fxpodcast #344 Black Adam with Digital Domain

Black Adam is the DC superhero film starring Dwayne Johnson as the dark anti-hero DC Comics character. The film is a spin-off from Shazam! (2019) and the eleventh film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). It was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, and the story centers around Adam, an ancient superhuman who is released from his magic imprisonment by a group of archeologists in order to free the nation of Kahndaq from a vicious crime gang.

In this episode, we speak to Nikos Kalaitzidis, VFX supervisor at Digital Domain about the work they did. Digital Domain primarily worked on Black Adam’s introduction at the Rock of Eternity, as you will hear in the podcast, one of the most complicated shots they did was when Black Adam uses his electricity to melt a mercenary, thus establishing him very much as the anti-hero.

Death by Adam


fxguide previously spoke to Nikos Kalaitzidis about his work on Free Guy (2021), and he has previous credits on Shazam! (2019), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), and many more.

This full fight sequence against the mercenaries, including the establishment of Black Adam’s powers and included his signature “zipping” effect, showing Black Adam moving at impossible speeds.

DD also created the ‘glowing bolt’ on Black Adam’s chest, and they co-developed Dr. Fate’s powers along with Wētā FX.

As well as the attack at the mine, which involved extensive environment work and many other key sequences.

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