After a prolonged eight years in stages of early development, Dwayne Johnson was finally confirmed to portray Black Adam — one of DC Extended Universe’s most anticipated villains, who is finally making his debut in his standalone film, “Black Adam.” Released on Oct. 21, the film conducts a morally ambiguous plotline for its characters, juxtaposing Black Adam’s merciless kills clash with the Justice Society’s ethos of overthrowing their villains with “due process.” Skirting the lines between hero and villain, Black Adam toys with his destructive powers of superhuman strength and the ability to generate lightning.
Nearly 5,000 years after Black Adam was granted with his almighty powers, an archaeologist named Adrianna Tomaz (Sarah Shahi) awakens him from his tomb to liberate her country of Kahndaq — a resource-cursed country that has been under the thumb of a paramilitary crime ring called Intergang. Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell) and Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo) — collectively known as the Justice Society — are all assigned to take down Black Adam. However, they quickly realize that there are other battles to fight. Despite their differences, the all-powerful Black Adam and the Justice Society team up to defeat Sabak (Marwan Kenzari) – an Inter A demonic manifestation that takes over the body of a gang leader.
At best, Black Adam is a fun and entertaining superhero movie, but a closer look reveals it to be generic, mediocre, and forgettable. Climax pacing and stunning visuals do most of the work, but the film suffers the most from a plot that lacks originality and leaves viewers craving something more substantial. Based on metaphors and cliché marriages. The final battle also includes his CGI Skye beam summoning an army of zombies.
From many perspectives, the film suffers from a lack of imagination and meaningful characters. to Ultimately, this hinders Black Adam’s screen time, crowding its origin story with more interesting characters sharing as much, if not more, screen time.
Throughout the film, Adriana vouches for Black Adam’s altruism and defends him, confident that he can end her country’s systemic oppression when the Justice Society confronts her.
The two characters don’t necessarily share a romantic storyline, but the trope between the scientist and the omnipotent god already came from Thor and Jane Foster in one of Marvel’s early projects, Thor. That’s what we saw… Unfortunately, Adriana becomes completely one-dimensional after the first half, and her only motive is to search for her kidnapped teenage son, Amon (Bodhi Sabongi).
Drive, power. However, Black Adam only portrays the latter as he’s given a character arc that never fully flies. You endanger the plot of the main character of the movie. The film tries to portray its protagonist as an antihero, but it doesn’t do it convincingly.
But a nonchalant character doesn’t cross the line between superhero, villain, and antihero because he doesn’t have altruistic or malicious motives. Instead, the wandering Black Adam spends the entire movie protecting Amon – not because he has an emotional or paternal connection to the child, but because he happens to further the plot.
The Justice Society, on the other hand, is a comedic and funny team that bears a striking resemblance to Deadpool 2’s bumbling but charming X-Force. Still, the young recruiter was often retained as a supporting filler for the character throughout the film, with Atom Smasher’s portrayal of Centineo Himbo, who has the ability to grow to the size of Marvel’s Ant-Man, popping up from time to time and being pathetic.
It offers dialogue and comedy relief. Swindell’s ultra-thin Cyclone captivates with her wind-manipulating skills whenever the camera is pointed at her, but her character never really matters to the plot.