In the comics, Atom Smasher turns out to be close to Black Adam, you know!
There is a DC superhero team that was finally introduced in a live-action film through Black Adam (2022), namely Justice Society. For your information, Justice Society is the first superhero team in comic history, you know! In the comics, there are many members of the Justice Society. However, Black Adam has only introduced four superheroes who are members of the Justice Society.
The four members of the Justice Society introduced in Black Adam are Hawkman, Doctor Fate, Cyclone, and Atom Smasher. All members of the Justice Society have different, very interesting powers. However, Atom Smasher is arguably the most striking because he can make his body become a giant.
In order to get to know more about Atom Smasher in Black Adam, let’s first look at the facts about this superhero who can become a giant!
Atom Smasher Facts, The Giant DC Superhero in Black Adam
1. their Real name is Albert Rothstein, he first appeared in the comic The All-Star Squadron #25 which was released in September 1983.
The character created by Roy Thomas and Jerry Ordway initially debuted in the comics using the identity of Nuklon. Albert’s appearance as Nuklon is also so eccentric with his mohawk hair. While still a Nuklon, Albert was a member of the Infinity, Inc. team, then served in the Justice League. Albert first used the identity of Atom Smasher in the comic Kingdom Come #2 which was released in June 1996.
2. His grandfather is a villain named Cyclotron and his godfather is Atom.
In the comics, Albert is told as the godson of Al Pratt’s version of Atom. But in Black Adam, Al is told as Albert’s uncle. The costume that Atom Smasher wears in Black Adam is also said to be a legacy from Atom. Apart from being Atom’s godson, Albert is also described as the grandson of the villain Cyclotron in the comics. You could say, Albert, can get his power because he is a descendant of Cyclotron.
3. Familiar with Black Adam, they even work together to kill each of their enemies.
When Black Adam joined the Justice Society, Atom Smasher didn’t really get along with the character at first. But over time, the two of them became close, especially after Black Adam confirmed the Extant murders committed by Atom Smasher. Black Adam even went so far as to think of Atom Smasher as a brother he never had.
Their closeness makes Atom Smasher even more frustrated with the moral boundaries of Justice Society. At that time, Atom Smasher had a grudge against Cobra, while Black Adam wanted to stop the dictator Khandaq. As a result, the two swap enemies, Black Adam killing Cobra while Atom Smasher kills dictator Khandaq and helps to overthrow the regime.
4. It is known that it can enlarge its body to reach a height of 18 meters.
The power and density of the Atom Smasher increase proportionally in any size. Even in the DC Encyclopedia, it is stated that the Atom Smasher can expand to 60 feet or 18 meters without any problems. Even so, it is still unknown whether Atom Smasher can grow even bigger or not.
While still a Nuclone, Albert had the ability to penetrate walls. Unfortunately, this ability wasn’t shown when he became an Atom Smasher, so it’s unknown if Atom still has the ability or not. Albert is also known to be a skilled pilot and mechanic. However, this ability is not shown in the Black Adam film.
5. Before debuting on the big screen, Atom Smasher first appeared in the series The Flash.
Seven years before debuting in Black Adam, Atom Smasher first made its live-action debut in The Flash series, precisely in The Flash season 2, episode “The Man Who Saved Central City”, which aired in October 2015. In this episode, Atom Smasher emerged from Earth-2 which was told to be evil.
The Earth-2 version of Atom Smasher is said to have killed the Earth-1 version of the Atom Smasher. In The Flash, Atom Smasher is played by Adam Copeland, a figure also known as the WWE wrestler under the stage name Edge.
That’s a row of facts about Atom Smasher, a member of the Justice Society who could become a giant in Black Adam. After seeing the action and reading the facts, is Atom Smasher now your favorite superhero?