With only a few days before Black Adam hits theaters, the hype has become almost palpable to see The Rock becoming the charismatic anti-hero on the big screen. After years in development, the titular anti-hero will finally be making his appearance. However, fans are interestingly more excited for the rumored appearance of Henry Cavill’s Superman, which is now almost confirmed by The Rock himself. The epic showdown is arguably the biggest reason behind the upcoming movie’s massive hype.
While fans are surely excited about Superman’s return, the decision to pit Black Adam against the Man of Steel has left a few fans unhappy. In the comics, Black Adam’s arch-nemesis has always been Shazam, who has been sadly sidelined.
Black Adam Became Shazam’s Ongoing Arch Nemesis
However, not all of Shazam’s conflicts with Black Adam have been particularly personal. In the September 1980 issue of World’s Finest, Black Adam is recruited to a new version of the Monster’s Society of Evil, as formed by the devious caterpillar, Mister Mind, with Billy Batson as its first target. There was also a major event in DC’s New 52 continuity in which Black Adam starts World War III, which Shazam ends with the help of Zatanna by changing their shared magic word from “Shazam” to “Chocolate Ice Cream,” rendering Black Adam unable to unleash his powers once he returns to his human form.
Why there’s no Shazam Cameo in Black Adam?
Dwayne Johnson has been hyping his desire to face Metropolis’ protector and part-time reporter Clark Kent, aka Superman. This is in stark contrast to the comics, where Black Adam is the arch-enemy of the mage-powered superhero Shazam. Fans began to question the Rock’s decision to fight Superman rather than Shazam, even though Shazam is getting a sequel titled Shazam!: Fury of the Gods.
Fans took to Twitter to voice their opinions, with many implying that it was Dwayne Johnson’s alleged ego about the massiveness of Superman compared to Shazam that swayed DC’s decision.
Many fans are excited to see Henry Cavill as Superman, but many fans were unhappy as they wanted to see the showdown between Black Adam and Shazam. Fans want to see Superman teaming up with Shazam to fight against Black Adam, but they feel that the former WWE superstar doesn’t really want to share his screen with Zachary Levi’s Shazam, at least for now. Nevertheless, The Rock has cleared up in the past regarding his no-show in Shazam! (2019), as the ‘People’s Champ’ wanted to flesh out his Black Adam character properly before fighting his arch-nemesis on the big screen.
Black Adam is set to release on October 21 in theaters.