Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for Black AdamBlack Adam is finally in theaters and promises to take the DC Extended Universe in new and exciting directions. And while the film works fairly well as a simple story, there are several nods to the bigger picture as Black Adam prepares to meet other DCEU metahumans. So now that we went to the cinema to see it Dwayne Johnson As you become DC’s favorite anti-hero, it’s time to unravel the Easter eggs, comic book references and secrets hidden within Black Adam.
The Six Demons
Black AdamThe plot of revolves around the Crown of Sabbac, an arcane artifact that can bestow almost unlimited power on its wielder. This power comes from six demons from Hell and mimics the bounty bestowed upon their champion by the Wizarding Council. So both Black Adam and Shazam have the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the endurance of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury – yes, it spells SHAZAM. Similarly, Sabbac’s supervillain name comes from the six demons that power him, Satan, Aym, Belial, Beelzebub, Asmodeus, and Crateis.
Intergang Origins revised
In DC Comics, the Intergang is an international crime syndicate that follows the Religion of Crime, an ancient guide created by Darkseid himself to spread evil on Earth. Because they serve Apokolips, the Intergang are usually equipped with alien technology that allows them to fight metahumans and commit crimes. in the Black Adam, the Intergang also has some wondrous technologies, but it’s all derived from Eternium, a special mineral found only in Kahndaq that can be used to channel magic. There’s no mention of Apokolips or Darkseid in the film, so it seems like they reworked Intergang’s origins. However, with Darkseid still a loose thread in the DCEU, there is nothing stopping this intergang from allying with Apokolips in the future.
Justice League merchandise
As well as Shazam! made in 2019, Black Adam shows how superheroes became celebrities in the DCEU. Therefore Amon (Bodhi Sabongui) contains comics based on the members of the Justice League, such as Wonder Woman and Cyborg. His bedroom is also full of posters and toys based on great heroes like Batman, Aquaman, Superman and Flash. Now all we have to do is find out if superheroes get royalties from all this merch.
The good the bad and the ugly
At a certain point in Black AdamAdrianna’s (Sarah Shah) Brother Karim (Mohammed Amer) is watching a western on TV. The film is nothing but The good the bad and the uglyone of the films, which in turn helped Clinton Eastwood to a Hollywood legend. Black Adam goes even further in the reference by showing a western duel just minutes later. Several intergang guards watch Black Adam while a western duel soundtrack plays. Of course, they all get fried because Teth-Adam shoots lightning faster than a human can use a gun.
As the Justice Society prepares to depart for Kahndaq, they board Hawkmans (Aldis Hodge) Ship. When asked about the composition of the ship, Hawkman says that everything is Nth Metal, even the bolts. Nth is a special metal native to the planet Thanagar. The metal has properties that defy gravity, and both armor and weapons made from this metal react to their owner’s mental waves. While the film doesn’t explain this, this is the origin of Hawkman’s wondrous technology.
Doctor Fate alien helmet
Black Adam says that the helmet Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan) is used, is extraterrestrial in origin, and even teases that Kent Nelson becomes “possessed” when he wears the helmet. That’s because the Helm was created by Nabu, a Lord of Order who came to Earth billions of years ago to fight the Lords of Chaos. Both types of creatures are cosmic beings possessing immeasurable magical powers and represent elemental aspects of the universe. Whenever Kent dons the helmet, the spirit of Nabu uses his body to manifest. Every time a host dies, Nabu can still live by finding a new body to use the helm.
The fall of the sorcerers
In 2019 Shazam!we learn that the wizard Shazam (Djimon Hounsou) has been searching for a worthy champion for centuries after someone misused his powers and nearly destroyed the Wizarding Council. Black Adam explains exactly what happened. When the wizards attempted to contain Teth-Adam due to his destructive behavior, the anti-hero killed every wizard except one, Shazam. It’s also nice to see Hounsou back in the DCEU, if only for a cameo.
Task Force X
After Teth-Adam is unleashed in Kahndaq, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) contacts the Justice Society so they can understand the metahuman. Waller also promises to provide a prison strong enough to hold him. The prison is a Task Force X Black Site, an underwater base that holds other dangerous prisoners. Task Force X, for those who need to be reminded, is the official name of the Suicide Squad. So if Black Adam takes place after that James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad and peacemaker, it looks like the program went official and Waller expanded her budget. We also get a cameo from Jennifer Holland as Emilia Harcourt, who was apparently promoted afterwards peacemaker. Good for you!
The Rock of Finality
After Ishmael (Marwan Kenzari) dies, he finds himself in the Rock of Finality, where the six Demon Lords bestow their power on him to turn him into Sabbac. The Rock of Finality is the dark mirror of the Rock of Eternity, a focal point for magic that the wizard Shazam uses as his base. Just as the Shazam wizard summons his champions to the Rock of Eternity, the Demon Lords must meet their warriors at the Rock of Finality.
A surprise from Krypton
At the end of Black Adam, Amanda Waller threatens to send someone to contain Teth-Adam if he ever leaves Kahndaq. Teth-Adam is not afraid of any Earth warrior, so Waller decides to send a hero from Krypton. That’s right folks Henry Cavill is back in his legendary role and ready to fight Black Adam. Let’s hope it happens soon.
Black Adam is coming to cinemas now.
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