Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam may have been unceremoniously dropped by DC Studios, but it has found a new leash of life on Netflix.
Black Adam has taken Netflix by storm, claiming the eighth spot on the streaming giant’s top ten list of films in the United States. Released on October 21st, 2022, the film garnered attention for Johnson’s Teth-Adam, aka Black Adam.
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and written by Adam Sztykiel, along with the duo Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani, Black Adam is a spin-off of the 2019 hit Shazam! and the 11th instalment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).
The film unfolds as archaeologists inadvertently unleash Black Adam after he spent nearly 5000 years imprisoned with the divine power of the Egyptian Gods. Johnson leads the cast, featuring Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, Sarah Shahi, Marwan Kenzari, Quintessa Swindell, and Pierce Brosnan in supporting roles.
The plot revolves around Black Adam’s quest for justice as he seeks to free the nation of Kahndaq from the clutches of the crime syndicate Intergang. The organisation’s local leader plans to obtain the ancient relic known as the Crown of Sabbac to gain control over Kahndaq.
Despite grossing $393million worldwide, Black Adam faced harsh criticism from reviewers. The film holds a 38 per cent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, audiences seemed more forgiving.
In a surprising turn of events, Dwayne Johnson revealed on Kevin Hart’s Hart to Hart talk show that plans for a sequel have been dashed due to changes in leadership at DC Studios. Johnson said, “Black Adam got caught in a vortex of new leadership. It was so many changes in leadership. Anytime you have a company, a publicly traded company, and you have all those changes in leadership, you have people coming in who, creatively and fiscally, are going to make decisions that you may not agree with.”
You can watch Black Adam on Netflix and catch the trailer here: