Black Adam
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Black Adam

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Black Adam with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Captain Marvel

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.
Created by Pokejedservo on Sep 8 2011
Special thanks to UltimateCharm, Music Meister for additional sound clips.
The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam (1981)
Black AdamLou Scheimer
Lou Scheimer
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)
Black AdamJohn DiMaggio
John DiMaggio
DC Universe Online (2011)
Black AdamAlexander Brandon
Alexander Brandon
Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013)
Black AdamJoey Naber
Joey Naber
Justice League Action (2016)
Black AdamGary Cole
Gary Cole
DC Showcase: Superman / Shazam! The Return Of Black Adam
Black AdamArnold Vosloo
Arnold Vosloo


Today 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.    



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said at 12:41 PM on Mon Jan 16 2017
Arnold Vosloo - He's the best voice for Adam, no questions, no arguments. Do I even need to say way?! His natural acting voice is just perfect for the integrity of the character; no need to act over the top or to try and sound more gruff and intimidating, he's excellent the way he is.

John Dimaggio - Not bad, I still think he could have done something more with the performance, but it works to it's merits.

Joey Naber - Not as good as Vosloo or Dimaggio, in fact I think he may have tried too hard to sound more gruff and fierce; still he pulls a decent accent, and when not trying to sound gruff his normal speaking tone is fine.

Gary Cole - An unexpected choice for the character; is it lighter than all the rest... yeah, a bit over the top... a little, but if I may be frank that's what makes it interesting. It is a neat change of pace in terms of the character and casting the guy who voice him. It's not intimidating by any means, but it's subtle plus that tone of his definitely harkens to the character's pompous charm, and when he does need to add some gravel, it does help a little to make him stand out as a legit supervillain.

BONUS: I'll start with the typecasts first; I think Fred Tatasciore would make for an authentic as well as imposing Black Adam, ditto with Scott McNeil or Neil Kaplan; as well as Steve Blum, Crispen Freeman, and Robin Atkin Downes and Travis Willingham; and especially someone like Clancy Brown or Jamieson Price, Mark Acheson, and Mark Oliver.

For less typecasted, but still suitable roles I can see Phil LaMarr, George Rivers, Chris Jai Alex, Imari Williams, Jeff Bennett, Tom Kane, Brian Bloom, Paul Dobson, or just about anyone who make Black Adam sound awesome really.
said at 12:42 PM on Mon Jan 16 2017
@Troodon2 ... especially, JB Blanc.
said at 1:14 PM on Wed Apr 19 2017
@Troodon2 Patrick Seitz?
said at 1:25 PM on Wed Apr 19 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed Or yeah, sure Patrick Seitz.
said at 4:12 PM on Wed Jan 11 2017
VC thoughts update

I really enjoy Lou Scheimer the most. I really love that deep voice and hammy performance, plus, he does sounds like he's having a blast in the role.

Gary Cole is also pretty enjoyable. I love his smug attitude and his arrogant tone.

Joey Naber has a really good accent and his delivery is great. Another good fit for the character.

John DiMaggio reminds me a lot of Lou. He has the same amount of ham, but I wish he was a little bit more bombastic. It's still a good effort.

Alexander Brandon is good, but his delivery is kinda slow and awkward.

Arnold Vosloo... I dunno why, but he sounds a little bit off to me.
EPA Deane
said at 2:57 AM on Thu Jan 12 2017
@Starscreamsfan To be fair Black Adam IS meant to be Egyptian in the Comics.

Arnold Vosloo's casting is a reference to his role as Imhotep in 'The Mummy' series.
said at 3:31 AM on Thu Jan 12 2017
@EPA Deane It's not the accent. I like the accent, but there is something that feels off to me (could be the delivery).
said at 11:08 PM on Tue Jan 10 2017
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Gary Cole worked as Black Adam, though there are others who've been better.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 8:31 PM on Tue Jan 10 2017
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Gary is a nice change of pace for him but I don't know, I don't think it clicks with Adam. Like he'd make a good Lex Luther or Norman Osborne but maybe not Adam.
said at 7:35 PM on Tue Jan 10 2017
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Gary is a pretty out of the box casting choice, but I feel he adds this pompous attitude to Adam that works pretty well. His natural gravel also adds a bit to the performance, helps Adam sound much bigger and more like a threat..
said at 3:24 PM on Thu Jun 16 2016
1. Arnold Vosloo
2. Alexander Brandon
3. Joey Naber
4. John DiMaggio
5. Lou Scheimer
said at 9:56 AM on Sat Mar 7 2015
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John DiMaggio's deep voice is the most fitting and his acting is sharp as hell.
said at 7:24 AM on Sat Mar 7 2015
1) Lou Scheimer
2) Joey Naber
3) John DiMaggio
4) Alexander Brandon
5) Arnold Vosloo
said at 3:56 PM on Wed Mar 26 2014
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My opinions on Adam's many voices!

