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Teth-Adam is the former champion of the wizard Shazam.
Teth-Adam was the first champion of Shazam, chosen for his heroic acts and courageous heart. With his new gifts, he would go on to become the ruler of his homeland - Kahndaq. But while he was off fighting someone else's war, his family was murdered by criminals. This turn of events led Teth-Adam to protect Kahndaq by any means necessary, resorting to brutality and ruthlessness. In response to such harsh acts, Shazam plagued him with the name Black Adam, before leaving him entombed ever since. It was only until the modern era that Shazam would choose a new champion - Billy Batson.
Teth-Adam grew to be a serious and nearly humorless individual, only caring for the safety of his people and what he considers noble and necessary. Although nearly without humor, he will give out a "Ha!" when someone does something clever, or make a joke of his own in the form of a putdown / insult; aside from this, he will not make usual nor common jokes and takes his duties very seriously. He is also not without emotional and objective intelligence, whether he's swaying the people of Kahndaq and creating followers, or using cunning strategies to his advantage. To that end, he has an aura of authority and leadership that gives off a charming impression. What's more is that he owns a powerful temper, which may overcome his moral values at times; his temper is especially triggered when one is being rude to him. Teth-Adam is utterly and completely without mercy, and will not hesitate to end the lives of criminals opposed to throwing them in jail. He rules regally, though with officious and militant methods, which also attributes to his every day social behavior. He is arrogant when he, in his mind, knows he's better than someone, but will otherwise admire them should they prove worthy in his eyes. But at heart, underneath the veil of his God-like might and no-nonsense persona, is a terribly alone man who misses his family.
Powers and Abilities
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- Shazam - Former Mentor
Behind the scenes
In 2005, New Line Cinema had been pushing the idea of a Billy Batson and the Legend of Shazam! live-action feature film, with Peter Segal as director and Michael Uslan as producer. Actor and former wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson had agreed to appear in the film as Black Adam, but the project was ultimately abandoned. Nine years later Johnson signed on to play Black Adam in the 2019 film Shazam!. However, in January 2017, it was announced that Black Adam would appear in his own solo film instead.