Ever since the first rumblings about
After Billy Batson is transported to the Wizard’s magical lair under the urban sprawl of Philadelphia, he’s has a history lesson about the powers that he’ll harness. The Wizard explains the power of Shazam and imparts lessons about great abilities. It’s a brief sequence but a powerful one, as Djimon Hounsou’s magical ancient uses golden glitter to showcase the backstory that led him to be alone in the ruins of the once majestic cave.
The shifting sands tell the story of a great warrior, the first to be bestowed with the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury. But rather than becoming the hero that the Counsel of Wizards had hoped, he destroyed everything in his sight–entire civilizations, legions of people. For fans of the comics, this hulking maniac sounded just like Black Adam, immediately establishing the famed villain as canon within the contemporary DC film continuity.
The entire landscape of the DC Universe is shifting entirely, from the neon-hued epic fantasy of
In the original Fawcett series, Black Adam only appeared once in
DC could go all in on a period piece. The Rock already has a connection with Ancient Egyptian stories, but this could be a true historical epic, one which showcases all of his power, strength, and the chaos that Adam wrought when he decided to take over the world. The other potential story would follow Adam banished on a star and his plan to get back to Earth, seeking revenge on the Council and the Wizard who sent him there. This would open up an arena for a vast science-fiction flick and could avoid the trappings and tropes of historical pieces.