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Captain Marvel’s arch-enemy, Black Adam, is getting featured in a standalone film as part of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), with Dwayne Johnson set to play the character.
For several years, Johnson had been connected to the titular role of Shazam until it was made known earlier this year that he chose instead to play Black Adam. Not long after the announcement, it was revealed that the anti-hero will have his own standalone film, instead of playing the villain in Shazam.
Black Adam was created in 1945 by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck. He appeared on the first issue of The Marvel Family comic book, published by Fawcett Comics. Upon getting the license for the series, DC made Black Adam a recurring character for the revived series under the titled Shazam!
Black Adam was originally depicted by Fawcett Comics as an ancient Egyptian who was chosen by Shazam, the wizard, to be his successor. Power soon consumed him and he was banished far into the universe. He came back thousands of years later to a world where the Marvel Family had become Shazam’s chosen heroes to protect Earth.
The origin of Black Adam went through several more revisions under DC but Johnson has revealed that the character in DCEU will be based on the depiction in The New 52. His origin is that of a young Kahndaqi boy named Aman who experienced the cruelty of slavery. With the experience he became one who wants to protect his people from cruelty. As such he has become an anti-hero who has good intentions, but evil ways.
No other details have been shared about the planned movie yet. Black Adam is will not be appearing in Shazam, to be released in Spring of 2019, but will instead star in his own movie.