A nearly five thousand years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the Egyptian gods-and imprisoned just as quickly-Black Adam (Dwayne Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world (IMDB).

I didn’t realize this film was based on a DC Comic character until I was on my way to the screening. My hart fell a bit because for some reason all the DC Comic character films fall short of the mark for me because they are long-winded, ridiculous, and not well written. Case in point here is in the first meeting of Black Adam and the Justice Society. Hawkman (Aldis Hodge) tells Black Adam that he must kneel before they take him to prison. Why is that necessary? Why such the machismo? Does he really think someone would submit to such condescension? This is a poignant example of these films and I cannot help but compare them to the Marvel Comic movies which are written better.

Don’t get me wrong, the role of Black Adam is perfect for Johnson as well as Pierce Brosnan as Dr. Fate who are great choices for these roles. However, Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo) and Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell) didn’t really add anything at all and would not have been missed. 

If you are looking for visual and ridiculous fodder in a film then this is the one for you. I am sure it will make millions which unfortunately means we will get more into the future. I just wish the writers would take a que from the Marvel Comic films and improve them a bit.

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