Black Adam is a 2022 American fantasy action film about the titular anti-hero and a spin-off from Shazam! (2019). It is the eleventh film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows; Orphan; House of Wax) from a screenplay written by Adam Sztykiel (Scoob!; Rampage), based on the comic books by C.C. Beck and Otto Binder. Produced by Beau Flynn and Hiram Garcia.
The movie stars Dwayne Johnson as Teth-Adam/Black Adam alongside Noah Centineo, Aldis Hodge, Sarah Shahi, Quintessa Swindell and Pierce Brosnan.
Dwayne Johnson recently took to Instagram to confirm that reshoots – a standard practice for big-budget effects-heavy movies – were underway.
Black Adam: “Five thousand years ago, Kahndaq was a melting pot of cultures, wealth, power and magic. But most of us had nothing, except for the chains around our necks. Kahndaq needed a hero… instead, they got me. I did what needed to be done, and they imprisoned me for it. Now, five thousand years later, I am free. And I give you my word: no one will ever stop me again.”
Black Adam will be released in the United States on October 21, 2022.
“At 125 minutes in length, the endeavor runs out of steam long before it concludes, finding the screenwriters sticking to a superhero cinema template to goose heroic actions, but Teth-Adam is a difficult character to sell on the big screen. He’s cold and unremarkable, and while the production bends over backwards to sell him as a good guy in the making, his antihero ways are more interesting.” 2.5/5, Blu-ray.com
“Despite some promising moments and Dwayne Johnson’s scene-stealing turn in the title role, Black Adam ends up more as an uneven effort. Likewise, don’t leave your seats once the end credits start rolling. Stick around for a mid-credit teaser that is likely to get you excited about the otherwise shaky future prospects of DCEU” 2.5/5, Casey’s Movie Mania
“One of the biggest failings of Black Adam is that none of these villains is particularly memorable. The “chief villain” battle at the end looks more like a video game than a cinematic experience. The best superhero movies have villains who make the type of scene-stealing impact that audiences talk about for years. Black Adam comes up very short on every level when it comes to unforgettable villainous characters.” Culture Mix
“It has its moments. Lorne Balfe’s score for example, and the supporting performances of Aldis Hodge and Pierce Brosnan. There is nothing here that elevates it above what has come before. Like the video game style fight scenes or the JSA operating out of a mansion that has a jet hiding under the gardens that feels very X-Men circa 2000.” 3/5, Flick Feast
“Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam is a flawed, at times messy, but also engaging film that comic book fans want from the anti-hero. In a way, the movie shows that it doesn’t need Superman to succeed, even though it does. cue wink 7/10, Geek Culture
“Droll, witty, and proportioned like the proverbial outdoor brick-built convenience, Johnson is well placed to realise the superhero movie’s potential as surrealist action comedy. It’s a shame that all these other DC-ensemble heroes crowding into the action are frankly not really in his class, although Viola Davis’s brief cameo as Task Force X chief Amanda Waller brings the menace.” 3/5, The Guardian
“Black Adam isn’t necessarily the smartest superhero movie, nor is it the most entertaining. However, it’s still a fairly compelling introduction to one of the more intriguing characters to emerge from the DCEU […] Its action-packed nature can be exhausting, and certain characters beg for more attention, but as an origin story for Teth-Adam, it succeeds in upending what viewers might’ve expected from Johnson’s live-action superhero debut.” Screen Rant
“Johnson and the big, violent action set pieces make this a passable superhero outing. Most things that surround those two elements play as generic and forgettable, but it feels more like a set-up film than anything else. Black Adam isn’t wholly triumphant on its own, but it does offer an electrifying glimpse into an anti-hero with real promise for a long and thrilling future.” Showbiz Cheat Sheet
” …quickly devolves into the usual superhero-movie showcase of energy beams fired willy-nilly between the good and bad guys. This climax also suffers from repetitious depictions of Adam’s brutality and a last-minute attempt to ascribe some kind of emotional hook to a film that otherwise never hinted at one. Still, Black Adam’s willingness to confront the assumed moral grounding of superhero movies without shying away from their implications […] makes this film an unlikely bedrock for yet another DCEU makeover.” Slant
“Black Adam is one of the most visually confounding of the major-studio superhero sagas, between CG that’s assaultively unappealing and rapid-fire editing that sucks the exhilaration right out of every fight scene. (And there are so, so many fight scenes.) The premise of a superhero whose idea of conflict is to throw his opponents as far as he can offers some subversive chuckles the first two or three times, but it gets old quickly, as does pretty much everything Black Adam tosses at its audience.” The Wrap
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