Wonder Woman 1984’s nod to Black Adam.
Wonder Woman 1984 nods to the recent history of DC Comics villain Black Adam (spoilers notice)
Though much of the plot for Wonder Woman 1984 takes place in Washington, DC, the Warner Bros. sequel sends the film’s villain and superhero to Egypt, a classic DC comic location with ties to the now-turned villain in antihero, Black Adam.
In Wonder Woman 1984, con artist and aspiring corporate mogul Maxwell Lord ( Pedro Pascal ) has long searched for the wish stone, a legendary item that fulfills the wish of anyone who touches it, at a steep price. The charlatan whose financial success is little more than a house of cards wishes to become the living embodiment of the Stone of Dreams, with a view to building his empire, a wish that will in turn: grant the wishes of those with whom he meets. find, from a job seeker to the president of the United States, and you will take whatever you want from each of them in return.
That plan takes him to Cairo, Egypt, to visit Emir Said Bin Abydos (Amr Waked), an oil magnate whose reserves are the object of Max’s desire. However, the emir is indifferent to Max’s meteoric rise in the business world and reveals his desire for his ancestral kingdom, the lands of the Bialyian dynasty, to return. No political or historical context is given, but the wish immediately triggers an earthquake with the eruption on the floor of a stone wall that surrounds the land of Said Bin Abydos, separating some of the poorest residents of the city, its only source of water.
In the DC comics, Bialya is not a dynasty, but rather a Middle Eastern country, somewhere north of Saudi Arabia. Introduced in 1987 in Justice League No. 2, Bialya is a military-controlled nation and is best known as the place where archaeologist Dan Garrett unearthed the blue scarab and, in recent comic book history, where an enraged Black Adam murdered thousands of its inhabitants.
Wonder Woman 1984 Connection With Black Adam…
In 2006 weekly comic 52: World War III, the Four Horsemen of Apokolips, the living incarnations of famine, war, pestilence, and death, used Bialya as a base from which to launch a devastating attack on the nearby nation of Khandaq, which was under the protection of Black Adam, his wife Isis, and his brother-in-law Osiris. The last two died in the process.
After the funeral in honor of his family and driven by revenge, Black Adam attacks Bialya and exterminates the entire population of 2,000,000 citizens in his search for his goal. Confronting the murderer of his family, an enraged Adam battles a greatly enhanced Death, which has been feeding off the massacre of the Bialya population. Despite his enhanced strength, Adam defeats Death with a barrage of mystical lightning. While torturing Death for an entire day, Adam discovers the identity and whereabouts of the Riders’ masters and flies to Oolong Island in search of the Science Squad.
Black Adam starring Dwayne Johnson is getting closer and closer, as a Shazam spinoff and sequel on the way. It’s highly unlikely that the project will send Shazam’s old foe to the fictional Bialya, or even pick up the Wonder Woman 1984 thread but this reference is interesting.
Directed by Patty Jenkins, from a screenplay she wrote with Geoff Johns and David Callaham, Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, and Natasha Rothwell.