Black Adam revealed its secret villain to San Diego Comic-Con fans only

At each San Diego Comic-Con, fans line up in droves to get a seat in Hall H, as a result of they know they’ll get to lay eyes on stuff that no person else on the earth will see — no less than not till the film or present truly comes out. Today’s Warner Bros. panel was no completely different: The studio gave a personal, fast have a look at the mysterious, demonic villain of Black Adam.

The new Black Adam trailer that performed in Hall H included a stinger that was left absent from its broad launch, a fast shot of a hellishly pink, horned head rising from some form of floor or liquid. Pair that with earlier leaks of Black Adam merchandize, and we now have a good suggestion of precisely who that head belongs to, on set and off.

[Ed. note: But we’ll put it behind a spoiler jump, just in case you want to wait until Black Adam is released, or there’s a trailer that officially reveals the villain.]

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Black Adam

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

Given Dwayne Johnson’s grumpy demeanor and the way in which he retains punching different superheroes within the trailer, you might be forgiven for assuming that he’s enjoying Black Adam because the villain. But that function appears seemingly to have truly gone to Marwan Kenzari (from the 2019 live-action Aladdin and Netflix’s The Old Guard), who will play Sabbac.

Who is Sabbac?

“The souls of your innocents will belong to me! [...] So swears Sabbac! King of devils!” bellows Sabbac in 52 #25 (2006).

Image: DC Comics

Like Black Adam and Billy Batson earlier than him, Sabbac is a mortal being empowered by a variety of celestial beings. In the identical manner SHAZAM represents Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury for Billy; and varied Egyptian deities for Black Adam; Sabbac is empowered by, amongst others, Satan, Belial, Beelzebub, and Asmodeus.

There isn’t a lot else to say about his sporadic appearances in DC Comics — a couple of completely different mortal beings have claimed the powers of Sabbac and battled Shazam, in addition to the Outsiders. But right here’s an attention-grabbing reality: In his basic appearances, his biggest weaknesses have been the cowardly natures of the demons who empowered him. Once Billy Batson and his household intimidated these demons sufficient, they’d one after the other desert their mortal host, leaving him powerless.

Perhaps that will likely be Sabbac’s final undoing in Black Adam, and maybe not. Until the film comes out and we all know for certain, yow will discover all of Polygon’s protection of SDCC 2022 information, trailers, and extra right here.

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