Black Adam could be considered one of comic’s greatest anti-heroes. while more often than not portrayed as a villain he has his conflictions. Black Adam comes from the Middle Eastern country of Kahndaq, a nation that was once a “melting pot of cultures, wealth, and magic” yet the nation was built on the backs of slaves. Adam was given the powers of the wizard Shazam and used them to break the chains of those beaten down by those who stood above them. When Adam returned to the modern-day he would find people oppressed and enslaved and would do whatever it took to free people from the chains of those who abuse their power.
In a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Actress Sarah Shahi, who signed on to play Adrianna Tomaz in the film, confirmed that Intergang would be playing a big role in the film as a primary antagonist.
“I play a character named Adrianna, and she’s a freedom fighter that’s leading this big resistance against an evil, malicious group called Intergang,”
Shahi went onto explain just how important she took this role and how she looked to break a stereotype amongst middle eastern actors with this movie
“I’m Middle Eastern; I’m Persian. And there’s not a lot of Middle Eastern representation out there… There are other Middle Eastern actors that I know who are either getting cast in terrorist roles or they’re really being stereotyped by how they look. So I’m hoping that, on some level, Black Adam will help break open that stereotype.”
Intergang makes themselves a target of Adam in the New 52 when they offer him, Adrianna, alongside $2,000,000 in African gold to try and entice him into allowing them to use Kahndaq to run weapons through. Adam in return frees Adrianna and violently kills a member of Intergang named Noose. With Adrianna at his side, Adam learned to become a better leader and more passionate with her help.