Dwayne Johnson in the lead role, Adam beats up hero and villain alike after being released from a 5,000-year imprisonment, from the early scenes until the credits roll (the post-credits scene is comparatively chill).dropped into theaters , bringing to the silver screen for the first time in live action. With
"The arrival of megastar Dwayne Johnson in the DC universe, plus the long wait for the film's arrival, built Black Adam into feeling like an event," CNET's Richard Trenholm. "Now it's here, and it doesn't feel that momentous. Still, it's a big spectacular time at the movies, and what more do you want from the Rock?"
However, there's one more hero waiting in the wings. Someone who appears only when Black Adam's first adventure is done. Let's Shazam our way into the land of SPOILERS and talk about the post-credits scene.
The Man of Steel returns
With demonic champion Sabbac ripped in two and Black Adam firmly installed as Kahndaq's champion, Task Force X boss Amanda Waller (played by Viola Davis, and last seen in series ) sends a drone to the temple Adam hangs out in so she can have a friendly Zoom with the antihero.
Unfortunately, Waller is incapable of being friendly and is furious about Adam escaping captivity in her base. She warns him to stay in Kahndaq or she'll send extremely powerful people who owe her favors to stop him.
Adam basically tells her to bring it on, so a flying being lands dramatically and a familiar caped silhouette emerges from the smoke.
Oh jeepers, guys, it's only Superman (Henry Cavill).
"It's been a while since anyone's made the world so nervous," the Kryptonian hero says. "Black Adam, we should talk."
What does it mean?
We're gonna get more of Cavill's version of Superman, and he's almost certainly going to fight Black Adam. The scene ends with Superman's invitation to chat, but Adam's short fuse means they almost certainly get into a big fight with heaps of property damage and ambiguous loss of life.
Johnson has ideas about how the battle would play out, he told YouTuber Jake's Takes in an interview prior to the movie's release.
"I think Black Adam lands the first punch. Now, I don't know if Black Adam lands the last punch," he said. "I can see things so clearly ... what that scene looks like, what that film looks like, what the next three films look like. Now, whether or not that comes to fruition -- that always helps, when you have that kind of clarity."
Cavill Supes debuted in 2013's Man of Steel and was last seen in (aka the Snyder Cut) in 2021, and that movie's ending left us in .
The director said that isn't canon, but both the Snyder Cut and Joss Whedon's 2017 version of the movie see the uncorrupted, present-day Superman joining Batman and Wonder Woman preparing to set up the Justice League.
The team also showed up in the finale of HBO show Peacemaker earlier this year, but Superman remained in the shadows in that appearance (he was played by Brad Abramenko). The character showed up in similar fashion in 2019's Shazam, where he was only seen from the neck down (and portrayed by Ryan Handley).
So Superman has never been too far from our screens, but there was cast a Black actor in the role, but the character is iconic and archetypal enough that multiple versions could exist (and probably come together in a multiversal crossover like )., and it was reported that studio Warner Bros. wanted to
Recent might move on from Cavill, though the actor's popularity made that unlikely. There's been no official word about him doing another solo Superman movie, but The Hollywood Reporter noted that Warner Bros. is determined to give Cavill another outing and is currently searching for writers.added fuel to the idea that the studio
Speaking to MTV on Oct. 26, Cavill reportedly hinted that future appearances will lean into the character's inherent optimism.
"There is such a bright future ahead for the character, and I'm so excited to tell a story with an enormously joyful Superman," he said.
Since the movie's release, parent company Warner Bros. Discovery named director James Gunn (responsible forand Peacemaker) and producer Peter Safran will . It's unclear how this will change its plans for Superman.
What can the comics tell us?
Black Adam's long comic book history is complex due to DC's back in 1945. He's become more nuanced in the decades since, shifting toward a dark antihero who often enters into uneasy alliances with the heroes (mostly because he's a violent, unpredictable and kind of a jerk)., having started out as a villain
That could happen in the next movie as well -- Adam and Superman will have an epic battle before reaching some kind of a truce. Despite his physical prowess, Superman is traditionally vulnerable to magic, meaning Adam will have advantage.
Hopefully Shazam will get involved too, since he and Superman are buds and Shazam's powers are derived from the same source as Adam's. We could get a hint of that in, which is scheduled to hit theaters on March 17, 2023.