In black adam, we’re introduced, for the first time in the DCU, to the Justice Society of America, a group of superheroes who seem to have been working for a while and who also work for Amanda Waller. It’s very different from the dynamic we’ve seen between Waller and superheroes so far.
While the Justice League is much better known, the Justice Society of America predates it by almost twenty years and was originally made up of the Golden Age incarnations of Doctor Fate, Hourman, the Spectre, Sandman, Atom and Hawkman, in addition to the pre-Justice League incarnations of Flash (Jay Garrick) and (Alan Scott) Green Lantern. Eventually, as superhero comics became less popular, the series was canceled until the Justice League was finally created to reboot the JSA, but then became its own thing. In response to this, the JSA was placed on “Earth-Two”, with the Justice League on “Earth-One”.
Now, one of the biggest problems with the DCU is that through its many films, it has changed in tone, theme, and creative direction, particularly due to the creative vision of its original architect, Zack. Snyder, compared to everyone else. At this point, it already feels like there are two Earths. The CW’s Arrowverse has toyed with this before, but it’s possible it’s something DC will play with on the big screen to make things work again, so what we might see in black adam is the foundation of many different realities.
The existence of the JSA also complicates the idea, in Justice League, by the way, it takes a new union of heroes to fight the evil of the New Gods. Well, where was the JSA? If the JSA was formed after Amanda Waller’s mess with the Suicide Squad, then the question is why? And why haven’t we even heard of it in other documents? Plus, we hear about people like Red Tornado and The Atom, who were never in this universe, but are here. Since black adam is doing well and a sequel is coming, one in which Henry Cavill’s Superman exists again, there will come a time when these two teams of justice will come together. But can they coexist?
A Justice Society film is apparently currently in the works, and maybe we can get some more answers to these questions. World-building in the comics is always messy, so it makes sense that their adaptations struggle from time to time, but the DCU finds itself in a particularly strange place. Only time will tell how it all comes together.
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