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- "I was a slave until I died. Then I was reborn a god. My son sacrificed his life to save me. Now, I kneel before no one."
- ―Black Adam[src]
Teth-Adam, better known by legend as Black Adam, is the former champion of the wizard Shazam and his brothers. Due to his great heroic acts, courageous heart and divine powers granted to him by the seven wizards, he became the ruler of Kahndaq and formed a family.
After his family was murdered by criminals, Adam unintentionally released the Seven Deadly Sins from their prison, killing countless millions. Due to this terrible act, he was imprisoned by Shazam in the confines of the Earth for five thousand years, until his release and attempts to liberate Kahndaq once again.
Becoming a Champion
Once a slave, Teth-Adam became the first champion of the wizard Shazam, chosen for his heroic acts and courageous heart. He was bestowed with the powers of the Egyptian Gods. With his new gifts, he would go on to become the ruler of his homeland - Kahndaq.
- "Seven thrones of seven wizards. But long ago, we chose a champion and we chose recklessly. He used his power for revenge, releasing the Seven Deadly Sins into your world. Millions of lives were lost. Entire civilizations erased from existence. That is why I vowed never to pass on my magic until I find one truly good person. Strong in spirit, pure in heart."
- ―Shazam to Billy Batson[src]
But while he was off fighting someone else's war, his family was murdered by criminals. This turn of events led Teth-Adam to protect Kahndaq by any means necessary, resorting to brutality and ruthlessness, so he unintentionally unleashed the Seven Deadly Sins upon the criminals who killed his family and the people of Kahndaq, thereby killing millions and causing the destruction of several other ancient civilizations.
In response to such harsh acts, the Wizard plagued him with the name "Black Adam", before leaving him entombed ever since. For centuries the Wizard Shazam attempted to find someone pure enough of heart to carry the mantle. In 1974, the Wizard thought he had come close with a young boy named Thaddeus Sivana. But he was tempted by the corruption offered by the Seven Sins, and like Teth-Adam, started to give in. Thus the Wizard was forced to return the boy and continue the search. It was only until the modern era that the Wizard Shazam would choose a new champion - Billy Batson. When bringing Batson to the Rock of Eternity, the Wizard briefly recounted the history of Teth-Adam's tragic tale, showing Batson a hologram of Teth-Adam's costly rampage across the Earth.
- "Well, I'm going to teach them that the only beliefs I fight for are mine. Welcome to truth, justice, and the Black Adam way."
- ―Black Adam[src]
Initially, Teth-Adam was heroic and courageous, which led to him being chosen as the first champion of the wizard Shazam and his brothers. However, after his family was murdered by criminals, he became brutal and ruthless, leading to him misusing his powers and accidentally releasing the Seven Deadly Sins upon the murderers of his family and the people of Kahndaq, killing millions. Black Adam also has a dark sense in serving justice, no matter how brutal.
Powers and abilities
- Divine empowerment: Teth-Adam was chosen by Shazam as champion and was given the almighty powers of the Egyptian Gods. When he misused the powers given to him, he accidentally released the Seven Deadly Sins upon the world.
- Superhuman strength: Adam is capable of lifting weight more than his own weight over his head, as well as send a single human being flying several miles or more with one punch. He can even damage the wing of an F-35 with one punch.
- Invulnerability: Adam is impervious to gunfire, as well as being hit with melee weapons. He's even been smashed through a street and a car with no injury to himself or his uniform.
- Superhuman speed: Adam is able to run and fly at speeds rivaling a jet and catch up with objects in no time at all.
- Superhuman reflexes: Adam is capable of catching objects like bullets and rockets mid-air before they even hit him
- Flight: Teth-Adam is cable of levitation and flight, potentially at supersonic speeds.
- Longevity: While empowered, Adam's aging has stopped and even after 5000 years, he remains in his physical prime.
- Electrokinesis: Teth-Adam has the ability to generate bolts of electricity. His electrokinetic powers allow him to turn a physically fit human into ash within seconds.
- Black Adam's suit: When empowered as Black Adam, Teth-Adam wears a black bodysuit, with a lightning bolt on his chest. It also comes with a black cloak and a gold trim.
- In the comics, Teth-Adam had the stamina of Shu (god of air and supporter of the sky), the speed of Heru, the strength of Amon, (the king of the gods), the wisdom of Zehuti (Thoth, god of wisdom), the power of Aton, and the courage of Mehen.
- In the original comics, Teth-Adam was a prince of Egypt, and the son of Rameses II.
- The name Teth-Adam is a Hebrew nickname interpreted as subhuman, which is used to describe someone who is inhumane. In the comics, this name was given to him to further indicate his evil, corrupted nature.
Behind the scenes
- In 2005, New Line Cinema had been pushing the idea of a Billy Batson and the Legend of Shazam! live-action feature film, with Peter Segal as director and Michael Uslan as a producer. Actor and former wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson had agreed to appear in the film as Black Adam, but the project was ultimately abandoned. Nine years later, Johnson signed on to play Black Adam in the 2019 film Shazam!. However, in January 2017, it was announced that Black Adam would appear in his solo film instead, which would focus on his adventures.
- Myles Humphus and Philip Niu were stunt doubles for Dwayne Johnson in the role of Black Adam.