The Justice Society : New DC superheroes taking on Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Black Adam’
Dwayne Johnson will make his DCEU debut in Black Adam with The Justice Society includes Doctor Fate, Atom Smasher, Hawkman, and Cyclone.
When Dwayne Johnson confirmed in 2014 that he’d be playing Black Adam in the DC Extended Universe, the Ice Bucket Challenge was still a thing and Pharrell was telling everyone how happy he was. After eight years of protein shakes and life-affirming social media posts reminding us how we could all be working harder, he’ll make his DCEU debut when Black Adam arrives on October 21.
Johnson, a former WWE star, is set to play an ancient Egyptian warrior on an epic, centuries-long quest for revenge, burdened with mythical strengths and near-invincibility as he struggles to overcome the odds. Johnson will do pretty much all of that, too, in Black Adam, but he also will contend with the DCEU’s version of the Justice Society of America.—Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo) and Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell) are included.—Who could prove to be friends or foes to DC’s newest antihero.
What exactly is Justice Society of America?
It first appeared in All Star Comics, a precursor to DC Comics. The Justice Society of America is considered to be the first superhero team in comic book history. Gardner Fox and Sheldon Mayer started the Justice League in the early 1940s. The Justice Society of America has changed through time but had its origins with Alan Scott’s Green Lantern, Hawkman, Ultra-Man, Atom, Doctor Fate and Sunderland. Now that two founding The Justice Society of America members, Hawkman and Doctor Fate, are set to make their big-screen debut, it seems like a good time to look at the characters’ backstories.
Hawkman’s history in comic books is a convoluted mess of reboots and retcons.
He was first introduced in 1940 in Flash Comics 1. He is the superhero alter-ego of Carter Hall, an archaeologist who is actually the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian priest named Khufu.
He created wings and armor, made of metal, for himself. Besides being a charter member of The Justice Society of America, Hawkman/Carter has been a staple of DC Comics since he was introduced.
It was his origin story. In the ’70s, a version of Hawkman was introduced called Katar Hol. Hol, a cop from the alien background, relocates to Earth under the disguise of Carter Hall, It was a different Earth to him, but now he is a museum curator. Some variation of Hawkman is sometimes merged together into one amalgamation. It’s unclear what Black Adam’s Hawkman will have, but it seems like anything can happen in Hawkman’s case.
Doctor Fate won’t let you forget that he has a degree and the MCU doesn’t have one superhero that ever allows you to forget about. First appearing in More Fun Comics #55 in 1940, the first Doctor Fate was Kent Nelson, an archaeologist-in-training is travelling through Mesopotamia. There, Nelson came upon the tomb of Nabu who brought him magical powers.
Fate is a character who has been re-tconned to death. The Kent Nelson origin story was only told in the comics after Doctor Fate had already been an established hero who was sorely lacking a secret identity. Fate declares that he is an extraterrestrial in his first meeting with The Justice Society of America.
Moving forward a few decades, Atom Smasher was the first hero on the list and was introduced when seatbelts were invented. Premiered in 1996, However, it is tragically absent from promotional material despite Nuklon’s epic mohawk. Albert “Al” Rothstein is a metahuman who can change his speed and speed, the density of his molecules, and strength levels. It turns out he is the godson of Al Pratt, the original Atom, who was another founding member of The Justice Society of America.
Atom Smasher and Black Adam are two comic book characters that started with a strained relationship in comics, The former was suspicious of having reformed while the latter claimed that. Soon after they bonded over their love of showing their enemies zero mercy, they would quit the The Justice Society of America.
Cyclone is the most recent addition to the list. She made her debut in 2007 unless you consider the follow-up retcon that may have technically introduced her as an unnamed character in a 1996 book, that is another can of worms. However her real name is Maxine Hunkel, Cyclone was the granddaughter of another The Justice Society of America classic member, Abigail “Ma” Hunkel, the original Red Tornado, because there is nepotism amongst this team. When Maxine was a teenager, she was kidnapped by a scientist named T.O. Morrow and injected with nano-bytes. Thats how she has the ability to control the wind.
Given her relative newness to the DC scene, there’s not a lot of legend to draw from with regards to Twister, which will allow Dark Adam the opportunity to start the trend for how Typhoon will be depicted in surprisingly realistic. None of the trailers give a conclusively clear illustration of Cyclone’s power set in the DCEU, so she’s a potential special case in Black Adam.
It is not yet clear how well one more reevaluation of these characters might go. Some have previously showed up in true to life in different CW projects, however this will be whenever they’re first adjusted for the big screen. Given the stashes of ordinance to use as an aide and DC’s set of experiences of holding no history consecrated, Dark Adam’s imaginative group will have had a lot to work with while making the content.
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