Black Adam is the first Anti-Hero film to hit the big screen from the comic book world and played it safe in telling his story.
Dwayne Johnson is finally in the comic book movie universe as Black Adam and it’s fun but suffers from using the same formula as all comic book origin storytelling.
The film starts in ancient Kahndaq, Teth Adam (Johnson) was bestowed the almighty powers of the gods. After using these powers for vengeance, he was imprisoned, becoming Black Adam. Nearly 5,000 years have passed, and Black Adam has gone from man to myth to legend. Now free, his unique form of justice, born out of rage, is challenged by modern-day heroes who form the Justice Society.
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, “Black Adam” is one of the better DC superhero films in the DCEU. Screenwriters Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines, and Sohrab Noshirvani present Black Adam with the cookie-cutter story and play it safe. Dwayne Johnson’s portrayal of one of DC supporting characters seems to not stretch his acting chops but appears to not be a
concern. The supporting cast does bring their game and the standouts of the film are the Justice Society: Aldis Hodge’s Hawkman, Noah Centineo’s Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell’s Cyclone, and Pierce Brosnan’s Dr. Fate. Hodge and Brosnan’s relationship in this film feels real with their performance. You feel for these characters and the only negative is
that we don’t get enough from Atom Smasher and Cyclone. That is something they can build on if Black Adam gets a sequel.
Overall, it’s an enjoyable comic book movie. I want to see more of Black Adam in the future but hopefully with more risk.
The post-credit scene is all the hype and if this was a glimpse of the sequel, take the risk and the film will be rewarded at the box office.