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The world has not changed as much as you believe, Sivana. Pharaohs still live off slaves.
~ Black Adam

Black Adam is a supervillain in DC Comics and one of the three main enemies of Captain Marvel (alongside Doctor Sivana and Mister Mind). Though his origins vary between versions, in all that he is depicted as the former champion of the Wizard Shazam who was corrupted by his power, resulting in him becoming a villain and an adversary towards the Marvel Family. In recent years, however, he has frequently been depicted as a more neutral or anti-villainous character. He is the secondary antagonist of the Shazam franchise

Powers and Abilities

Like Captain Marvel, Black Adam gains powers from six mythological figures of a specific mythos:

  • The Stamina of Shu: Superhuman Endurance and Self Sustenance.
  • The Swiftness of Heru: Super Speed and Flight
  • The Strength of Amon: Vast Super Strength
  • The Wisdom of Zehuti: Superhuman Intelligence and Omnilingual
  • The Power of Aton: Transformation, Magical Resistance, and Power Enhancement
  • The Courage of Mehen: Superhuman Inner Strength, Telepathic Resistance, and Invulnerability


  • Accelerated Healing: Chosen ones if for some reason they are harmed by their unique physiology allows their physical wounds to heal and at an accelerated rate. They can regenerate any damage to their bodies given time. They can use their lightning to heal others and themselves from any damage or imperfections.
  • Clairvoyance: Chosen ones are clairvoyant to all situations. They can understand situations from many angles including futuristic and past consequences to actions. Also understood as superhuman awareness with such clarity that chosen ones can see into the future of their actions.
  • Divine Grace: Chosen ones have innate luck and divine guidance in a largely unseen way. Mostly a psychological ability. Their grace allows for seeming finesse in their actions and situations.
  • Eidetic Memory: Chosen ones have a photographic memory. They can remember each piece of information they learn. They can study situations and reevaluate them as required.
  • Energy Projection: Chosen ones can project their transforming lightning bolts as offensive weapons.
  • Energy Resistance: Chosen has immunity to all magical attacks and can take such attacks full on without sustained damage, such as; being hit with spells from magical opponents, even the magic of other chosen ones.
  • Enhanced Intellect: Chosen ones are given superhuman brain activity, & provided by counsel and guidance when needed. They are also granted knowledge of all languages, warfare, mathematics, and other scholarly knowledge.
  • Flight: Chosen ones can soar into the skies through an act of sheer will. They can hover completely still or effortlessly achieve sub-orbital levels and travel across the planet and space in blinding speed at high speeds through an act of sheer will.
  • Hypnosis - Chosen ones can control/command any objects and/or organisms. Able to manipulate opponents or allies.
  • Immortality: Chosen ones can live indefinitely, cannot age, wither, or degrade. It is virtually impossible to die.
  • Indomitable Will: Chosen ones have limitless amounts of vitality, virility, and willpower. Their willpower allows them to fight on despite overwhelming odds. Their willpower is in excess of their innate nature of good will.
  • Invulnerability: Chosen ones have incredible amounts of durability, invulnerable to most if not all forms of physical/mental/spiritual/ conceptual damage. It would require one as powerful as them to hurt them physically.
  • Magic: Chosen ones have limitless amounts of magic. Called the Power of the Gods, chosen ones choose to use their magic through lightning bolts. Used for transformations resistances, enhancements, healing, and other spells.
  • Multilingualism: Chosen ones are omnilingual and can read, write, speak and understand all languages. With this, they can communicate with even electronics, aliens, and other lifeforms. Black Adam can speak several languages including ancient Egyptian, Arabic, Kahndaqi and American English.
  • Self-Sustenance: Chosen ones can survive indefinite periods of time without sleep, food, water, or air. They can easily survive in any harsh conditions such as deserts, tundras, the void of space or gaseous zones of other planets. Possesses a perfect body, even without training muscles are brawny and body shape remains perfect no matter how much calories he intakes.
  • Superhuman Reflexes: Chosen ones have increased physical reactions and attribute to allow for their feats. They react more quickly in fights, perceive & process the world as if it is in slow motion, make quick mental decisions. reflexes are entirely involuntary, can be used for attack/counter/defense, feints and illusion are useless.
  • Superhuman Senses: Chosen ones have supernaturally acute sight, taste, hearing, touch, smell, and instinct.
  • Superhuman Speed: Chosen ones have incredible amounts of speed which allow them to move, react, and easily move at speeds far exceeding Mach 10. Utilize other uses of their speed aside from running and flying.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Chosen ones have limitless stamina and endurance. They are able to fight on forever and survive without sustenance. If they were ever harmed their limitless metabolism would heal all their damage.
  • Superhuman Strength: Chosen ones have incredible physical strength, enough to lift at least 100 tons. They can effortlessly bend steel, punch through walls, and lift massive objects. They've also been seen able to crack the crust of planets, physically hold off multiple heroes and tear humans apart.
  • Teleportation: Chosen ones can teleport to locations such as the Rock of Eternity with but a thought and an action.
  • Egyptology: Egyptian history and lore, Egyptian mythology, Egyptian magic.

