Black Adam has arrived in the DCEU (WARNING MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD) and along with his menacing presence, ushers in a new line of superheroes like Dr. Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo) and Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell) of the Justice Society. But not even the JSA is capable of single-handedly facing Sabbac, a villain powered by underworld entities just as powerful as the wizards who granted abilities to SHAZAM.
With the early release of Black Adam in India, The Rock’s graceful entry as an anti-hero in the DC Extended Universe has been welcomed with open arms. Despite some mixed responses and the negative RT score, the majority of fans’ expectations remain high. However, as much as the movie delivers on its promise — some twists are sure to leave viewers shocked, especially the final act so turn away now if you haven’t watched Black Adam yet.
As the trailers have already confirmed, Black Adam is not the main villain of the standalone film, that pleasure goes to Sabbac. Long story short, The big bad manages to acquire an ancient crown made up of a rare material called Eternium, its history dates back to 2600 BCE, when the villain’s ancestor, a tyrannical king enslaved the people of Kahndaq to mine the earth for this magical element, in hopes of acquiring god-like powers.
After being powered by Satan, Aym, Belial, Beelzebub, Asmodeus, and Crateis, hence the name SABBAC — he becomes an unstoppable force and gives a beatdown to Hawkman & the rest of JSA. But Dr. Fate was already aware of the end result due to his foresight ability. Death was inevitable and while he says it would be Hawkman, he finds a “third option”.
Black Adam kills Sabbac but JSA suffers a casualty before his arrival
Dr. Fate solely takes on Sabbac in the climax, and although he manages to overwhelm the demon with the spirit of Nabu — he knows his magic is not sufficient to defeat him. Dr. Fate telepathically speaks to Teth-Adam who remains in suspended animation at Amanda Waller’s (Viola Davis) underwater prison, convincing him to utter the word SHAZAM and fight for the world.
Unfortunately, Dr. Fate dies in the process by Sabbac and slowly disintegrates. Kent Nelson was aware it would cost his life to save humanity but he remains content with his decision and dies happily.
Any DC Comics fans would know Nelson’s death does not mean the last of Dr. Fate. The Nabu helmet also disintegrates and will be found by the next champion. Could it be Eric Strauss or Khalid Nassour? The options are many. Nevertheless, Brosnan’s performance deserves praise but is sadly short-lived in the live-action.
Besides Dr. Fate, the individual possessed by the powers of SABBAC is also killed or in more accurate terms, is ripped into two pieces by Black Adam. Though it seems it won’t be the last of the demonic entity’s appearance in DCEU.
Black Adam is out in theaters in India but will release in the US and other regions starting from October 21.
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