2019 might have been the year of Avengers: Endgame, but one month prior, audiences were treated to a more lighthearted superhero film from the DC universe with Shazam. Starring Zachery Levi and Asher Angel, the film follows teenager Billy Batson as he acquires the powers of a god when uttering the word “Shazam!” and uses these abilities to become a superhero of the same name. A sequel is currently in development, but a spin-off is also in the works based on Shazam’s arch-nemesis.
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Black Adam is a super villain that shares the same powers as Shazam, but existed thousands of years before Billy Batson. He was the ruler of an ancient Egyptian kingdom called Khandaq who used the powers of Shazam to save it from demons, but became a corrupt ruler and was sealed away by the gods who granted him his powers. He reawakens several years later and serves as Shazam’s main antagonist.
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A film based on Black Adam has been in development for years, with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson set to star. Today, Johnson confirmed when the film will be released, along with a new poster showing The Rock in costume:
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The Man in Black ⚡️ Like most kids growing up, I dreamed about being a superhero. Having cool superpowers, fighting for what’s right and always protecting the people. It all changed for me, when I was 10yrs old and was first introduced to the greatest superhero of all time – SUPERMAN. As a kid, Superman was the hero I always wanted to be. But, a few years into my fantasy, I realized that Superman was the hero, I could never be. I was too rebellious. Too rambunctious. Too resistant to convention and authority. Despite my troubles, I was still a good kid with a good heart – I just liked to do things my way. Now, years later as a man, with the same DNA I had as a kid – my superhero dreams have come true. I’m honored to join the iconic #DCUniverse and it’s a true pleasure to become, BLACK ADAM. BLACK ADAM is blessed by magic with the powers equal to SUPERMAN, but the difference is he doesn’t toe the mark or walk the line. He’s a rebellious, one of a kind superhero, who’ll always do what’s right for the people – but he does it his way. Truth and justice – the BLACK ADAM way. This role is unlike any other I’ve ever played in my career and I’m grateful to the bone we’ll all go on this journey together. BLACK ADAM 12.22.21 ⚡️ Huge thank you to my friends, @jimlee and @bosslogic for this first time ever bad ass collaboration.
There is no word yet on whether or not Shazam will make an appearance in the film.
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