Black Adam Debuts With Poor Rotten Tomatoes Score

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At long last, after more than a decade of waiting, the Black Adam movie is hitting theaters this weekend. It stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the titular anti-hero, representing his live-action debut. So, how is it faring with critics ahead of release? Not so great, it turns out. 


As of this writing, Black Adam holds a 55% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes based on 77 reviews. That makes it the first “rotten” DC movie since Wonder Woman 1984 in late 2020. The film is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who previously collaborated with Johnson on Disney’s Jungle Cruise. Despite the critical divide, it will be more important to see how audiences feel. Movies like Venom have overcome bad reviews to become huge hits. 


Here is the synopsis for Black Adam. 


“In ancient Kahndaq, Teth Adam was bestowed the almighty powers of the gods. After using these powers for vengeance, he was imprisoned, becoming Black Adam. Nearly 5,000 years have passed and Black Adam has gone from man, to myth, to legend. Now released, his unique form of justice, born out of rage, is challenged by modern day heroes who form the Justice Society: Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Atom Smasher and Cyclone.”


Johnson has been working to bring this movie to the screen for a very long time. The wrestler-turned-actor first became attached to the role way back in 2007. At that time, he was supposed to be the villain in Shazam! However, plans changed as Johnson became a much bigger star. Warner Bros. opted to give Black Adam a solo movie. Whether or not he meets Shazam in the future remains to be seen. 


The cast also includes Aldis Hodge (City on a Hill, One Night in Miami) as Hawkman, Noah Centineo (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) as Atom Smasher, Sarah Shahi (Sex/Life, Rush Hour 3), Marwan Kenzari (Murder on the Orient Express, The Mummy), Quintessa Swindell (Voyagers, Trinkets) as Cyclone, Mo Amer (Mo, Ramy), Bodhi Sabongui (A Million Little Things), and Pierce Brosnan (the Mamma Mia! and James Bond franchises) as Dr. Fate


Collet-Serra directed from a screenplay written by Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani. The film’s producers are Beau Flynn, Hiram Garcia, Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, with Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Chris Pan, Walter Hamada, Adam Schlagman, Geoff Johns, Eric McLeod and Scott Sheldon executive producing.


Black Adam hits theaters on October 21. 


What do you think? Are you still planning on seeing the movie? Do you hope this franchise expands? Join in on the conversation over on Facebook or Twitter

Black Adam - Warner Bros.

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