Strength Level

  • Class 100+: Adam has the strength that is generally accepted to be sufficiently strong to lift 100 tons with ease. His Strength is in the megaton range matching the likes of Superman and Captain Marvel, among others.


  • Magical Vulnerability: Only significant magic can affect him, such as the mystical abilities of the Spectre.

In Egyptian Myth

  • Shu is the sky-god and father of Geb and Nut, the parents of Osiris, Seth, Horus, Isis, and Nephthys.
  • Heru is Horus, the sun-god, brother of Osiris and Seth.
  • Amon is the Ruler of the Egyptian Gods, son of Atum-Ra and brother of Trivia.
  • Zehuti is Thoth, the god of learning and magic and the husband of Ma'at.
  • Aton is the disk of the sun, and an aspect of Ra.
  • Mehen is the snake-god who coils around Ra.

Other Media

Video games

DC Universe Online

Black Adam in DC Universe Online.

On the Heroes Side, Black Adam has enlisted the assistance of Felix Faust to bring his wife, Isis, back from the dead at Gotham University. You must battle your way through the undead hordes surrounding the university and stop the ritual.

On the Villains side, he's is the PVP Arena mentor.

Injustice series

Main article: Black Adam (Injustice)

Black Adam is a playable character and major antagonist in Injustice: Gods Among Us and Injustice 2. He is classified as a Power User and uses magical powers derived from the Gods of Ancient Egypt.

In both Story modes, Black Adam is one of the major antagonists, where he is a member of Superman's Regime.

Television & Film

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Black Adam in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

In the show Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Black Adam appears in the episode "The Power of Shazam". In this version, Teth Adam was Shazam's first champion but after he uses his powers for evil, he was banished. Doctor Sivana is able to summon him to Earth where he fights Captain Marvel and Batman. Sivana brings him to Shazam to get revenge, however, he tricks Adam and steals his powers. However, Batman and Captain Marvel are able to defeat Sivana also. In this show, he is voiced by John DiMaggio.

Young Justice

Black Adam in Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam.

In Young Justice, Black Adam appears in the episode "Revelations". He appears as a member of the Injustice League he is mostly the muscle of the group. He is undefeatable until the League and the team stops the Injustice League and all the villains are captured.

Harley Quinn

Black Adam appears in the adult animation series Harley Quinn.

DC Extended Universe

Main article: Black Adam (DC Extended Universe)

Black Adam will serve as the titular main protagonist and anti-hero of the DC Extended Universe film, Black Adam and a minor/mentioned antagonist in the 2019 superhero film, Shazam!. In Shazam!, Black Adam's origins are mentioned by the Wizard Shazam when he summons Billy Batson to the Rock of Eternity (though he is not mentioned by name). According to him, Teth-Adam was chosen to be his champion to protect Earth, but instead, he released the Seven Deadly Sins on Kahndaq which killed millions, also using the Sins to eliminate the other members of the Council of Wizards, leaving Shazam as the only survivor. Eventually, the Sins would be imprisoned again, although Black Adam's fate is left uncertain.

