The Justice Society of America has gained a few moments in the spotlight lately, after being featured in DC TV shows like Legends of Tomorrow and Stargirl, but now it looks like the team will be making its way to the big screen. During a panel at DC FanDome, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson revealed that not only will the upcoming Black Adam movie feature both the titular Black Adam and the previously announced Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, but will also bring in several members of the JSA.
Though no casting was announced, Black Adam will feature Dr. Fate, Hawkman, and Cyclone, who will be joining Adam and Atom Smasher to learn a thing or two about being superheroes–or, at least, about being superheroes the Black Adam way. Johnson was quick to explain that Black Adam has a strict and personal sense of justice that doesn’t necessarily align with traditional morality.
Born centuries ago in the fictional nation of Kahndaq, Adam was a slave until he was granted power by the wizard Shazam. Like Billy Batson, Adam’s powers are granted to him by a pantheon of gods that make up the SHAZAM acronym: the stamina of Shu, the swiftness of Heru, the strength of Amon, the wisdom of Zehuti, the power of Aton, and the courage of Mehen. Unlike Billy Batson, however, Adam promptly used his abilities to become a “tyrannical” (depending on your perspective) ruler and king. So, judging him unworthy, of his new abilities, the wizard Shazam imprisoned him, where he remained for 5000 years.
It’s unclear what, exactly, frees Adam from his prison or how he ends up embroiled in the JSA. By the sound of things, Adam will be fighting with the team rather than against them–at least tenuously–leading us to believe the movie will be inspired by or adapt from the JSA comics by Geoff Johns and David Goyer.
Black Adam currently has no release date on the schedule.
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