Where does the character of Black Adam come from? What will the Black Adam movie offer? To learn all about this DC Comics anti-hero, read the article.
Black Adam is a DC Comics character relatively unknown to the general public. In the cinema, he will be interpreted by none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in an eponymous film which will be released in French cinemas on October 19. But who is this Black Adam?
Where does the character of Black Adam come from?
The character of Black Adam was created in 1945. He joined the great DC Comics universe in 1970 and his history goes back to long before the temporality of the film. It all begins in ancient Egypt, when the wizard Shazam gives the powers of six Egyptian deities to Teth-Adam to fight against the forces of evil. The latter is therefore endowed with the endurance, speed, strength, wisdom, power and courage of a god.
With the latter, Teth-Adam is in the service of Prince Khufu, but when the latter is murdered, Teth-Adam goes to the dark side and uses his powers for very personal ends. He then renamed himself “Black Adam”. Immediately informed of this heavy threat, the wizard Shazam arrests him and imprisons him in an amulet which he hides in the tomb of Ramses II.
Everything went “well” for many centuries until the end of the 20th century, when two archaeologists got their hands on this jewel. However, they are assassinated by their associate Theo Adam who appropriates the powers of Black Adam. Meanwhile, the wizard Shazam had endowed Billy Batson with divine powers. The two are therefore naturally enemies, and Black Adam, he constantly oscillates between good and evil.
What will the Black Adam movie offer?
The film Black Adam offers the following synopsis: “Nearly 5,000 years after being gifted with the almighty powers of the Egyptian gods and imprisoned just as quickly, Black Adam is released from his earthly tomb, ready to rule his unique form of justice in the modern world.” Simple and effective, a well-known recipe…
But Dwayne Johnson plays an anti-hero character and, according to him, “knowing the audience and really making sure you have your finger on the pulse of things was really important. […] If the goal is to create an antihero who can hopefully usher in a new era in the DC Universe, then what does that mean? I shouldn’t be able to do it alone. There is this anti-hero. We introduce Black Adam to the world. No other reference before me and no other actor has played Black Adam. So that’s it. Hope people like it.”
See you in theaters from October 19 to find out all about it.