Black Adam is promising to be quite the superhero experience once we actually get to see it. The long-gestating project is still in the works and Dwayne Johnson seems totally committed to getting it out there to the world. We don’t know all the surprises the blockbuster has in store for us, but a new rumor suggests that the tentpole film could make history for the DC cinematic universe.
We Got This Covered is reporting that Black Adam will feature the DC cinematic universe’s first transgender superhero. Their source goes on to say that it will be one of the members of the Justice Society of America but does not seem to know which hero it will be. The only Justice Society of America superheroes that have been teased for the film are Doctor Fate and Cyclone. Could one of them end up being the transgender superhero? Or is it another Justice Society of America character that we have not seen yet?
It would actually make a lot of sense if Cyclone was the hero they chose to make transgender in Black Adam. As a character, she is fairly new to the comics and has not had decades of history attached to her interpretations. Doing something new with her character like making her transgender could actually be monumental enough to affect other interpretations of her in other media. And since she is not bogged down by a ton of pre-established canon from the comics, it would not be the biggest deal to make her character transgender.
It looks like we might be seeing transgender characters pop up in both Black Adam and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced earlier this year that a transgender character would show up in a movie that was currently shooting. The speculation is that it could be in Eternals, which we would have actually seen by now if not for the many delays the film has undergone. If that is the case, it looks like the Marvel Cinematic Universe will beat DC to that benchmark as well.
Black Adam promises to deliver something very special in the superhero landscape: a film that focuses more on a villain or anti-hero than an outright superhero. The character has often been played as a complicated antagonist to the traditional superhero characters. Considering Dwayne Johnson’s magnetic and warm public persona, it will be fascinating to see him take on a role that is more somber and possibly moody than the material fans are used to seeing him in.
We will simply have to wait and see what will become of this new Black Adam rumor. If a transgender superhero is headed to the DC cinematic universe, we hope to find out who it is and who will be playing them. It sounds like this particular superhero film has a lot more in store for audiences than just its title character. We will be keeping our eyes and ears peeled for any more updates on this seemingly always-in-development project.