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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Black Adam with sound clips and images.
Black Adam is the Arch-nemesis of Captain Marvel and his original comic book debut was in the 1st issue of Marvel Family from Fawcett Comics in 1945 but he became a DC Comics character in 1973 when DC Comics got the rights to the Captain Marvel franchise. Black Adam was Captain Marvel predecessor namely that he was given the powers of S.H.A.Z.A.M by the wizard Shazam, however Black Adam was originally a young Egyptian prince by the name of Teth Adam in which Shazam bestowed Adam the powers of S.H.A.Z.A.M so he can be a heroic champion. While Adam was once a kind young man but after he became Black Adam all the immense power he got went to his head and demanded that the world will see him as its new God in which the Wizard banished Adam to the most distant star in the universe and Adam has desired revenge ever since. While Black Adam is generally known as a super-being with a bit of a god complex, like many other Comic Book Villains he has recently been depicted as a Anti-Hero in the comics but he is still generally known as a flat-out villain.
EDITOR'S OPINIONToday on the DC Universe VC section we have a little something for Captain Marvel's Arch-Foe... BLACK ADAM! We will actually begin with the early 80's Filmation series "Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam" in which one of Filmation's founders Lou Scheimer voiced Black Adam. I suppose it is a bit silly on how Lou's Black Adam voice is in retrospection basically a somewhat deeper version of his Trapjaw voice but to be honest I do think that it still does work with the role pretty well. Lou's performance for the role of Black Adam is decent enough as it does have a powerful but very arrogant feel to it as well and is probably one of the better performances in the Shazam episodes of that show.
Black Adam never really had a voice acted appearance again until 2010 in which Black Adam appeared in a episode of Batman Brave and the Bold voiced by series regular John DiMaggio. One thing I can say about John's performance as Black Adam is kind of like Lou's but a bit more polished. I mean sure its not hard to tell that John is voicing Black Adam here as its basically his Kilowog voice but a bit deeper but its not that big a deal as his voice does genuinely work with the role rather well. John's performance does also sound sinister but he seems to play Black Adam's arrogance a bit more but hey I am not complaining as it does suit the role well and is a pretty good example of his voice work.
Black Adam's movie debut was in the DC Showcase series of Superman / Shazaml The Return of Black Adam in which Black Adam was voiced by Arnold Vosloo. I admit one of my initial reactions to Arnold's voice for the role is "Whats with the Accent?" but Arnold's voice for the role grew on me pretty quickly. However Arnold's performance for the role was just fine though as he definitely made Black Adam sound sinister as a delusional psychopath whom thinks that getting super-powers is a perfectly justifiable reason to be a nihilist to mortals. So in other words while Arnold's voice for the role did seem a little strange at first but it still works pretty and his performance more than made up for it as it is a good example of the voice work in the DC Showcase Shorts.
Last but not least is DC Universe Online in which Alexander Brandon gets to take over the role here as Black Adam. One thing I have noticed about Alexander's work as Black Adam is that unlike the others he plays the role as a VERY angry man whom is furiously out for revenge and Alexander does it pretty well. Granted Alexander's voice for the role also had a bit of an accent with it that did seem a little strange at first but alike Arnold Vosloo's work it kind of grew on me and it works for the role as Alexander's work as Black Adam is a pretty good example of the voice work in DC Universe Online. Overall none of these guys are seemingly "perfect" for the role to me but all of them have done pretty well in their own way.