“Black Adam” makes me want to knock myself out


Photo credited to Warner Brothers

As of recently, more and more A-list celebrities are joining the superhero scene. I, among a vast majority, know that those celebrities joining isn’t a good idea.

“Black Adam,” released on Oct. 21,  follows a Middle Eastern god (Dwayne Johnson) who reemerges from a desert tomb and proceeds to wreak havoc on society. This story is more on the dark side, and follows the overpowered and villainous Black Adam until he eventually becomes the opposite.

To clarify, I have never been a diehard DC Universe fan, so there are aspects that I’m not 100% sure about when it comes to the history of each character. However, after doing a little research, I found out that Black Adam is the arch-nemesis of Shazam, which explains why he has such a dark origin story and a similar outfit. When I first watched the trailer, I was skeptical on how Johnson would do. 

However, I realized that Johnson playing a superhero was the least of my worries because my main issue with the movie was how predictable it was. I loved the idea of a villain protagonist; one that reigned destruction and was extremely powerful. And though I knew exactly how it would end, with bad guy turns good guy, a small sliver of me hoped he wouldn’t change. I think the main issue with superhero movies is the predictable plot of the good guys always winning, which shouldn’t be the case. Obviously, there isn’t exactly another way to continue on with Black Adam’s legacy unless you were to change him. But with that change came a form of unfulfillment. 

Another key issue for me was how cringey the movie was. As mentioned before, I’ve never been a huge DC Universe fan, and though they are perfect when it comes to action-packed films, they are terrible when it comes to overdramatized movements and higher-power speeches. Everytime a conversation ensued, it felt like I was watching Captain America on his moral high horse. Especially when the Justice Society first met Black Adam, where they spoke in tongues and made cliché hand gestures, like putting their hands into fists when talking about justice. 

To add onto this nonsense, the fact that Black Adam just has to say one word to destroy himself is ridiculous. 

Moral of the story: watch Black Adam if you like cheesy plots and unfulfilling storylines.