Black Adam Draws Negative Reviews: “Black Adam” may be about to upend the DC Universe’s power structure, but compared to Warner Bros’ previous ten years’ worth of superhero movies, the new release is rated poorly by critics.
If the statistic holds, it would be the lowest for a DC movie since 2017’s “Justice League,” which received a 23% approval rating from major reviewers and was so despised by fans that Warner Bros. eventually ordered a modified version, which will be released in 2021 as “Zack Snyder’s Justice League.”
Chief film critic Peter Debruge acknowledged that “the film’s sole objective is to give Black Adam a properly big introduction on the idea that he’ll be matched against a more deserved enemy sooner or later” in a moderately positive review for Variety.
The majority of people have shown little interest in the origin narrative, however many have praised Johnson’s portrayal as a major plus. The actor takes the lead role in a superhero movie for the first time in Black Adam, a role that his sculpted appearance and commercial supremacy would imply was inevitable.
The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw gave Johnson a marginally positive review, writing that his “huge bulk, planet-sized skull, and subtle flair for deadpan humor all make him a fantastic superhero.”
Critic John Defore noted the actor’s longtime devotion to “Black Adam” in a piece for The Hollywood Reporter, noting that “his passion project fits the character well, setting him up for adventures one hopes would be less predictable than this one.”
Joshua Yehl gave Johnson “high marks” for “making his Black Adam just as steely and menacing as in the comics” in his IGN review. The movie, he claimed, was “filled with underdeveloped characters and an overabundance of repetitious action scenes, to the point where its half-baked discourse on what it means to be a hero is lost in all the commotion.”
“Not even the delight of witnessing Johnson enter into a blockbuster template he appeared destined to dominate can make up for how generic, flavorless and incomprehensible this is,” senior editor and film reviewer David Fear of Rolling Stone stated.
The movie is “anti-entertaining,” according to Alonso Duralde at The Wrap, who also called it “one of the most visually perplexing of the major-studio superhero sagas, between CG that’s assaultively ugly and rapid-fire cutting that saps the excitement right out of every battle sequence.”
When reviewing the movie for Indiewire, David Ehrlich asked, “What happens when Hollywood’s most risk-averse movie star collides with Hollywood’s most risk-averse movie genre?” Ehrlich gave the movie a negative review. His response? Exactly as you would anticipate. merely worse
It “plays like a committee-made product designed to zhoosh up the stale DC Extended Universe with a major star and a load of new heroes to spin off into future movies,” wrote ScreenCrush writer Matt Singer, who gave the movie a “very average” rating. You have a clear path for DC’s cinematic future after two hours of somber table setting, but much less desire to watch it.
Johnson has hinted that “Black Adam’s” titular antihero will soon face more significant conflicts while promoting the movie. Online discussion has also been sparked by leaked videos of the movie’s end credits scene, which give a hint as to who Black Adam might face off against in the future.
REVIEW: No, Dwayne Johnson's #BlackAdam will not change the power hierarchy of the DCEU. It will make you believe, however, that even with a bona fide movie star on deck, this extended cinematic universe is truly a lost cause. https://t.co/sBDwMaW3N1
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) October 18, 2022
Johnson has said that he hopes to serve as a potential “advisor” for DC Films in addition to his lead role. The forthcoming DC film slate has changed under the new direction of CEO David Zaslav at Warner Bros. Discovery.
Zaslav stated that the firm is looking for a leader equivalent to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige to steer the next ten years of the studio’s comic book programming.