The DC Extended Universe has never needed a Superman more than it does now. What he has achieved is Black Adam. Dwayne Johnson’s anti-hero has powers and strength that are comparable to the Man of Steel’s abilities. They may even be bigger than Superman’s gifts. But what makes Black Adam so dangerous is that he lacks the moral compass of a hero. And he doesn’t stop at all in the newly released trailer for Black Adam. The only question now is will Black Adam use his powers to save this world from itself? Or will he destroy it instead of him?
In DC comics lore, Black Adam was the original champion of the wizard Shazam, before being exiled for his hubris and fall from grace. Now, Black Adam has escaped after 5,000 years of imprisonment, and no one can truly challenge his might as he dispenses his own brand of justice. That is why the Justice Society of America has been called in to deal with Adam.
The Justice Society may not be as famous as the Justice League, but these are the legacy heroes of this world whose lineage stretches back to World War II and beyond. Aldis Hodge co-stars as Carter Hall/Hawkman, with Noah Centineo as Albert “Al” Rothstein/Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell as Maxine Hunkel/Cyclone, and Pierce Brosnan as Kent Nelson/Doctor Fate.
In the trailer, Hawkman foolishly underestimates Black Adam’s power and is subsequently outclassed. In contrast, Nelson attempts to appeal to Black Adam’s better nature. But he may find that Black Adam has no better nature. And he has no inclination to peacefully coexist with the so-called heroes of this world. He notes that the head of Task Force X/The Suicide Squad, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), has also taken it upon herself to take down Black Adam, if that’s even possible given her god-like abilities.
Jaume Collet-Serra directed the film from a script by Adam Sztykiel. Rory Haines, and Sohrab Noshirvani. Black Adam will finally hit theaters on Friday, October 21.