The highly anticipated superhero film Black Adam recently had its world premiere and the first reactions to the film were shared online. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, Black Adam stars Dwayne Johnson as the titular antihero who is originally superhero Shazam’s nemesis.
Critics and journalists who saw the film had a mixed reaction. While the storyline and Johnson’s screen presence were appreciated, the script and tone raised concerns. Some people also highlighted the film’s post-credits scene, revealing that it received huge reactions from the crowd. The film also introduces the Justice Society of America, which includes Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, and Aldis Hodge as Hawkman.
“Saw #BlackAdam. @TheRock is fantastic as Black Adam. He’s spent 10 years preparing for this role and he literally kills everyone and everyone his own way, and I loved that he didn’t back down from who Black Adam is. I walked out of the theater and immediately wanted to see the sequel,” wrote Collider’s Steve Weintraub.
Fandango’s Erik Davis commented, “DC’s #BlackAdam ROCKS! Tons of action, characters you’re instantly invested in, and a great pace. Dwayne Johnson strikes a great balance between being menacing and badass but also being empathetic. I particularly enjoyed Aldis Hodge’s Hawkman and Pierce Brosnan’s Doctor Fate. More JSA movies please!”
ComicBook.com’s Brandon Davis wrote, “Pierce Brosnan kills it as Doctor Fate. He steals scenes. Charismatic as ever. Aldis Hodges Hawkman leaves a lot of meat on the bone to allow future stories to delve deeper. His action scenes are terrific. #BlackAdam takes action, lands some humor and it’s bad.”
“#BlackAdam struggles to get a foothold initially, but once the Justice Society steps in, it’s more fun to watch. Dwayne Johnson’s antihero brings an intriguing new dynamic to the DCEU. Solid visual effects. Weak villain. The post-credits scene got the biggest reaction of all,” commented NextBestPicture’s Matt Neglia.
iO9’s Germain Lussier wrote: “#BlackAdam is a worthy new piece of the DC puzzle, but not the savior it promised. A surprisingly condensed timeline keeps the action gripping and driving, but also turns its many (many) themes, plots, and characters into quirky window dressing. It’s messy in an observable way.”
Black Adam was a long time in the making. Johnson was attached to the character for over a decade and officially announced his casting in 2014. He was supposed to be a villain in the Shazam! film, but it was later decided that it should be featured in a standalone film.
The DC Extended Universe has been in constant flux since its inception. The recent merger of Warner Bros and Discovery ushered in a new 10-year plan for the franchise, which Black Adam played a key role in recalibrating. The film will be released in India one day ahead of the US on October 20th.