The highly-anticipated DC character Atom Smasher is finally being introduced to mainstream audiences in the forthcoming DC film Black Adam. Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam is not a straight-up superhero but more of an anti-hero. The trailer dropped on Wednesday and it prominently featured many members of the Justice Society of America like Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Cyclone, and Atom Smasher.
There is one character whose costume looks very familiar
In the trailer, we got to see Atom Smasher, a member of the Justice Society of America. What is so strange about this character is that its costume looks a lot like Deadpool’s costume. DC also announced all-new one-shot comics centering around some of the characters, including The Justice Society Files: Atom Smasher #1.
— DC (@DCComics) June 9, 2022
Fans quickly hopped on social media and trolled the character’s appearance
Atom Smasher wears a bright red and blue costume design which looks great. However, there is something else that comes to mind when you first look at his attire and that is – Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool. It almost looks as if the costume was just recolored and given a new belt, even the eyes have the same shape around them.
— Cris Parker (@3CFilmss) June 9, 2022
Look, I know Atom Smasher looks like this in the comics but all I'm seeing is Deadpool with a degree in physics. LOL pic.twitter.com/5LiiCTEx4M
— JOLLY J✨ (@DynamoSuperX) June 9, 2022
i 100% thought they just spray painted over deadpool’s mask for a second. pic.twitter.com/jBtuDVQT4g
— Miles Onishi (@MilesOnishi) June 9, 2022
Oh cool. Looks like Pepsi sponsored Deadpool… https://t.co/D0GWD3M9Y5
— Exiled Meatball (@ExiledMeatball) June 9, 2022
Cant wait for Deadpool 3 🥰 pic.twitter.com/jdNiMAbcfI
— ꂵꍏꋪ꒒꒒ꂦꈤ (@marllowollram) June 9, 2022
One fan made an interesting point
One fan, however, made a valid point: Wade Wilson himself arguably started out as a parody of the DC character Deathstroke. He called the hot takes that claim Atom Smasher to be a copy of Deadpool “ironically sad.” In the comics, Atom Smasher made his debut first. While Atom Smasher’s first appearance was in All-Star Squadron #25 in 1983, Deadpool was first introduced in 1990, in New Mutants #98.
Claiming that Atom Smasher is a copy of Deadpool is ironically sad, especially since Deadpool himself is a copy of Deathstroke. https://t.co/YXZN9AgQPF
— The Moonlight Warrior 🌙 (@BlackMajikMan90) June 9, 2022
Black Adam releases in theatres on October 21, 2022.