While fans were excited about Black Adam for a very long time, the movie’s star, Dwayne Johnson, was anticipating it much more. The actor was cast as the anti-hero in 2014, but it was known that he was expressing interest in playing the character way back in 2007.
Black Adam Is Out in Cinemas
The Rock’s rigorous training for Black Adam began in 2020, and now that the movie is out, critics and audiences have had their chance to say what they think about it. While the movie is supposed to be the next chapter of DC Movies, the critics did not have too many positive things to say about it.
They screened the movie before its October 21 release and weren’t too pleased with it. Eric Eisenberg of CinemaBlend rated it 2.5 stars out of five, stating that it struggled to stand out in the crowded superhero genre and called it underwhelming with some interesting ideas. Other critics were not much kinder, and Matt Singer of ScreenCrush wondered why a charming actor like Dwayne Johnson would feel so passionate bout playing a one-dimensional character like Black Adam. He rated the movie four out of 10, saying it wasn’t worth the wait.
Fans Seem to Like Black Adam
While the critics apparently didn’t like Black Adam very much, the situation is different when it comes to the fans coming out of the theaters. Audiences that polled the film in CinemaScore gave it an average grade of B+ on an A+ to F scale, and it made $7.6 million from previews, making it the highest solo outing of Johnson’s career. It even bested Shazam!‘s $5.9 million during previews. On its first day, the movie made $25 million, and it seems the expectations at the box office could be met by Black Adam.
The show follows the Rock as Black Adam, who is freed after thousands of years of imprisonment. An organization of superheroes called the Justice Society is called in to try and neutralize him. Accompanying Dwayne Johnson in the movie are stars like Pierce Brosnan, Aldis Hodge, Quintessa Swindell, and Noah Centineo, who play the members of the Justice Society. The movie was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who has a strong background in the horror and action/adventure genres.