Much has been made about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s first turn as a villain in DC’s latest Black Adam, but is he really a villain? That’s the big question at the center of the movie, which introduces DC film fans to the country of Kahndaq and its titular legendary champion. Kahndaq is a fictional Middle Eastern country that’s rich in a powerful, magical mineral called Eternium, meaning it has since been taken over by a foreign military so they can mine all the Eternium they can. The people of Kahndaq take comfort in an ancient story of when a slave rose up against a tyrannical king and was given magical powers that turned him into the country’s ultimate champion, known then as Teth Adam. Teth Adam (renamed later in the movie as Black Adam) is awakened early on and immediately starts killing people, and the debate begins: Is he actually Kahndaq’s champion, or is he a terrifying force of nature that needs to be destroyed?
Naturally, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) thinks the latter. She sends several members of the Justice Society of America—Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Dr. Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo) and Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell) to take care of this new threat, but even these formidable heroes are unprepared for just how powerful and morality-free Black Adam is. Hawkman in particular is convinced that Adam can’t possibly be anyone’s hero, despite the people of Kahndaq seeing him as the champion in their legend. It’s a question whose answer remains complicated at the end of the movie, but GameSpot had a chance to sit down with the cast to see what their takes are.
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Author: Lauren Piester