A new theater display for Warner Bros. Discovery’s upcoming Black Adam film showcase Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s antihero and the Justice Society of America.
Shared by Johnson on Twitter, a photo shows life-size standees of Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), Black Adam, Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell) and Hawkman (Aldis Hodge) standing in a row. According to the images’ original sharer on the platform, Mikhail Villarreal, the standees are currently set up in Seoul Pop Con 2022 in South Korea, so whether theaters will have the same exact displays remain to be seen. Regardless, the sight showcases how Johnson’s towering DC character compares with the rest of the film’s heroes.
Black Adam Was Originally Going to Appear in ‘Shazam!’
Black Adam will serve as Teth-Adam and the JSA’s entry point into the DC Extended Universe. Originally, Black Adam was set to be introduced in the 2019’s Shazam! film, the two being bitter enemies within the DC Comics universe. However, Johnson wrote on Twitter that he fought for both Shazam (Zachary Levi) and Black Adam to each have their own solo films as opposed to establishing their respective origins within one alone.
“Original script [for Shazam!] had both [Black Adam and Shazam] establishing their origin stories in one film,” Johnson tweeted. “I fought hard to both characters (+JSA) to have their own stand alone films for the fans to enjoy. And protect Black Adam’s ruthless [and] extremely violent tone as we built out [the DCEU].”
Black Adam’s Villain and the JSA, Explained
While little is known of the movie’s plot, merchandise for the film has surfaced, revealing that the film’s villain will be Sabbac. An action figure of the character explains that he will be a leader of Intergang (a criminal group that uses technology from Apokolips, Darkseid’s homeworld in comics) that gets possessed by a demon to become a villain that rivals Black Adam in power. As for the JSA, the films’ stars have teased that the team’s members have comic-accurate origins in the DCEU.
Though director Jaume Collet-Serra says the film doesn’t explore it in-depth, Hodge has confirmed that his Hawkman undergoes reincarnation and originally started out as the Egyptian Prince Khufu, before discovering the Nth metal that gives him power and makes up his weaponry. Swindell has also hinted a comic-accurate origin for her Cyclone, saying that her powers are “something that was forced upon her by a scientist, and so she has this aspect of her where she can control nanobots.” For comic book readers looking to gain some background knowledge prior to the film’s release, a series of prequel one-shots will explore each member of the Justice Society of America, titled Black Adam: The Justice Society Files.
Black Adam strikes theaters on Oct….