Ever since Superman took flight in Steel man, the DC Extended Universe has seen an upside-down fluctuation in power levels. On the one hand, Superman might still be considered the most powerful being in the universe, but in a world with Darkseid, even that might be up for debate. But now things have changed even more with the introduction of black adam. However, with Superman seemingly AWOL, the only hero who might stand a chance against him would be Shazam. That said, the Sorcerer’s Champion may be more than underqualified to take on such an enemy.
In the San Diego Comic-Con trailer for black adam, the titular anti-hero takes on every member of the Justice Society of America. While their efforts to hold him back were valiant, Adam seemingly dispatched them all with little to no effort on his part. While most of these characters wouldn’t have stood a chance against him in the comics either, the real feat of strength came when he was able to hold off the mighty Doctor Fate. With this logic, Billy Batson may have a real dilemma when it’s time for him to confront the powerful being.
In Shazam!, Billy tries his best to be the best hero he can be. But unlike Adam, he’s never been a warrior, let alone seen prolonged combat. In fact, his good-heartedness and youthfulness made him the perfect candidate to wield The Wizard’s powers. This was because, in the past, he had granted his powers to Teth Adam, who used them to create destruction rather than save lives. But with Billy nowhere near ready to face someone evenly matched, how would a battle between Shazam and Black Adam unfold?
Adam has shown that he treats his powers as an extension of himself. As a result, he grew accustomed to his strength, flight, and lighting abilities. And compared to Billy, he’s even more capable of wielding them creatively and destructively. In the past, Billy has shown that he prefers to use his powers like Superman, meaning he rarely uses his lighting powers offensively. That said, he’s also incredibly tough, which is what he would need to take on Adam.
Another downside Billy has against Adam is that he lacks the killer instinct that made Adam the person he is today. In black adam, he’s already shown that he’s not afraid to take a life if it’s for the greater good. However, Billy, being a child, is far from ready to face a choice of this magnitude. Because of this, Adam could easily take advantage of his hesitation and almost kill Billy to prove he should never have had the power.
While there is still hope for Billy in a showdown between him and Black Adam, it won’t be a pretty fight. In fact, Adam will probably make an example out of him before Billy finally embraces his inner strength. But even if a hero is likely to prevail, there’s no doubt that Shazam is still completely unprepared to take on Adam. And the power that Adam will demonstrate in his film will likely show it in destructive ways.
To see Shazam’s nemesis make its big-screen debut, Black Adam opens in theaters on October 21.