He will be portrayed by Dwayne Johnson, who also portrayed The Scorpion King in the Mummy Returns, Sarge in Doom, and Agent 23 in Get Smart.


  • He was created by the late Otto Binder, and the late C.C. Beck.
  • Black Adam first appeared in Marvel Family #1, which was published by Fawcett Comics and was set in Earth-S. While his first appearance in DC comics took place in The Power of Shazam!.


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Black Adam | Blaze | Brainwave | Captain Nazi | Chain Lightning | Doctor Sivana | Ibac | King Kull | Mister Atom | Mister Banjo | Mister Mind | Mister Who | Monster Society of Evil | Mr. Atom | Oom the Mighty | Seven Deadly Enemies of Man | Sobek/Yurrd | Starro | The Dummy | The Spectre | Three Faces of Evil | Weeper | Zookeeper

Thaddeus Sivana | Seven Deadly Sins | Mr. Sivana | Sid Sivana | Brett and Burke Breyer | Robbers | Mister Mind

Video Games
Injustice: Superman | Shazam | Black Adam | Gorilla Grodd

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Alex Luthor | Amanda Waller | Amazo | Anti-Monitor | Atlas | Atomic Skull | Barbatos | Bernadeth | Bizarro | Black Adam | Black Banshee | Black Zero | Blanque | Blackrock | Bloodsport | Brainiac | Bruno Mannheim | Bug-Eyed Bandit | Captain Boomerang | Captain Cold | Cheetah | Chemo | Circe | Coldcast | Cyborg Superman | Dabney Donovan | Dark Knights | Darkseid | Deathstroke | Dev-Em | The Devastator | Doctor Manhattan | Doctor Polaris | Doomsday | Eclipso | Equus | Eradicator | Faora Hu-Ul | Funky Flashman | General Zod | Gorilla Grodd | Heat Wave | Hector Hammond | Hellgrammite | Imperiex | Intergang | Jax-Ur | Joker | Karkull | King Shark | Lex Luthor | Livewire | Lobo | Major Disaster | Manchester Black | Masters of Disaster | Maxwell Lord | Mercy Graves | Metallo | Mongul | Morgaine Le Fey | Morgan Edge | Mxyzptlk | Neron | Neutron | Nick O' Teen | Parasite | Phantom Zoners | Plasmus | Plastique | Prankster | Preus | Prometheon | Prometheus | Preserver | Queen of Fables | Rampage | Reverse-Flash | Royal Flush Gang | Secret Society of Super Villains | Shockwaver | Silver Banshee | Sinestro | Solomon Grundy | Subjekt-17 | Suicide Squad | Superboy-Prime | Superman Revenge Squad | Spellbinder | Talia al Ghul | Thaddeus Killgrave | Titano | Toyman | Ultra-Humanite | Ultraman | Weather Wizard | William Dunn

Theatrical Movies
Superman: Lex Luthor | Otis | Eve Teschmacher | General Zod | Non | Ursa
Superman II: General Zod | Non | Ursa | Lex Luthor | Otis | Eve Teschmacher | Rocky
Superman III: Ross Webster | Corrupted Superman | Vera Webster | Lorelei Ambrosia
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace: Lex Luthor | Nuclear Man
Superman Returns: Lex Luthor
Man of Steel: Sword of Rao (Dru-Zod, Faora-Ul, Nam-Ek, Jax-Ur, Tor-An, Car-Vex, Nadira, & Dev-Em II)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Lex Luthor | Doomsday | Anatoli Knyazev | Mercy Graves | Cesar Santos | Amajagh | Joe Chill | Zod | Steppenwolf

