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Black Adam: Rock New Superhero Movie Review

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Black Adam” isn’t bad, it’s just predictable and color-by-numbers, stealing from other films like an intellectual property super-villain.

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But Johnson is a natural in the title role, mixing might with humor and able to deliver those necessary wooden lines.

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Why he hasn’t had a starring role in a DC or Marvel superhero flick until now is astonishing — c’mon,

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he’s built himself into a freaking superhero in street clothes already.

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Like Marvel’s “Eternals,” “Black Adam” gets out of the blocks very sluggishly with the tangled tale of our setting — Kahndaq

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a fictional Middle Eastern kingdom in 2,600 B.C. that has wizards, a blood-thirsty king, a magical crown and Eternium

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a rare metallic ore with energy-manipulating properties (Hello, Vibranium from “Black Panther”).

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Flash-forward to present day, where Kahndaq is under the cruel rule of the organized crime syndicate Intergang and its citizens are ripe to rebel

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They think they may have a leader in Black Adam (here Teth Adam, when he is introduced), who is released from his 5,000-year-long tomb and is naturally cranky.

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Is he a force for good or bad? (Or for a new sub-franchise?) The answer is yes to all.

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Yet the other superheroes in the DC pantheon aren’t sure about the new guy

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what can only be described as the Plan B of muscle from leftover members of a knock-off organization called the Justice Society of America.

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There’s Doctor Fate (a dollar-store Doctor Strange played by Pierce Brosnan, who somehow keeps his dignity)

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tom Smasher (Noah Centineo, nicely playing a dweeby and always hungry giant),

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Aldis Hodge as a one-note Hawkman and Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, who can control — checks notes — the wind

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They apparently left at home the superhero with the ability to open jars. Black AdamBlack Adam is more than a match for all of them combined.

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He can fly, move as fast as The Flash, catch rockets, deflect bullets and harness his own bluish electricity.: Rock New Superhero Movie Review