Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Black Adam is stacking up to be one of DC’s biggest film yet. Not only will the movie serve as an origin story for the antagonist, but it will also introduce audiences to the Justice Society of America.
In an interview with Screen Rant, Johnson was asked if Black Adam would see a confrontation between the titular character and Levi’s Shazam. “Without giving too much away, it’s not in the plans right now,” he replied. “I think the approach that we’re talking I feel really good about, and all of the filmmakers do too as well. It’s an origin story and that’s where we start it and we root it, and then we build out from there. Now, not to say Shazam isn’t on my radar. Of course Shazam is, but so is all of DC.”
It was at this point the Justice Society of America came up. “JSA,” Johnson said. “We will introduce you to that, the world to JSA.”
Notably, the character of Black Adam has played a role in DC’s JSA titles over the years. What’s more, Shazam (formerly known as Captain Marvel) is fairly synonymous with the Justice Society a well, with the two arch-enemies even being members of the team at the same time at one point.
The Justice Society of America first appeared in All Star Comics #3 in 1940. They were first introduced during the Golden Age, making them the first team of superheroes in comics. Original members of the group included Doctor Fate, Hour-Man, the Spectre, the Sandman (Wesley Dodds), the Atom (Al Pratt), the Flash (Jay Garrick), Green Lantern (Alan Scott), and Hawkman (Carter Hall).
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, Black Adam stars Dwayne Johnson. The film is scheduled to arrive in theaters Dec. 22, 2021. Production is expected to kick off this July.