black adam is DC Comics’ next live-action movie, and it’s just around the corner. The film will star Dwayne Johnson, finally bringing to life the anti-hero he always wanted to become on the big screen. But who will he face? Well, aside from the Justice Society of America, Teth-Adam will have to contend with the demonic Sabbac.
In the comics, Sabbac is very similar to Shazam and Black Adam in terms of how his powers work. By speaking his name, the huge red demon receives the powers of half a dozen deities, including Satan himself.
There have been two people to wield this power, the first being Freddy Freeman’s adoptive brother, Timothy Karnes, and the second being a crime boss in New York.
But what will the villain’s backstory be in the film, and how many similarities will it have?
Black Adam’s villain has a backstory
Thanks to the description on the back of a McFarlane Toys figure from black adam‘s Sabbac, fans now know a little more about the villain’s backstory in the upcoming blockbuster film.
The blurb revealed that the Sabbac seen on screen is “an Intergang military leader… [is]possessed by a demon.. The information also clarified that this villain is “the only being whose powers are equal to those of Black Adam:”
“Possessed by a demon, an Intergang military leader transforms into Sabbac, the only being whose powers equal those of Black Adam. Determined to take over Kahndaq and possibly the entire world, Sabbac must be stopped, and the fiercely self-reliant Black Adam may need the help of unlikely allies to outmaneuver him.
A gang leader possessed by Sabbac
Given the situation hinted at in this new information, it’s safe to assume that the film’s third act will take a more formulaic approach. Black Adam will likely have to team up with the Justice Society of America in order to stop their common enemy, Sabbac.
So while the JSA will likely be the primary threat to The Rock’s anti-hero right now, their feuds will almost certainly die down when they realize the danger the powerful demon poses. If the project lives up to this structure, it looks like it could fall into the same pitfalls as many, and Sabbac will end up underdeveloped by the end of the film.
For those comic book purists, it seems like the movie pays homage to the villain’s origin pretty well. However, it’s hard to have hoped that the story could have used Sabbac’s ties to Shazam in order to give the Shazam! film connective tissue.
black adam hits theaters on October 21 later this year.