Black Adam Is Designed to Expand the DCEU With Spinoffs, More Characters
Black Adam won't just introduce the titular character to the DCEU -- it will bring numerous new heroes into the universe.
Star Dwayne Johnson spoke to Total Film magazine for its Black Adam cover story about how the upcoming film will serve as a launch pad for other heroes. "The goal is to really expand the universe and introduce new characters and spin off and be really strategic about the plan," Johnson said. "We have a few ideas of what characters people are really going to respond to in Black Adam, and so we’re already thinking ahead to: 'Let's start thinking about that movie, and what that movie looks like for them.'"
The actor makes it clear that the film won't merely feature the Justice Society of America as the foils for Black Adam -- it will offer the DCEU its next round of leading characters. "I think our ambition has always been that this is all a shared universe, you know?" producer Hiram Garcia said. "While [Black Adam and Shazam] may not be crossing paths, everything exists in a big umbrella of the DC Universe. And we want to be able to build out the universe as big as we can, and, you know, with those ambitions. If everything's received the way we hope it will be, we have opportunities to potentially see crossovers in certain points."
Who Are the Justice Society of America?
Along with Black Adam, the new film will bring Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), and Hawkman (Aldis Hodge) to the big screen. While Johnson and Garcia don't reveal which of these characters are poised to get spinoffs, they each offer unique story possibilities within the ever-shifting DCEU.
Created by writer Gardner Fox, artist Everett E. Hibbard, and editor Sheldon Mayer, the Justice Society of America debuted in DC's All Star Comics #3 in 1940. Not only were they DC's first superhero, but they were the first superhero team to ever appear in comics. Versions of the team have appeared across comics, animation, and various live-action TV shows, but Black Adam will mark their theatrical debut.
The team originally included Doctor Fate, Hour-Man, the Spectre, the Sandman, the Atom, Flash, Green Lantern, and Hawkman. Eventually, both Atom Smasher and Cyclone would join the lineup. And if Johnson and Garcia's instincts are correct, perhaps more of the original characters will make the jump to the DCEU.
Black Adam hits theaters Oct. 21.
Source: Total Film, via GamesRadar+