Black Adam: What are Black Adam’s superpowers and everything you need to know

Black Adam’s first full-length trailer is finally out. Fans after waiting for months, it offers us the solid look to Dwayne Johnson as the title DC character. And the disastrous it is, the disastrous it is. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, the movie is a spin-off of Shazam starring Zachary Levi. However the 2019 film was a funny comedy, the upcoming title is far from it. The trailer contains Dwayne’s Black Adam doing some big destruction and it just creates a thread around the character.

From the DC character’s comic book source to the movie’s characters, here’s what you need to know:

Who actually is Black Adam?

In the comics, Black Adam was a perverted ancient Egyptian with a complex backstory. He first appeared as a side character in Captain Marvel’s Adventures in 1945 (erroneously, not a Marvel character, but an old character who dated before the founding of Marvel) and then relaunched in the 1970s when the old Captain Marvel was licensed as DC and Shazam again.

His real name was Teth-Adam, and the magician Shazam gave him super powers. However, once in power he became evil and decided to conquer the world starting from Egypt. Shazam was unable to recapture the powers vested in Black Adam, so he exiled Black Adam, who did not return to Earth until 1945.

But the comic book’s stories are flexile, and Black Adam’s storyline has been rewritten several times since his 1st run-through. You can spend months digging up old problems, catching up on all his stories. There’s no query you don’t need to know anything about Black Adam’s comic past to understand the movie – DC isn’t about cutting out a huge number of potential movie viewers.

Is Dc’s Black Adam a hero or a villain?

Basically, a villain. And he seems to have leaned that way into the picture. But yes, moviegoers love The Rock, and maybe Warner Bros. will be tempted to give him a revelation that makes him feel good. Call him antihero? How did people like that root for Tony Soprano even though they knew he was doing bad things?

The trailer mock a awful backstory involving her son, and when Hawkman says, “There are heroes and villains in this world. Heroes don’t kill people.” Black Adam replies, “Well, I do.”

He added in the trailer that he “could be the destroyer of this world, or you could be its savior.” Although Black Adam could not say which way he was leaning, he was then seen grabbing a rocket that would kill two regular people in a Scooby-Doo-style van. So at least he is their savior?

What are Black Adam’s superpowers?

The trailer shows Black Adam as a powerful force as he smashes planes, people and more with his bare hands. He has all the power of Shazam – it stands for the wisdom of Solomon, the power of Hercules, the power of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the motion of Mercury. Much like Superman, he’s got a set of God-like skills. And judging from a scene in the trailer where he caught a rocket, he seems invincible. So far it’s known that he is as strong as Superman but the key difference between the two is that Black Adam does not lag behind, making him an even bigger threat.


  • Dwayne Johnson as Teth-Adam/Black Adam
  • Aldis Hodge as Carter Hall/Hawkman
  • Noah Centineo as Al Rothstein/Atom Smasher
  • Sarah Shahi as Professor Adrianna Tomaz
  • Marwan Kenzari as Ishmael
  • Quintessa Swindell as Maxine Hunkel/Cyclone
  • Bodhi Sabongui as Amon
  • Pierce Brosnan as Kent Nelson/Doctor Fate
  • Djimon Hounsou as Shazam
  • Odelya Halevi as Shiruta

Who Is behind the camera for DC’s Black Adam?

Director Jaume Collet-Serra – one of the most famous for Liam Nisson action cars, along with terrific projects like House of Wax and Orphan – will run the project. The script was drafted by Adam Sztykiel (Rampage and Scoob) and the likes of The Mauritanian screenwriters Sohrab Noshirvani and Rory Haines.

Release date of DC’s Black Adam

Warner Bros’s Black Adam is scheduled to be released in the US on 21st October 2022 and will be available to stream 45 days later (so around 5 December 2022).

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