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Black Adam: Is The Justice Society of America Set To Replace The Justice League?

A spoiler-free discussion.

Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, seen here in full costume
Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, seen here in full costume

There is certainly a lot to be excited about when it comes to the Black Adam film. First of all, it will be the character’s debut into the DCEU, one that has been teased since as early as 2014 and looks to be inching closer towards materializing in July of this year. The introduction of Black Adam will also mark the increased potential for a Shazam versus Black Adam film in the near future as well, something the fans have been clamoring on for a long time, as the two characters are known rivals in the comics and video games.

With all that excitement out of the way, there is a point to ponder on that could very well potentially hint at where the DCEU is heading towards: the inclusion of the Justice Society of America in the Black Adam movie.

For the uninitiated, the Justice Society of America, often styled as JSA, is the first superhero team ever created in comic history, even before the Justice League. While the team has been through various updates and cancellations and revivals in the comics over the years, much of its core group members have remained the same, in particular Doctor Fate, Hawkman, and Atom Smasher.

The sudden introduction of the JSA into the Black Adam film is a worrying addition to the hopes of ever seeing the Justice League on screen again. As of the time of writing, there has been no certifiable word that a Justice League 2 is in the works, and it certainly looks like the JSA has been added to the DCEU to act as a sort of surrogate superhero team while the studio figures out what to do next with the Justice League.

Of course, this is not to say that the JSA is not an exciting superhero team to root for, far from it. The JSA is more than capable of having their own spinoff film or limited TV show on HBO MAX should the Black Adam film be a total success. However, it is a little sad to note that the studio has opted to create a whole new superhero team for the fans instead of giving them a continuation to a team that they are already familiar with.

Still, we would like to think that the JSA is in no way set to replace the Justice League in the DCEU. After all, it would be a silly move on the studio’s part to drop the Justice League from its line-up of potential sequels, given the success of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. There is still plenty of stories to tell, and one only hopes that the Justice Society of America would not impede the efforts of the creative team intending to tell the next Justice League story.

 

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Black Adam: Is Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam A Good Guy? | Kismet Decals

Black Adam: Is Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam A Good Guy?

A spoiler-free discussion.

Dwayne Johnson as Black AdamDwayne Johnson as Black Adam

The recent release of the DC: The World Needs Heroes trailer during the Superbowl was chock-full of exciting content for all the upcoming DCEU films for 2022. One of those said exciting moments was a more in-depth look at Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam, which has a currently scheduled release date of July 29, 2022. Based on the various snippets shown in the trailer, it would appear that Black Adam is, in fact, not going to be pegged as the main villain of the movie as initially thought, but rather, it most certainly looks like Johnson’s character is set to be a sort of conflicted anti-hero that audiences can empathize with.

This evidence can be seen from his interactions with the members of the Justice Society of America, specifically with Hawkman, where Johnson’s character delivers a monologue about losing his son, and another scene with Pierce Brosnan’s Doctor Fate, the latter of whom offers Teth-Adam a place with the JSA. If Black Adam is to be a part of the JSA in the film, it would definitely be a complete deviation from his comic book storyline, which often refers to Black Adam as the villain rather than a hero.

Perhaps this particular narrative was purposely tailored to suit Dwayne Johnson’s charismatic and good-guy persona, that way allowing him to channel his characteristics into Black Adam in order to make him a more likable character in the film. This, of course, does have its good and bad points, as the more avid fans of the character might feel that making Black Adam a protagonist rather than an antagonist might just cheapen his entire story arc.

But speculation aside, we do hope that there is no bait and switch when it comes to the character of Black Adam. Fans have already expressed their reservations regarding the character’s look, as he does not possess the hair nor the pointy ears that comic book readers have come to associate with the character of Teth-Adam.

That being said, if Johnson’s Black Adam is to be a sympathetic anti-hero in his debut film, then it could only mean that there will be a secondary villain that will be put in place for him to battle his way through alongside the Justice Society of America. This could be the only likely scenario that would lend proper credence to the idea of Black Adam ever doing anything heroic, and whether or not this is to be true remains to be seen.

Still, 2022 looks like it is going to be a very bold year for the DCEU; with four movies lined up for theatrical release, it would be interesting to see if the films can deliver and finally give the DCEU the necessary break it needs to be taken seriously as an interconnected universe.

 

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Black Adam: Is Dwayne Johnson The Right Actor For The Role? | Kismet Decals

Black Adam: Is Dwayne Johnson The Right Actor For The Role?

A spoiler-free discussion.

Where Hollywood is concerned, Dwayne Johnson is arguably its biggest star and, therefore, its biggest cash cow. The professional wrestler turned actor known for the heaps of charisma he exudes both on and off-screen makes him an individual that would be extremely difficult to dislike. Thus, it was only a matter of time before Johnson would inevitably be approached to star in a superhero film. After all, charisma aside, the man certainly has the build to accurately translate a muscle-bound comic book hero onto the live-action big screen.

Known for his heroic portrayals in various films, it came as no surprise when DC Comics initially offered the role of Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Shazam, to Johnson, which would have given the actor the perfect role to showcase his heroic prowess further. However, Johnson would eventually turn the role down, opting instead to portray Shazam’s primary antagonist, Black Adam. Fast forward to today, Black Adam has since wrapped filming and is in the post-production stage, with a release date slated for July 29th, 2022.

As excited as we are to see Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam, we would be lying if we said that we were not at all hesitant about his casting as the villain. This simply boils down to the fact that Johnson has not really played a truly villainous role throughout his career. Of course, this is not to say that he has never played an antagonist at all: far from it. But in all the roles that Johnson has been in that made him out to be the antagonist, his immediate likeability became his biggest flaw. This often made it difficult to see Johnson as a true villain, one that would be taken seriously enough to justify the character as a true baddy.

Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam, seen here in a sneak peek of a scene from the upcoming filmDwayne Johnson as Black Adam, seen here in a sneak peek of a scene from the upcoming film

Black Adam, on the other hand, is an example of a true baddy. His immortality and imprisonment for over a millennia by the wizard Shazam have rendered him cold and indifferent to all that exists around him. He is a man of few words, leaving only death and destruction in his wake, possessing absolute power and a skewed view of how the world should be. Therefore, in comparison to Dwayne Johnson’s other villainous roles, Black Adam is sure to be the actor’s darkest one yet. In order to nail the part, Johnson would have to trade in his now-iconic brow-lift, illuminating smile, and kind nature to embody a convincing all-powerful, god-like villain.

Whether or not the actor is able to achieve this darker feat remains to be seen. That being said, if Johnson does manage to pull off the character of Black Adam, it would certainly not have been the first time that we, as audiences, were pleasantly surprised by such an achievement in DC Comics film history.

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November 24, 2021 — Di Kismet
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