Black Adam: Post-Credits Scene, Misleading DC Cameo Explained as Movie Lands on HBO Max

Black Adam got here to HBO Max on Friday, after a potential field workplace disappointment for DC Comics’ violent antihero film. With Dwayne Johnson within the lead position, Adam beats up hero and villain alike after being launched from a 5,000-year imprisonment, from the earliest scenes till the credit roll (the post-credits scene is relatively chill).

“The arrival of megastar Dwayne Johnson within the DC universe, plus the lengthy anticipate the movie’s arrival, constructed Black Adam into feeling like an occasion,” CNET’s Richard Trenholm stated in his evaluation. “Now it is right here, and it would not really feel that momentous. Nonetheless, it is a massive spectacular time on the films, and what extra would you like from the Rock?”

A lot of this Shazam spinoff’s battle is attributable to the friction between Adam and the Justice Society of America, which incorporates Physician Destiny (Pierce Brosnan), Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo) and Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell).

Nevertheless, there’s yet one more hero ready within the wings. Somebody who seems solely when Black Adam’s first journey is completed, however it’s a cameo that hits in another way following a latest transfer by new DC Studios boss James Gunn.

Let’s Shazam our means into the land of SPOILERS and discuss in regards to the post-credits scene.


The Man of Metal returns

With demonic champion Sabbac ripped in two and Black Adam firmly put in as Kahndaq’s champion, Activity Pressure X boss Amanda Waller (performed by Viola Davis, and final seen in HBO Max collection Peacemaker) sends a drone to the temple Adam hangs out in so she will be able to have a pleasant Zoom with the antihero. 

Sadly, Waller is incapable of being pleasant and is livid about Adam escaping captivity in her base. She warns him to remain in Kahndaq or she’ll ship extraordinarily highly effective individuals who owe her favors to cease him. 

Adam principally tells her to deliver it on, so a flying being lands dramatically and a well-recognized caped silhouette emerges from the smoke.

Superman steps out of the smoke with a stern look on his face in Black Adam

He is again.

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Oh jeepers, guys, it is solely Superman (Henry Cavill).

“It has been some time since anybody’s made the world so nervous,” the Kryptonian hero says. “Black Adam, we should always discuss.”

What does it imply?

It positive seemed like we have been gonna get extra of Cavill’s model of Superman, and he was nearly definitely going to battle Black Adam. Nevertheless, Cavill later introduced that the battle’s been referred to as off — he will not be returning to the position in any case

For the reason that film’s launch, guardian firm Warner Bros. Discovery stated director James Gunn (accountable for The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker, in addition to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy collection) and producer Peter Safran, will lead the reorganized DC Studios. On Dec. 14, Cavill stated he met with the pair, who informed him their interpretation of DC’s cinematic universe wanted a contemporary interpretation of the character — Gunn later confirmed this in a tweet.

“Amongst these on the slate is Superman,” he wrote. “Within the preliminary phases, our story will likely be specializing in an earlier a part of Superman’s life, so the character won’t be performed by Henry Cavill.”

The exhausting reboot is smart, however Johnson is undoubtedly dissatisfied. He shared a few of his concepts about how the battle would play out with YouTuber Jake’s Takes in an interview previous to the film’s launch. 

“I believe Black Adam lands the primary punch. Now, I do not know if Black Adam lands the final punch,” he stated. “I can see issues so clearly … what that scene appears to be like like, what that movie appears to be like like, what the following three movies appear to be. Now, whether or not or not that involves fruition — that at all times helps, when you’ve got that type of readability.”

Cavill Supes debuted in 2013’s Man of Metal and was final seen in Zack Snyder’s Justice League (aka the Snyder Lower) in 2021, and that film’s ending left us in an superior darkish future the place he’d been corrupted

The director stated that is not canon, however each the Snyder Lower and Joss Whedon’s 2017 model of the film see the uncorrupted, present-day Superman becoming a member of Batman and Surprise Lady making ready to arrange the Justice League. 


Superman is among the many strongest beings on this universe.

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The workforce additionally confirmed up within the finale of HBO present Peacemaker earlier this yr, however Superman remained within the shadows in that look (he was performed by Brad Abramenko). The character confirmed up in related style in 2019’s Shazam, the place he was solely seen from the neck down (and portrayed by Ryan Handley).

So Superman has by no means been too removed from our screens. The character is iconic and archetypal sufficient that a number of variations may exist (and doubtless come collectively in a multiversal crossover like Spider-Man: No Approach Dwelling). Cavill will nearly definitely return to the position sometime, however we could by no means see the battle with Black Adam is it was initially deliberate.

Black Adam grapples with Superman as lightning strikes on Action Comics 831's cover.

It is at all times enjoyable with Black Adam and Superman have a little bit of tussle.

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What can the comics inform us?

Black Adam’s lengthy comedian guide historical past is complicated because of DC’s a number of continuity reboots, having began out as a villain again in 1945. He is grow to be extra nuanced within the a long time since, shifting towards a darkish antihero who usually enters into uneasy alliances with the heroes (principally as a result of he is a violent, unpredictable and type of a jerk).

That would have occurred within the subsequent film as properly — Adam and Superman would seemingly have had an epic battle earlier than reaching some type of a truce. Regardless of his bodily prowess, Superman is historically weak to magic, that means Adam would have had the benefit.

Shazam could have gotten concerned too, since he and Superman are buds and Shazam’s powers are derived from the identical supply as Adam’s. Regardless, that character will present up in Shazam: Fury of the Gods, which is scheduled to hit theaters on March 17, 2023.

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