DC’s rockin’ new film

Kaleb Martinez, Staff Writer

The power dynamic in the DC universe is about to change with the addition of DC’s newest anti-hero, Black Adam, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The film follows Teth-Adam, later dubbed Black Adam, as he learns what it means to become the defender of his home country of Khandaq. 

The movie opens in ancient times when wizards grant Black Adam powers in order to liberate his people from oppression. For the first half, viewers are under the impression that we are following a young slave boy that we saw lead a revolt at the beginning of the movie. But as the trailers revealed, it is not the young boy we follow, but his father, who was gifted his powers by his son shortly before his death.

The movie starts with a vengeful father, freed from his centuries of imprisonment who finds his land reconquered by invaders. As news spreads of his awakening, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), last seen dealing with villains in James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” (2021), sent a never before seen team of superheroes to stop Black Adam. This team, called the Justice Society, consists of Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo) and Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell), who at first used physical force to stop Black Adam but later realized that they must guide him into being a hero. 

Ultimately, the cornerstone of Black Adam’s path to heroism is the son of the woman who freed him of his imprisonment. This young man named Amon Tomaz (Bodhi Sabongui) encourages Black Adam throughout the movie that Adam is the protector that Khadaq needs. The young man is a bit of a revolutionary, and despite his young age, wants to help fight his country’s oppressors. In this sense, he mirrors Black Adam’s son, which is why he dramatically impacts Black Adam throughout the movie. Ultimately, this movie is about a grieving father who is challenged with letting go of his anger and his lust for revenge to become the hero that his son wanted for their people. 

Then comes the movie’s end with an end credits scene that has major implications for the future of DC films. The end credits debut the return of Henry Cavill in his role of Superman and imply his return for future DC projects. This is a major win for the DC studios after the major drama with much of the “Justice League” cast. The future of Aquaman has now changed following the removal of Amber Heard from the cast after the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard court case. Ezra Miller, who plays the Flash, has been in the news frequently lately for running from the law (pun intended) and forcing DC to call his future film into question. Finally, Ben Affleck separated himself from DC after his removal from a Batman film project that eventually became Robert Pattinson’s Batman film. The future of DC seemed grim but the return of Henry Cavill as Superman (probably due to the Rock’s intervention) and the positive fan reviews of this film may indicate that DC is moving in a good direction.

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