Warning: potential SPOILERS for Shazam!
With the Shazam! movie following the hero's comic book origin, fans were right to expect Black Adam would play the villain. But we have theory: even if Adam doesn't appear in the flesh, Shazam! may have already confirmed his role in setting up the DCEU.
With the movie taking such obvious inspiration from Geoff Johns' 2011 Shazam reboot comic, it didn't take long for the entire industry to presume the Shazam! movie would include Black Adam. After all, that comic was as much an origin story for Billy Batson's arch nemesis as it was for himself. And with Dwayne Johnson publicly playing the villain/antihero long before Zachary Levi was cast, it was a foregone conclusion that Johnson would star in their eventual debut. Eventually, other rumors suggested that Black Adam would debut in Suicide Squad 2, although that was before it was reported that James Gunn would 'reboot' the Suicide Squad in a story all his own.
So, when will Black Adam make his presence known in the DCEU? Well, if fans pay close attention to the Shazam! footage shown so far, they may actually see Black Adam's impact loud and clear.
- This Page: Shazam! Already Hinted at Black Adam's Role
- Page 2: How Black Adam Likely Set Shazam! in Motion
Shazam! Confirms The Council of Eternity
While the key piece of evidence was visible from the very first Shazam! trailer, the majesty of seeing Billy Batson enter the movie version of The Rock of Eternity is distracting. And most distracting to the comic fans who would actually be able to spot, then appreciate the meaning of the set decoration. The version of The Rock of Eternity introduced in the DCEU isn't home to just one throne from which The Wizard might rule... but seven of them.
It's easier to notice the entire semi-circle of thrones in the second Shazam! TV spot, which includes an overhead shot of the space. It's unremarkable for now, with the dim light illuminating only the platform of thrones, and the staircase leading up to it (and the statues that held the Seven Sins, if our theory is correct). But those thrones are all that's needed to confirm that Shazam! isn't just making The Wizard canon--it's making the entire Council of Eternity canon, too.
Only The Wizard Shazam is Left Alive
Hopefully even casual movie fans can appreciate the importance of the empty thrones beside The Wizard Shazam, and the question their vacancies are meant to pose. The Council of Eternity, as introduced in the modern world of DC Comics, were a collection of seven magic users from cultures across the globe (Egyptian, Native American, Chinese, etc.). While they were once famous in the ancient world, Billy learned of them in basically the same way as the movie looks to telling the story.
An empty hall. An empty ring of thrones. And one old, weak, desperate wizard. A wizard with no choice but to choose his final champion--a godlike hero made from an everyday human to carry on his power. And most importantly, to stand against the previous champion who brought ruin to the entire Council of Eternity. The previous champion chosen by the Council, and the previous champion that Shazam! may have just confirmed to exist in the DCEU. The previous champion fans know best as Black Adam.
Page 2 of 2: How Black Adam Likely Set Shazam! in Motion
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