Black Adam is Warner Bros.’ most brutal superhero letdown yet

A tight shot of a bald man in a black superhero suit with lightning crawling up his left arm to shoot out of his right, which is reaching beyond the camera’s view.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Black Adam. | Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

Black Adam, Warner Bros.’ latest superhero movie based on DC’s comic books, has been in the works ever since the studio first came around on the genuinely inspired idea of casting Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a terrifying Superman analogue best known for beefing with children. In Black Adam, you can plainly see how much hope and faith Warner Bros. has placed in the idea that a darker, more brutal antiheroic figure might be just what its beleaguered cinematic universe of cape films needs to pull itself out of what seems like a death spiral. What’s harder to see, though, is how anyone at Warner Bros. looked at the completed Black Adam and didn’t immediately recognize it as yet another sign of what a messy place the DCEU’s become.

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Author: Charles Pulliam-Moore