The latest installment of BADpi’s Pitch Meeting series focuses on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s DC Extended Universe debut, Black Adam.
The last episode of screen frenzy‘s Pitch Meeting series focuses on Black Adam. After nearly 15 years of Dwayne Johnson trying to get the movie made, Black Adam finally debuted in theaters last weekend, making The Rock its biggest opening ever. Leading up to its release, Johnson constantly teased that: Black Adam would change the hierarchy of power in the DC universe. Except for the eponymous antihero, Black Adam also introduces the Justice Society of America, including Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, and Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate.
Next Black AdamWith its world premiere earlier this month, initial reactions to the DCEU film began to surface on social media, largely praising Johnson’s electric performance in the lead role. However, when critics started sharing their full reviews, reactions started to turn negative, with many criticizing the film’s poor writing, including its uneven plot, underdeveloped characters, and uninspired dialogue. Black AdamThe Rotten Tomatoes score is firmly in the 40 percent range, the DCEU’s worst since 2017 Justice League. Audience response was a very different story, at an impressive 90%, the highest for a DC movie since Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.
Now, fresh off the movie’s grand opening weekend, screen frenzy‘s pitch meeting series focuses on Black Adam. The video depicts a satirical pitch meeting in the Warner Bros. studios. which led to: Black Adam and raises some interesting questions about The Rock’s highly anticipated DC debut along the way. Watch the new Pitch Meeting above.
Is Black Adam a hero in the DCEU?
The Black Adam Pitch Meeting raises a lot of legitimate questions about the DCEU movie being derided by critics but embraced by audiences. For example, what is the purpose of Cyclone and Atom Smasher in the movie? The supporting characters ultimately bring very little to the table. And why does Doctor Fate insist on drastically removing his helmet? But most importantly, the Pitch Meeting begs the question: is Black Adam a hero in the DCEU?
If you take Black Adam at his word, he’s definitely not a hero, as he says so repeatedly in the movie. Digging a little deeper, nothing really disqualifies Black Adam from fitting into the modern superhero archetype. In addition, Black Adam and the JSA are framed in the film as the good guys going up against the clearly evil Sabbac and the criminal organization Intergang. Actually, Black Adam possesses a combination of heroic and villainous qualities, hence the term antihero is more appropriate.
Next: Has the power hierarchy in the DCEU really changed?
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