Monday, January 23, 2017
My Version of. . .BLACK ADAM!
Well, with all of the recent news about DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON starring in a solo BLACK ADAM film, I guess this makes it the perfect time for me to show off this particular image.
I've always loved the original Captain Marvel and The Marvel Family, and Black Adam is an awesome villain. Truth be told, I'm not a fan of the portrayal of him as "anti-hero," I think he should be a pure and unrelenting bad guy. He is the opposite number of Captain Marvel, who is a pure good guy who only uses his powers for good.
Over the years I've spent a lot (and I mean a LOT) of time imagining how I would write the Marvel Family if I ever got the chance. And one of my main ideas is returning Black Adam to his original villain status. Storywise I wouldn't actually be changing much, as I'd just be sticking with is original concept as introduced in back in The Marvel Family #1 in 1945.
Back in ancient Egypt, the wizard Shazam gives super powers to an Egyptian man named Teth-Adam, transforming him into the superhero Mighty Adam, charging him with protecting Egypt in his absence. Mighty Adam starts off doing good deeds, including building the first pyramids, but eventually gets greedy and decides to take over the land for himself. He kills the current Pharaoh and takes his place. When Shazam returns, he is appalled, and thus calls him Black Adam, to reflect Adams's "Black" (evil) heart. But, unable to take back Black Adam's powers, Shazam uses his magic to banish Black Adam to the other side of the universe. But Black Adam vows to return and immediately starts flying back to Earth.
For the record, I think that synopsis right there is a pretty good story for the Black Adam movie. The rise, corruption, and fall of Black Adam. You end with him in deep space, starting to fly back to Earth, vowing to get revenge "no matter how long it takes!"
This is then followed by the Shazam/Captain Marvel movie, taking place in the modern era, where the wizard, aware that Black Adam will be returning soon, appoints Billy Batson to be his new champion (which is basically the plot of the 2010 animated film Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam, except the live-action film wouldn't have Superman in it).
Anyway, that's how I'd write Black Adam. The major change I would make would be visual. To start off with, I'd actually make him a Black man (which was a new idea when I had it, long before The Rock was signed to play him). It was also my idea to make him bald and give him the long pointed beard of an Egyptian Pharaoh. I kept the black pants and golden boots of his costume, but removed his shirt and decided that the lightning bolt symbol should be tattooed directly on his chest. I sent that description to CELINA HERNANDEZ and, as usual, she did a fantastic job, as you can see above.