Direct-to-video Movies
Superman: Brainiac Attacks: Brainiac | Lex Luthor | Mercy Graves | Mister Mxyzptlk
Superman: Doomsday: Lex Luthor | Superman Clone | Doomsday | Toyman | Mercy Graves
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies: Lex Luthor | Major Force | Metallo | Amanda Waller | Toyman | Solomon Grundy | Gorilla Grodd | Killer Frost | Lady Shiva | Giganta | Mongul | Captain Cold
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse: Darkseid | Female Furies (Granny Goodness, Gilotina, Mad Harriet, Lashina & Stompa) | Doomsday
All-Star Superman: Lex Luthor | Solaris | Parasite | Bar-El & Lilo-El
Superman vs. The Elite: The Elite (Manchester Black, Coldcast, Menagerie & Hat) | Atomic Skull
Superman: Unbound: Brainiac
The Death Of Superman: Doomsday | Lex Luthor | Intergang (Bruno Mannheim) | Mercy Graves | Cyborg Superman
Reign Of The Supermen: Cyborg Superman | Darkseid | Parademons | Lex Luthor | Mercy Graves
Superman: Red Son: Superman | Brainiac | Lex Luthor | Batman | Superior Man
Superman: Man of Tomorrow: Parasite | Lobo | Lex Luthor

Superman: The Animated Series: Lex Luthor | Brainiac | Darkseid | Mercy Graves | Mister Mxyzptlk | Prometheon | Bizarro | Jax-Ur | Metallo | Kalibak | Desaad | Steppenwolf | Female Furies (Granny Goodness, Stompa, Mad Harriet, & Lashina) | Livewire | Parademons | Intergang (Bruno Mannheim & Spider Spinelli) | Kanto | Lobo | Joker | Harley Quinn | Volcana | Toyman | Parasite | Earl Garver | Maxima | Weather Wizard | Sinestro | Karkull | Titano | Penguin | Riddler | Bane | Mad Hatter | Preserver | Roxy Rocket | Society of Shadows (Ra's al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, & Ubu) | Unity | Reverend Amos Howell | Luminus | Superman (Brave New Metropolis) | Lex Luthor (Brave New Metropolis) | Corey Mills | Dr. Vale | De'Cine | Kurt Bowman | General Hardcastle | Joey | Kurt
Superman & Lois: Tal-Rho | Leslie Larr | John Henry Irons | Zeta-Rho | Reno Rosetti | David Fuglestad | Intergang (Thaddeus Killgrave) | Atom-Man | Zod

Video Games
Superman Arcade: Emperor Zaas
Injustice: Superman | Brainiac | Doomsday | Aquaman | Black Adam | Sinestro | Lex Luthor | Joker | Darkseid

