Running from October 18th Black Adam in Dutch cinemas. A superhero film that Dwayne Johnson worked on for over fifteen years. Does that also make for a good DC movie? The first reactions from reviewers are pouring in.
Dwayne Johnson, you can’t ignore him.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
The cheerful actor sometimes seems to dominate half of the cinema agenda, partly because he seems to continuously play the same role.
As Twitter has also pointed out:
There are two rock genres. Dwayne Johnson in the Jungle and Dwayne Johnson in a destroyed city.
— Bat Lippiello (@LimeTH) February 27, 2018
Highest earning actor
Fortunately, it often makes for extremely entertaining films. Pure popcorn material: no high-flyers who have a chance at the Oscars, but who consistently manage to put a smile on your face. And that’s exactly the best way to make money in Hollywood.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is the world’s highest paid actor for a reason. According to Forbes, the 50-year-old actor earns about $270 million a year. His total estimated wealth is even creeping towards 1 billion.
In the meantime, the actor is busy reinventing himself. He is coming to dominate another film genre on October 18: superhero films. Yes, it’s hard to imagine, but the biggest genre of the last ten years has a big The Rock-shaped hole.
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DC presents Black Adam
Soon that will change with Black Adam. A superhero movie starring Dwayne Johnson as the supervillain. DC has been working on the film for over ten years. Black Adam was actually supposed to be the great villain of Shazam! was going to be, but eventually the studio decided to give him its own spin-off.
The Rock plays a thousands of years old man who once got his magical powers from the wizard Shazam. Unfortunately, Adam chose not to use those powers as a superhero, but for evil purposes. He was imprisoned. Now, thousands of years later, he is finally released, with all the consequences that entails.
Adam is not exactly satisfied with the modern world he finds. Or, as the superhero movie’s tagline sums it up aptly: “The world needed a hero. It got Black Adam.” He will have to be stopped by the Justice Society, a superhero team from DC, which includes Pierce Brosnan as superhero Doctor Fate.
First reactions from reviewers
Anyway, Dwayne Johnson says he has been working on getting the film made for fifteen years, and that has now been achieved. The film will be released in Dutch cinemas on October 18. The trailers promise a lot, but is Black Adam actually a good movie?
Sort of, if we are to believe the initial reactions. Full reviews have not yet surfaced online, but critics have already seen the DC film and shared their initial reactions on Twitter in recent days.
They are positive, but anything but unanimously positive. Free mixed. Reviewers praise the spectacular action and DClore in the blockbuster, but also point out that the writing and the pace of the film are quite mediocre.
Born for the role
They all agree that Dwayne Johnson was born to play Black Adam. The actor is Adam. Now that is true for most of the roles he plays, but this time he embraces his character in a way that works out very convincingly. At least, if we are to believe the first reactions.
We have listed them for you below. Starting tomorrow night, reviewers will also be able to post their full reviews, so keep an eye on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes for more definitive conclusions and average scores from then on.
#BlackAdam is a solid crowd pleaser. Lots of spectacle and humor while also actually embracing the DCEU and setting up something very exciting for its future. It doesn’t pull many surprises and feels very familiar at times, but it’s definitely enjoyable popcorn entertainment. pic.twitter.com/grh2W3BMvM
— Gregg Katzman (@Gregg Katzman) October 13, 2022
— Ash Crossan (@AshCrossan) October 13, 2022
#BlackAdam is a role @TheRock just thrives in. He’s the ultimate bad-ass as Teth-Adam and the thought of him crossing over with other heroes and villains after this one is awesome. pic.twitter.com/lfaEBPyhG2
— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) October 13, 2022
#BlackAdam is a worthy new piece of the DC puzzle, but not the savior it promised.
A surprising compressed timeline keeps the action exciting & pace propulsive, but also turns its many (many) themes, plots, & characters into fancy window dressing. It’s messy in a watchable way. pic.twitter.com/uwZUb2hbiM
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) October 13, 2022
Had to go through metal detectors for the Black Adam NY screening. Pity it’s bad – no emotional depth, zero sense of peril for the main character and dull CGI battles. #BlackAdam pic.twitter.com/gUjxHy1oUO
— Sean Keane (@SpectacularSean) October 13, 2022
#BlackAdam struggles to find its footing at first but once the Justice Society enters it becomes more fun to watch. Dwayne Johnson’s anti-hero presents an intriguing new dynamic to the DCEU. Solid visual effects. Weak villain. Post-credits scene got the biggest reaction of all. pic.twitter.com/qbVmWkYLjv
— Matt Neglia (@NextBestPicture) October 13, 2022
We can tweet about #BlackAdam
I didn’t like it. The script is ridiculous. The JSA members don’t get much development at all. The humor isn’t just bad, it’s CRINGE. I liked Rock a lot, and want him in a much better movie. Last 30 minutes are a CGI assault. Wasn’t for me… pic.twitter.com/n9qSQTWhsI
— Sean O’Connell (@Sean_OConnell) October 13, 2022
#BlackAdam: Kinda loved Jaume Collet-Serra directing this goofy banger of a superhero movie. The Rock is exactly what you expect, but I’ve been waiting for a killer big screen version of the JSA and this didn’t disappoint. A classic comic book team up come to life. pic.twitter.com/zb0ycJD7wm
— Jeff Zhang 张佶润 (@strangeharbors) October 13, 2022
I’ve seen #BlackAdam and can now talk about it! It’s a wild ride that has more humor than you might think though @TheRock doesn’t shy away from murdering anyone in his way. Seeing the JSA on screen was also amazing; looking forward to spin-off movies there! pic.twitter.com/7irzFpaMH8
— Vanessa Armstrong (@vfarmstrong) October 13, 2022
Black Adam is everything that I hoped it would be and more. A Snyder-esque antihero spectacle that delivers big action and impressive set pieces. Dwayne Johnson transforms into Black Adam, a role that he was born to play. Centineo & Swindell are so damn fun to watch. #BlackAdam pic.twitter.com/V1tY0liyph
— Scott Menzel (@ScottDMenzel) October 13, 2022
I have seen #BlackAdam! This was one of my most anticipated films of the year, and it did not disappoint. The action sequences were incredible, especially the ones with the JSA. The Rock crushes it as Black Adam. The film’s end left me with high hopes for the future of the DCEU. pic.twitter.com/vd0Zy35lWT
— Dorian Parks (@DorianParksnRec) October 13, 2022
have seen #BlackAdam. @TheRock is fantastic as Black Adam. He spent 10 years getting ready for this role and he literally kills anyone and everyone in his way and I loved that he didn’t pull back on who Black Adam is. Left the theater wanting to see the sequel immediately. pic.twitter.com/oLQc9lg7KR
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) October 13, 2022
.@TheRock is terrific in #BlackAdam, which includes a hearty amount of real world touchstones (most affecting is it reinforces the need for heroes in bleak times). Director Juame Collet-Serra lays out building blocks for a larger, grand universe. Action is lively & BIG in scale. pic.twitter.com/pDBkSHRDrI
— My Scary Name *is* Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) October 13, 2022
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