Dwayne Johnson’s upcoming Black Adam will bring the iconic DC Comics character to the big screen for the first time. Accompanying The Rock’s titular anti-hero will be a plethora of other characters that will help provide fans with a look at the past, present and future of their favorite universe. One name that is rumored to be involved in the film is Adrianna Tomaz, aka Isis, who has a very interesting backstory, to say the least.
Tomaz first appeared in 1975 on Filmation’s The Shazam/Isis Hour as Andrea Thomas, a science teacher who discovered a magical amulet in Egypt that allowed her to call upon the powers of the goddess Isis. While her backstory wasn’t touched upon much in the Saturday morning series, her abilities — which included super-strength, flight, command of fire, water, earth and air, and control of the weather — were on full display for viewers of the program.
The Shazam/Isis Hour was later renamed The Secrets of Isis when it hit syndication, airing for 22 episodes over two seasons. It was during this time that the character started to gain in popularity, even being given her own DC Comics title, The Mighty Isis. However, after some brief animated stints on The Freedom Force and Hero High, Isis would drift off into obscurity for several years.
It wasn’t until the character was revived in DC Comics’ 52 in 2006 that hardcore fans came to know Isis in her modern form. Reintroduced as Adrianna Tomaz, the character was an Egyptian refugee who was taken by the crime organization Intergang and brought to Black Adam, who served as the ruler of Kahndaq. After winning over the anti-hero, Adrianna was freed and given the amulet of Isis as a gift from her former captor.
From that point, Isis would join the Black Marvel Family, alongside Black Adam, her brother Osiris and a humanoid crocodile Sobek. However, things didn’t go smoothly for the group as Isis would eventually parish during Black Adam’s conflict with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. She would be resurrected several times only for her to go mad and end up petrified as a statue after failing to overthrow Captain Marvel as the caretaker of the Rock of Eternity.
After a brief reappearance in DC’s Blackest Night, Isis wouldn’t truly rejoin the comic fray until the New 52 brought her back as a civil-rights activist who assisted in bringing back Black Adam after her brother was killed by government forces. From there, things would once again go quiet on the Isis front — at least until the powers that be at The CW got their hands on her.
First appearing in Season 3 of Legends of Tomorrow, Zari Tomaz, another incarnation of Isis, was brought onto the Waverider crew after the group traveled to 2042 and came across the hacktivist who needed help rescuing her brother from an A.R.G.U.S. black site. The Legends agree to help break into the location, where Zari retrieves her brother’s mystical amulet. After confessing to the Legends that her brother is dead, she agrees to join the crew on their time-traveling hijinks.
For the next two seasons, Zari became a crucial member of the Legends, even helping to stop the Dominators’ invasion during the Arrowverse crossover “Invasion!” Things were going smoothly until the end of Season 4 when the group averted the dystopian future Zari was from, resulting in her brother, Behrad, never dying. This led to Behrad joining the Legends instead of his sister and, with the timeline adjusted accordingly, none of the Legends remembering Zari was ever part of the team. Currently, in Season 5, Zari has rejoined the group with little memory of her alternate self.
Based on the rumored Black Adam script leaks, the big screen incarnation of Isis will go by Adrianna and be Black Adam’s wife. It’s unclear if she will gain the powers of Isis during the events of the film, but with DC and Warner Bros. betting big on a Dwayne Johnson-led project, they’re surely going to pull out all the stops.
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, Black Adam stars Dwayne Johnson. The film is scheduled to arrive in theaters Dec. 22, 2021.
Dwayne Johnson's long-awaited Black Adam is rumored to feature a DC Comics character with a backstory that dates back to a '70s morning series.