DC Universe introduces a new supervillain/antihero in its latest film, black adam. However, he seems to have a lot in common with an existing superhero: Shazam. Black Adam says the same magic word to surrender and take back the power from him. He can also fly and shoot lightning. One can’t help but wonder what exactly Black Adam’s connection to Shazam is.
Black Adam is the predecessor of Shazam
What black adam he explains, Teth-Adam received his power from the same council of magicians. In the DC comics, he was chosen by the wizard Shazam, who chose Billy Batson to be his champion 5,000 years later. Unlike Billy, Teth-Adam got his powers from the Egyptian gods: Shu, Heru, Amon, Zehuti, Aton, and Mehen. However, Shazam’s power came from other mythical heroes: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury.
The comics initially saw Teth-Adam being corrupted by his power and becoming a supervillain. In the movie, Teth-Adam wasn’t Shazam’s chosen champion; instead, his son was chosen and he later transferred power to Teth-Adam to protect him. Teth-Adam then avenged the death of his family and was imprisoned for 5,000 years. Unlike Billy Batson’s Shazam, Black Adam is much more brutal and violent. Although they share the same symbol and similar costumes and even have identical superpowers, they are not the same.
Is a Black Adam/Shazam crossover happening in the DCU?
The answer is yes. Black Adam actor Dwayne Johnson recently confirmed that the crossover between his godly anti-hero and Shazam is “going to happen.” However, they first had to correctly establish the origin story of each superhero. Previously, Johnson revealed that the original script for black adam initially “had both [Black Adam and Shazam] establishing their origin stories in a single film.” The actor had to fight hard for the two characters “to have their own standalone films.”
When will Black Adam face Shazam?
In the comics, the two divine super beings of the same origin have crossed paths many times. In fact, Black Adam went head-to-head with the Shazam family, challenging them over their shared power source. Billy was still a kid learning about his superpower. Black Adam, on the other hand, was an ancient being.
Shazam! fury of the gods Director David F. Sandberg previously confirmed that the confrontation between Black Adam and Shazam would not be in the second installment of Shazam as Johnson got his own standalone film to set the tone for Black Adam and Shazam! two I would do the same. However, it would be possible to see it happening in Shazam 3 either black adam 2.