black Adam, so he banished Black Adam, who did not return to Earth until 1945.
But comic books are flexible, and Black Adam’s story has been rewritten multiple times since his first stint. You could spend months digging through old issues, updating all your stories. There’s no doubt you won’t need to know anything about Black Adam’s comedic past to understand the movie – DC isn’t about to eliminate a huge number of potential viewers.
What are his powers?
He has the powers of Shazam, whose name originally means the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury. (But later in his comic book, these powers are attributed to Egyptian gods.)
Anyway, he’s like Superman: he’s got it all.shows Black Adam not even blinking as he is hit in the face with a metal rod, then throwing the guy who hit him a massive distance away. He is also immune to bullets and can fly. He can also pick up rockets.
Is he a hero or a villain?
Originally a villain. And he seems to lean that way in the movie. But yes, viewers love The Rock, and maybe Warner Bros. be tempted to give him a revelation that will make him good. Call him an antihero? How did people root for Tony Soprano even though they knew he was doing bad things?
The trailer teases a tragic story involving his son and hints at a moral dilemma when Hawkman says, “In this world, there are heroes and villains. Heroes don’t kill people.” Black Adam replies, “Well I do.”
He also said in the trailer that he can be “the destroyer of this world, or you can be its savior”. Although Black Adam doesn’t say which way he’s leaning, he is seen taking a rocket that would kill two normal humans in a Scooby-Doo-style van. So at least he’s THEIR savior?
One of the YouTube commentators on the trailer addresses the dilemma, writing, “Sounds like a solid movie, I just hope they keep him as a villain, I get Dwayne’s star power and how he’s Hollywood’s action hero, but Black Adam is much more interesting as a villain.”
Who are all those characters in the trailer?
In the trailer, Black Adam says he was a slave until he died – and then he is shown being horribly murdered: cut up and thrown off a cliff. “So I was reborn a god,” he says, adding that his son sacrificed his own life to save him, and as a result, “now I don’t kneel before anyone.”
Pierce Brosnan is featured in the film’s trailer. He plays Kent Nelson/Doctor Fate, a member of the Justice Society of America and the son of an archaeologist. That elaborate hat he puts on is the Helmet of Fate, which gives him superpowers.
Other JSA members appearing in the film are Carter Hall/Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), an archaeologist who can fly; Albert Rothstein/Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), who can change his size and strength; and Maxine Hunkel/Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell), who controls the wind and generates sound.
What is the song in the Black Adam trailer?
The background music in the Black Adam trailer is the 2011 song Murder to Excellence by Kanye West and Jay Z. It features a traditional Romanian song, Purtata Fetelor de la Căpâlna.
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