Black Adam is a fictional DC Comics supervillain and occasional antihero; the archenemy of the superhero, Captain Marvel.
Black Adam was created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck in 1945 as a one-shot villain for the first issue of Fawcett Comics' The Marvel Family comic book; however, Black Adam was revived as a recurring character after DC Comics first licensed and then acquired the Fawcett characters and began publishing Captain Marvel/Marvel Family stories under the title Shazam! in the 1970s.
As originally depicted, Black Adam was a corrupted, ancient Egyptian predecessor of Captain Marvel, who fought his way to modern times to challenge the hero and his Marvel Family associates.
Since the turn of the 21st century, however, Black Adam has been re-defined by DC Comics writers Jerry Ordway, Geoff Johns, and David S. Goyer as a corrupted antihero attempting to clear his name and reputation.
Featured roles in such comic book series as Justice Society of America (JSA), Villains United, Infinite Crisis, and 52 have elevated the character to an unprecedented level of prominence in the overall universe of DC Comics characters.
In 2009, Black Adam was ranked as IGN's 16th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.
Dwayne Johnson has been cast as Black Adam in the planned feature films Shazam! and Black Adam from New Line Cinema and Warner Bros., which will be set in the DC Extended Universe film franchise.
New Line Cinema began developing a Shazam! live-action feature film in the early 2000s, with Peter Segal (The Longest Yard, 50 First Dates) attached as director and Michael Uslan as producer.
Actor and former wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson agreed to appear in the film as Black Adam.
The film was shelved and left unproduced in 2009, but Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema resurrected the project after the success of DC's own Man of Steel.
Johnson is still cast as Black Adam, whose depiction will be as the modern anti-hero version of the character.