Introduced in 1945, Black Adam is one of Shazam’s (formerly known as Captain Marvel) greatest adversaries, arguably just as prominent, if not more son, as Doctor Thaddeus Sivana. While Black Adam initially behaved like a straightforward supervillain, in the modern era, he’s frequently been depicted as an anti-hero who will do anything to protect the world, particularly the people of Kahndaq, but uses brutal methods frowned upon by your average superhero.
Well, Zack Snyder has a plan for that too, as he mentioned that Zack Snyder’s Justice League is apparently being shopped for distribution wherever HBO Max isn’t available. Whether that distribution is for television, theatrical, or both, is yet to be determined. But one thing is for sure, the fans who wanted to see the Snyder Cut are about to get it, and they’ll get to choose how they want to see it.
That’s just enough to spring into a backflip. During their conversation with Variety, Bendinger and Bring It On’s director Peyton Reed told the trade that the idea of a sequel has been on their minds for some time now, and they’ve been bouncing ideas between one another all this time. While there isn’t another movie officially in the works, it certainly looks like there could be. Here’s what Reed said:
It’s unclear if any other Justice Society heroes will appear in Black Adam, but for now, it looks like Hawkman, Doctor Fate, Cyclone and Atom Smasher will make up the main lineup. It’ll also be interesting to see what aspects of these characters from the comics are retained for the movie, and whether of them will be significantly altered. As far as Hawkman and Atom Smasher go, both of them have unique relationships with Black Adam in the DC Comics universe (usually involving violence), so I’m particularly jazzed to see how those are translated for the DCEU.
As longtime fans of Shazam know, the word Billy Batson uses to transform into an adult superhero is an acronym made up of the deities and mythological figures from whom he draws his special abilities: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury. Black Adam, one of Shazam’s greatest adversaries, also uses that same word to his advantage, although in that case, the figures he draws powers from are all Egyptian Gods: She, Heru, Amon, Zehuti, Aton and Mehen.
We get peeks at some of The Batman’s other starring characters, including Jeffrey Wright’s James Gordon, Zoe Kravitz’s Catwoman, Colin Farrell’s Penguin and Peter Sarsgaard’s Gil Colson (as well as voiceover from Andy Serkis’ Alfred Pennyworth), but obviously the eponymous character is front and center, in and out of costume. Speaking of a suited-up Bruce, arguably his best moment in this trailer comes towards the end, when he savagely beats up one of the criminals who picked a fight with him and declares, “I’m vengeance!” Anyone else get goosebumps?