When you thought finally With most of the names in the ever-growing Suicide Squad committed to memory, DC introduces a new team of anti-heroes in “Black Adam,” its latest bid to dominate the box office.
Meet the Justice Society of America (JSA), a group of superheroes who want to take down, or at least better control, the titular anti-hero Black Adam. You may not remember these characters from past movies (except for a cameo from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), but they’ve been comic book fans for decades.
Before you watch “Black Adam,” meet the new cast of morally ambiguous superhumans. From Doctor Fate to Adam himself, here are the new faces you’ll meet in “Black Adam.” (“Black Adam” is distributed by Warner Bros., which shares parent company Warner Bros. Discovery with CNN.)
Actors: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Powers: Super speed and strength, magic, flight, lightning, long life, among many others
Black Adam is Shazam’s morally ambiguous predecessor, a rogue superhero turned teenager. Adam was born centuries ago as “Teth-Adam,” a regular guy who becomes “championed” by a wizard named Shazam, who imbues him with the power of various gods, according to DC. Unlike the superhero Shazam (another type of wizard – yes, he’s messed up), Teth-Adam didn’t use his newfound powers for good. The wizard who gave him his powers has banished him and given him a new name to match his corrupted heart: Black Adam.
We meet Adam on his return from 5,000 years of imprisonment. He plans to liberate his homeland, a fictional North African country called Kahndaq, Johnson told the New York Times. But Wonder Woman, it’s not — Adam “rightfully kills people” to further his cause, Empire Magazine said in its three-star review of the film. DC believes that he is “the right person to rule mankind,” and sometimes that means making choices that prioritize the good of the many over the lives of the few.
Actors: Pierce Brosnan
Powers: Sorcery, uber-intelligence, flight: the works!
Nerd by day and wizard by night, Kent Nelson is a “genius academic” who becomes a formidable hero when he dons the golden “Helmet of Destiny,” which is also imbued with godlike powers, says DC. In an interview with the AV Club, Brosnan explained that the helmet is both a “curse and a blessing” that the character experiences because his father, an archaeologist, discovered the artifact.
Doctor Fate helped found the Justice Society, a super team of superheroes tasked with suppressing Black Adam’s anti-heroics in the film. On screen, Brosnan-as-Fate is a seasoned veteran of the JSA, keeping the rookies in line while taking on Adam, but he also has secrets, Brosnan teased.
Actors: Aldis Hodge
Powers: Flight, great strength, general master of combat
Add another bird-themed superhero to your mental rolodex and meet Hodge’s Hawkman, a hero who flies with huge golden wings and dons a golden helmet complete with a golden bird’s beak. Good luck, Adam! In the film, Hawkman leads the JSA to stop Adam, but still relies on Doctor Fate for advice from his father.
The character has “been through so much,” Hodge teased in an interview with Vanity Fair, and those experiences have influenced his colorful fighting style. Hawkman, aka Carter Hall, is also a bad match for Adam, Hodge said, as they both want justice, but have different and uncompromising ideas about how to get it. After all, he said, they find “mutual respect” for each other, two supers with impressive strength.
He’s also motivated by love – throughout his life in DC Comics, he’s had a close relationship with, natch, Hawkgirl.
Actors: Quintessa Swindell
Powers: Controlling the wind
It’s one thing for a cursed amulet or artifact to bestow powers; just harnessing the elements is another. Meet Cyclone, a teenage hero whose mind can manipulate the air and weaponize extreme weather to ward off enemies (he received his powers after being a test subject for evil scientists). According to DC, he brings a “social justice attitude” to the Justice Society.
Swindell, a non-binary actress, has said that her character is influenced by ballet, and although Cyclone, aka Maxine Hunkel, is the newest member of the JSA, she’s not afraid to embrace her true self: “I’ve rarely seen a role that paints a young girl in her quirkiness. in a way that gives her the ability to live authentically and truthfully,” Swindell said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Actors: Noah Centineo
Powers: Go giant at will and then go back
Don’t Call Ant-Man: This is Atom Smasher, a young JSA recruiter whose powers you’ll no doubt recognize – he’s a “mass manipulator,” meaning he can transform into a Godzilla-sized version of himself, but minus the size. – Changing technology. Atom Smasher is a “metahuman,” like Cyclone, and the bulking up process is painful, Centineo told Syfy: His muscles “break and then form,” and then break and form again when he returns to his standard size. .
He’s also a “nepotism baby”: his grandfather, “forced into villainy,” Centineo said, was the first to receive the powers that Atom Smasher inherited, so despite his JSA peers’ lack of experience, he “comes in.” from this pedigree” makes him a confident, if arrogant, asset to the team.