           Justice League.png Villains

Abra Kadabra | Amanda Waller | Amos Fortune | Amazo | Anarky | Angle Man | Anti-Justice League | Anti-Monitor| Appellaxians | Aquarius | Asmodel | Atomic Skull | Axis America | Barbatos | The Batman Who Laughs | Black Adam | Black Hand | Black Lantern Corps | Black Manta | Black Spider | Blockbuster | Brainiac | Bronze Tiger | Brother Eye | Brotherhood of Evil | Cadre | Calculator | Calendar Man | Captain Boomerang | Captain Cold | Castle Bat | Catalyst | Catman | Cheetah | Chemo | Cheshire | Circe | Clayface | Clock King | Cluemaster | Copperhead | Construct | Cosmic King | Crazy Quilt | Crime Syndicate of America | Crucifer | Cybogirl | Darkseid | Dark Supergirl | Deadline | Deadshot | Deathstroke | Demolition Team | Demons Three | Despero | Doctor Alchemy | Doctor Destiny | Doctor Double X | Doctor Impossible | Doctor Light | Doctor Manhattan | Doctor Phosphorus | Doctor Polaris | Doctor Poison | Doctor Psycho | Doctor Regulus | Doctor Sivana | Dominators | Doomsday | Dragon King | Dumas | Earthworm | Eclipso | Electrocutioner | Elite | Epoch the Lord of Time | Evil Star | Fatal Five | Felix Faust | Fiddler | Floronic Man | Funky Flashman | Gamemnae | General Eiling | Genocide | Gentleman Ghost | Golden Gilder | Goldface | Gorilla Grodd | Gunhawk | Hector Hammond | Hellgrammite | Human Flame | Hyena | Ibac | Icicle | Imperiex | Injustice League | Intergang | I.Q. | Johnny Sorrow | Joker | Key | Killer Frost | Killer Moth | Kite Man | Kobra | Kobra Cult | Krona | League Buster | League of Assassins | Legion of Doom | Lex Luthor | Libra | Lobo | Mad Hatter | Mageddon | Magpie | Manchester Black | Manhunters | Matter Master | Maxwell Lord | Mekanique | Merlyn | Mirror Master | Mister Atom | Mister Mind | Mister Nebula | Mongul | Mordru | Morgaine Le Fey | Neron | Neutron | Nightshade | Obsidan | Ocean Master | Parademons | Parasite | Penguin | Perpetua | Pied Piper | Plastique | Poison Ivy | Professor Ivo | Professor Zoom | Prometheus | Psycho-Pirate | Queen Bee | Queen of Fables | Ra's al Ghul | Rainbow Raider | Rama Khan | Red Death | Red King | Red Panzer | Red Volcano | Riddler | Roulette | Royal Flush Gang | Satanus | Scarecrow | Science Squad | Secret Society of Super Villains | Shadow-Thief | Shaggy Man | Shark | Simon Stagg | Sinestro | Solomon Grundy | Star Sapphire | Starbreaker | Starro | Steppenwolf | Suicide Squad | Superboy-Prime | Tattooed Man | Terra-Man | T.O. Morrow | Two-Face | Ultra-Humanite | Vandal Savage | Volcana | Warp | Weather Wizard | White Martians | Wizard

Theatrical Movies
Justice League: Steppenwolf | Parademons (Parademon Scout) | Darkseid | Black Clad (Black Clad Alpha) | Lex Luthor | Deathstroke | Ares
Zack Snyder's Justice League: Darkseid's Elite (Darkseid, Steppenwolf, DeSaad, Granny Goodness, & Parademons) | Lex Luthor | Deathstroke | Black Clad (Black Clad Alpha) | Ares | Joker

Direct-to-video Movies
Justice League: The New Frontier: The Centre | Captain Cold
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths: Crime Syndicate of America (Owlman, Ultraman, Superwoman, Johnny Quick, Power Ring, J'edd J'arkus, & Black Power) | Lex Luthor | White Martians | President Slade Wilson | Rose Wilson
Justice League: Doom: Legion of Doom (Vandal Savage, Bane, Cheetah, Ma'alefa'ak, Metallo, Mirror Master, & Star Sapphire) | Royal Flush Gang (King, Queen, Jack, Ace, & Ten)
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox: Professor Zoom | Wonder Woman | Aquaman | Ocean Master | Black Manta | Deathstroke | Lex Luthor | Clayface | Rogues (Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, Top, Heat Wave, & Mirror Master) | Joker | Yo-Yo
Justice League: War: Darkseid | Desaad | Parademons | Ocean Master
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis: Ocean Master | Black Manta | The Trench | Lex Luthor
Justice League vs. Teen Titans: Trigon | Legion of Doom (Lex Luthor, Cheetah, Solomon Grundy, Toymaster, & Weather Wizard) | Atomic Skull | Ra's al Ghul
Justice League vs. the Fatal Five: Fatal Five (Emerald Empress, Mano, Persuader, Tharok, & Validus) | Bloodsport | Two-Face | Harley Quinn | Poison Ivy

Video Games
Injustice: One Earth Regime (Superman, Wonder Woman, Yellow Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Shazam, Nightwing, Raven, Hawkgirl, Sinestro, Black Adam, Killer Frost, Solomon Grundy, Catwoman, Bane, Doomsday) | The Society (Gorilla Grodd, Captain Cold, Reverse Flash, Cheetah, Deadshot, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow) | Brainiac | Joker | Lex Luthor | Deathstroke | Ares | Dr. Fate | The Lords of Order | Darkseid

