Sarah Shahi Joins Dwayne Johnson in DC’s Black Adam
According to Variety, Shahi “will play a university professor and freedom fighter leading the resistance in the fictional nation of Kahndaq.” Kahndaq is similar to Egypt, and it is the nation ruled by Black Adam. It is located on the Sinai Peninsula and was one of the countries that initiated the Freedom of Power Treaty.
Sarah Shahi is currently shooting Sex/Life for Netflix. Her previous work includes City on a Hill for Showtime, The Rookie, Reverie, The L Word, Person of Interest, and Fairly Legal. As for Black Adam, producers have announced that Aldis Hodge will play Hawkman and Noah Centineo will be Atom Smasher. Both characters are members of DC’s Justice Society.
Black Adam’s History
Firstly, Black Adam takes place in the same DC Universe as Zachary Levi’s Shazam! He and Shazam are arch-rivals in the Universe; is it possible we’ll get a crossover in this film or future films?
Secondly, Black Adam as a character first appeared in The Marvel Family comic in 1945. Created by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck, he was Captain Marvel’s arch-nemesis (aka Shazam). He started out as a one-time villain in Fawcett Comics; however, DC revisited him once they acquired Fawcett and started publishing The Marvel Family under the name Shazam in the ’70s.
Black Adam was Captain Marvel’s “corrupted, ancient Egyptian predecessor who fought his way to modern times to challenge the hero and his Marvel Family associates”. DC has since reformed him, turning him into an anti-hero of sorts looking to clear his name and his reputation. Justice Society of America, Villains United, Infinite Crisis, and 52 have featured him, which has elevated his status as a fan favorite.
Black Adam’s Release Date?
As for the film, the details of the storyline have remained hidden so far. Originally the release date was for December 22, 2021; recently Warner Bros. has taken Black Adam off the calendar and there is not currently a release date.