Black Adam Review: antihero addition to the D.C. comics


Nealy Harding

Editor in Chief, Ashlynn Harding poses in front of the Black Adam sign at the Paragon movie theater in Spotsylvania.

Ashlynn Harding, Editor in Chief

   The man, the myth, the legend; Teth Adam was played by Dwayne “The Rock ” Johnson in the new movie Black Adam, which was released on Oct 21. 

   Black Adam’s plot was about revenge and rising up for what is right. The movie starts with archaeologists secretly searching for an ancient mountain, looking for the lost crown of Sabboc. Sabboc is the champion of the underworld and Black Adam’s greatest obstacle. Before Black Adam became the man he is known to be, he was once Teth Adam.

    Black Adam is a legend about a rebellious kid who stood up for his people and quaired them hope during tough times in ancient Kahndaq. Prior to the wizards choosing Teth as their champion, he died as a young boy after standing up to the king and his guards. 

   After his death, the wizards use the same transition from the movie SHAZAM to transform Teth into a superhero. The legend states that after being awarded these powers, Teth went to the king to stop him from raising the dead and was put to sleep in a tomb for 5,000 years. As the movie goes on, viewers soon see a shift in emotion from when Teth hears all the rumors and legends about his life. He repeatedly says “I am no hero,” and during the movie this quote proves that all the legends were wrong. 

   Since Teth was asleep for millennia, he isn’t up to date on the world around him. He makes friends with Adrianna (played by Sarah Shahi) and her son, Amon (played by Bodhi Sabongui) who guides him into becoming more of a heroic figure rather than the bad guy he believes he is. 

   For years, I have been a huge Rock fan, but I was highly disappointed with this movie. Some interviews said that the Rock has been preparing for this role for almost 10 years and were shocked by this incredible performance. I know that he took on a more serious role in the D.C. movie, but I was not impressed. The few speaking lines he did get were simple and short. 

   On one hand, I thought the movie was a reversion of multiple superhero movies combined. The flow was choppy even though the movie was dragged out, and I wanted more major scenes with the Rock instead of the Justice Society. On the other hand, I loved what the theme of the movie stood for; growth from evil to a heroic figure. 

   Overall, I would rate this movie a 4 out of 10, only because it was more focused on the other storylines with the superheroes in the movie like Hawkman, Doctor Fate, Cyclone, and Atom Smasher. Even though I didn’t love the new movie, I am beyond excited to see what The Rock does next in his professional career. I have good reason to believe that there will be a new movie release featuring a brawl with Blak Adam and Superman about how opponents can coexist on planets.  If you’re a diehard fan of D.C. movies, watching Black Adam will clear up superstitions and add new plot lines.