           Justice SocietyVillains

Adolf Hitler | Amos Fortune | Atomic Skull | Avatar of Tech | Black Adam | Blackbriar Thorn | Brainwave | Brutale | Captain Nazi | Crime Champions | Darkseid | Demons Three | Doctor Destiny | Doctor Polaris | Dragon King | Eclipso | Empty Hand | Evil Star | Extant | Felix Faust | Fiddler | Fisherman | Gambler | Gentleman Ghost | Gog | Ian Karkull | Icicle | Injustice Society | Johnny Sorrow | Key | Kid Karnevil | King Kull | Kobra | Kulak | Major Force | Mekanique | Mirror Master | Monocle | Mordru | Nekron | Onimar Synn | Per Degaton | Plasmus | Psycho-Pirate | Roulette | Science Squad | Secret Society of Super Villains | Solomon Grundy | Spectre | Spirit King | Sportsmaster | Thinker | Ultra-Humanite | Vandal Savage | Weather Wizard | Weeper Wizard | Wotan

Justice Society: World War II
Charles Halstead | Brainiac

Injustice Society (Icicle, Brainwave, Sportsmaster, Tigress, Solomon Grundy, Gambler, Dragon King, Fiddler, & Wizard) | Shade | Cindy Burman

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Abra Kadabra | Atrocitus | Amanda Waller | Amazo | Anarky | Atomic Skull | Bad Samaritan | Bane | Black Adam | Black Beetle | Black Manta | Black Mask | Blockbuster | The Batman Who Laughs | Brain | Brick | Captain Cold | Cheshire | Clayface | Cyborg Superman | Dark Knights | Darkseid | Deadshot | Deathstroke | Frederick DeLamb | Future Blue Beetle | Harm | Helga Jace | Jason Todd | Joker | Killer Frost | Klarion the Witch Boy | League of Assassins | Lex Luthor | Lobo | Magpie | Mammoth | Mister Twister | Mongul | Mr. Freeze | Owlman | Psimon | Queen Bee | Ra's al Ghul | Robin King | Suicide Squad | Superboy-Prime | Talia al Ghul | The Mighty Endowed | Two-Face | Vandal Savage | Zod

            DC-logo.png Extended Universe Villains

Man of Steel
Sword of Rao: Zod | Faora-Ul | Nam-Ek | Jax-Ur | Tor-An | Car-Vex | Nadira | Dev-Em II

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Lex Luthor | Doomsday | Anatoli Knyazev | Mercy Graves | Cesar Santos | Amajagh
Others: Joe Chill | Zod | Joker | Steppenwolf

Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad: Deadshot | Harley Quinn | Captain Boomerang | El Diablo | Killer Croc | Slipknot | Amanda Waller
Eyes of the Adversary: Enchantress | Incubus
Joker's Gang: Joker | Jonny Frost | Panda Man | Monster T
Others: Hunter Griggs

Wonder Woman
Ares | Erich Ludendorff | Dr. Poison

Justice League
Theatrical Cut
Steppenwolf | Parademons (Parademon Scout)
Black Clad: Black Clad Alpha
Others: Lex Luthor | Deathstroke | Ares
Director's Cut
Darkseid's Elite: Darkseid | Steppenwolf | DeSaad | Granny Goodness | Parademons
Black Clad: Black Clad Alpha
Others: Lex Luthor | Deathstroke | Ares | Joker

Ocean Master | Black Manta | Murk | Jesse Kane | The Trench | Orvax Marius

Thaddeus Sivana | Seven Deadly Sins | Mr. Sivana | Sid Sivana | Brett and Burke Breyer | Robbers | Mister Mind

Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
Harley Quinn | Huntress
Black Mask | Victor Zsasz | Carlo Rossi | Happy
Others: Stefano Galante | Joker

Wonder Woman 1984
Maxwell Lord | Cheetah

See Also
Aquaman Villains | Batman Villains | Birds of Prey Villains | Justice League Villains | SHAZAM Villains | Superman Villains | Wonder Woman Villains