It was only a month ago that it was announced that Black Adam would be getting his own solo movie. It was not a surprise given the super popularity that The Rock had experienced last year. Black Adam had previously been slated to be the villain of Shazam but the news of a solo movie indicates that there would be more to the story, not only because of Dwayne Johnson’s involvement.
Johnson explained why Black Adam was a hero or an anti-hero in his recent Q&A session on his Youtube channel. The actor passionately stated:
“It’s really our interpretation, and who we deem a hero. Yes, of course, in the mythology Black Adam is a villain. Or he can be considered an antihero. Or to some, he’s a hero. To some who have a black heart like me [laughs]. Again, I love the backstory that he started off as a slave and he was held down. And I think when that kinda backstory about a man who’s held down and he rises up out of that to become greater and then dealing with the conflict of pain of losing his family, it’s dark, but it, uh, also adds to the gravity and adds to the weight of the story. So what does it mean for the movie? It means the movie’s gonna be fantastic and it means that it’s gonna be badass. And it means to me, uh, he’s a hero.”
The backstory that Johnson is talking about is very revitalized on from the New 52 comic, which made Black Adam a more complicated character than was previously portrayed and rightly so. If Black Adam was to be given a standalone film, it would only be fair to offer the DCEU audience a compelling character whom they could root for, even when the character may not make the best choices in the future. It will also delve into a new territory for how villains have been portrayed in films because, in the end, villains are just people who have opposing principles to what is considered “the norm.”