Black Adam Trailer Secrets Revealed: JSA Predates Justice League & More
Ahead of the release of the new Black Adam trailer featuring former DC Comics anti-heroes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson going up against the Justice Society, IGN and a small press group have been asked to screen the trailer and participate in a Q&A with some of the cast on the Warner Bros. studio lot. The cast included Aldis Hodge (Hawkman), Quintessa Swindell (Cyclone), Sarah Shahi (Adrianna), and Mo Amer (Kamir). We’ve heard their reaction to the explosive second trailer and learned some trivia about their characters and the history of the Justice Society ahead of the film’s October 21 release date.
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the new Black Adam trailer.
The Black Adam Wrangler
The trailer shows how Black Adam’s origin dates back to ancient times where he suffered a great tragedy, the loss of his family, and then after 5000 years of slumber, he wakes up in the modern world. And isn’t the boy a morning person. The trailer shows Black Adam unleashing his destructive powers on gun-toting goons and the heroes of the Justice Society, but there’s someone who is able to quiet the beast. Step into Sarah Shahi’s character, Adrianna, who the actress jokingly describes as “wrestler Black Adam.”
“My character in the movie, she’s sort of the leader of this resistance movement,” Shahi explained. “There is a big oppressive gang that is attacking the country [of Kahndaq]. And then I’m in charge of gathering the troops to defeat them. She’s almost like an Indiana Jones meets Laura Croft kind of character.
In comics, Black Adam was originally a man named Teth-Adam, a slave in the fictional former country of Kahndaq. He was given the power by the wizard Shazam to rise up and free his people, but after going too far in carrying out his brutal sense of justice, the wizard banished him. Upon awakening, Black Adam’s first task was to restore freedom to Kahndaq. It seems like the movie is following the same lead, and if Adrianna has the same goal, then it makes sense that he would listen to her and she could calm down the lightning-infused monster.
In the comics, Adrianna becomes the reincarnation of Black Adam’s wife from ancient times, Isis. Shahi didn’t mention Isis when describing her character, but it’s possible the movie features her superpowered alias.
Don’t touch the bear
Alongside Adrianna fights her brother Kamir, a new character played by comedian Mo Amer. Speaking about his character, Amer described him as a lovely guy with pure intentions who wants to stay out of conflict, but his sister’s mission to save Kahndaq sees him drawn into the fray regardless.
“I describe it as a bear,” Amer said. “Bears are cute and nice from afar, but you start playing with him and he’ll fuck you up too. He’ll protect his cubs and protect his family.
While Black Adam’s arrival on the scene is cause for fear — the dude can hit jets from the sky — Amer says Kamir and his sister see something worthwhile buried beneath all that rage.
” I’m afraid of [Black Adam], so he’s scary, but you also feel very connected to him in a weird way,” Amer said. “We know that underneath it all is a purity that we’re trying to achieve, but do we want to be zapped before that happens?”
Moving like the wind
Black Adam presents the big screen debut of the justice society, which in the film consists of Doctor Fate, Hawkman, Atom Smasher, and Quintessa Swindell’s Cyclone. The wind-manipulating superhero is new to the team, along with Atom Smasher, and they’ve got their world rocked by the arrival of Black Adam, no pun intended. They were taught a black and white version of justice by joining the Society, but Black Adam forces them to consider another point of view.
“I think when she’s introduced to Black Adam, over the course of the movie, there’s kind of a bubbling question that arises, ‘Are we on the safe side? And are good and evil so black and white? Or is there some sort of gray area that you can operate in that isn’t necessarily indicative of how we view justice? “Said Swindell.
The trailer shows Cyclone using her power to create a whirlwind that lifts a bunch of wooden poles into the air and sends them raining down around Black Adam to create a makeshift prison. After spending months training to perfect her character’s unique, danceable fight choreography, Swindell’s reaction to seeing the finished product on the big screen for the first time can be summed up in two choice words she shared. with us: “F***!” and “Wow!”
justice like lightning
While the characters of Swindell, Amer, and Shahi can be open to the new ideas Black Adam has to offer, Aldis Hodge’s Hawkman isn’t as receptive. In the comics, these two characters have a clash of ideals followed by a literal clash of fists, and it looks like the movie is following suit, as in the trailer we see Hawkman attempt to hit Black Adam with his Nth metal mace only for Black Adam to block the blow and detonate it.
“There is an understanding of justice, but there is a different perspective on how to get that justice. So that’s where Black Adam and Hawkman really go head-to-head,” Hodge explained, comparing the two heavyweights to “oil and water.”
As Black Adam gets the better of Hawkman in the trailer, we imagine that won’t be the end of their battle. Hodge described how, because Hawkman is an ancient warrior (something he has in common with Black Adam), he’s picked up various fight movies and battle tactics over the centuries, and these all came together to create a unique fighting style for the winged warrior. Hoping he picked up something to help him deal with a muscular maniac fueled by magic lightning.
Expansion of the DCEU
Even though movie-going audiences have already encountered the members of the Justice League and recognize them as the first superhero team in the DC Universe, the Justice Society actually predates the League.
“Justice Society was the very first superhero team ever,” Hodge boasted.
In the comics, the Justice Society of America is DC’s original superhero team, and the Justice League came after. It seems to be the same case in the DCEU. The comic version of the JSA featured the first generation of superheroes, including Jay Garrick Flash and Alan Scott Green Lantern, who made it their mission to recruit and train the next generation of heroes. We see this play out in the film with Pierce Brosnan’s Doctor Fate and Hodge’s Hawkman acting as veteran heroes forming new members Atom Smasher and Cyclone.
But will we see how this team fits into the wider landscape of the DCEU? A quick appearance in the trailer from Suicide Squad director Amanda Waller (played again by Viola Davis) shows that this movie does indeed connect to what has come before, and the way Swindell tells it, there’s potential. for more, saying, “When you watch the movie, you can imagine it all coexisting together. Even considering it’s like the first, for us [the Justice Society]but the DC world expands a bit and then there’s room for more to come, which I think is the most amazing part of the movie.
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