Lou: His voice was nice and deep, but too monstrous. Though I don't hate it nor do I think it's bad: it's over the top and cheesy, pretty much a by-product of the era that the Kid Power Hour was from. It's my least favorite, but it's still an alright voice.

John DiMaggio: My third favorite of Adam's voices. While I like the accents used by Vosloo and above, John's Black Adam still sounds appropriately menacing and powerful. I'd like to hear him voice him again one day, he's got plenty of talent!

Arnold Vosloo: My favorite of the bunch. Arnold Vosloo's accent is a great addition to Adam, and it serves as a garnish to Adam's fantastic lines such as his ant speech. It's an all around great voice, and to me, Adam is the definite Black Adam out of the bunch.

Alexander Brandon: I prefer the others, but it's okay. All I really can say about this one.

Joey Naber: I thought it was awesome that he was Shazam and Adam, and he nails both. His accent for Adam is very good and puts him right up there with Arnold Vosloo, but I think it's his tone that makes it my second favorite. It's deep, rich, and very authoritative, just all around good stuff.
said at 8:25 AM on Wed Mar 19 2014
 4 Shout Outs!
How about Michael T Weiss for Black Adam?
said at 4:40 PM on Sat Jun 28 2014
Or how about Robin Atkin Downes?
said at 8:13 PM on Tue Apr 2 2013
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Arnold could almost play him in Live-Action =D
said at 4:36 PM on Sat Oct 12 2013
@GerPer92 *should
said at 3:42 PM on Sat Mar 23 2013
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I think Arnold's accent really gave the character a little more umph.
said at 9:15 PM on Sun Nov 11 2012
I personally like Arnold Vosloo the most.
said at 6:00 AM on Sat Apr 14 2012
I'm gonna go with Arnold Vosloo for Black Adam, though John DiMaggio was good, too.
said at 9:08 PM on Fri Aug 2 2013

Sticking with Volsoo, but Joey Naber is good as Black Adam, too.
said at 2:04 PM on Sun Aug 4 2013
@Anicomicgeek I have similar feelings. I'm glad we got another actor to do an accent though.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 6:50 PM on Fri Sep 16 2011
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Black Adam having a deep voice is a good idea however I think Luo's was a little too deep which is ironic cause Black Adam in that show seems smaller than the others. His voice also seemed a little cheesy but I don't hate his voice.

I like John but I kinda gotta put him in last place. Even though he did kinda sound like Lou's only, what pokejedservo said, 'polished' but it sounds more generic then anything else.

Now Black Adam having a deeper voice and an accent is a good idea and since he's egyitian (go go mispell) it makes sense. Arnold was good for the role but the accent is a little too thick. It distracts you from his performance.

Alex is the best, deeper voice and an accent that's subtle. His performance also adds more depth to the character.

My ranking:
1. Alex Brandom
2. Arnold Vosloo
3. Lou Scheimer
4. John DiMaggio
said at 6:46 PM on Fri Sep 9 2011
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Going with Alexander Brandon here since he seems to have the most emotion in his performance. Though I can't help but laugh at the "I am an EVIL man" line.

He sort of reminds me of Illidan Stormrage in a way.

Arnold Vosloo is alright, but I think the accent sort of gets in the way of his performance. Not really his fault I guess though, I'd say he's my second favourite.

...Actually John DiMaggio ties as second for me, his voice is pretty deep and threatening. It's pretty good, but eh...a tad generic, I'd say. Still, its not bad, just not one of his best performances I'd say.

Lou Scheimer is a little too silly and cheesy for me.
said at 4:42 PM on Fri Sep 9 2011
I'll give this to John Dimaggio but I like them all
said at 12:28 AM on Fri Sep 9 2011
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I felt that Arnold Vosloo was an inspired casting choice considering that Black Adam was Egyptian and Vosloo is most famous for playing Imhotep in The Mummy film series
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 7:48 PM on Sun Sep 11 2011
@Curt THANK YOU, that's been bothering me on where I've seen him before
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Who do you think has been the best from these Black Adam voice actors?
Lou Scheimer
John DiMaggio
Arnold Vosloo
Alexander Brandon
Joey Naber
Gary Cole
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