Screen Junkies takes aim at Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s DCU film, Black Adam, with its Honest Trailer that mercilessly takes down the film’s script.
Nearly two months after hitting theaters, Black Adam finally gets an Honest Trailer, which mercilessly takes down the DCU film’s script. Following the murder of his son by the agents of the tyrannical Ancient Egyptian ruler Ahk-Ton, Teth-Adam (Dwayne Johnson) uses his new powers to take retribution on Ahk-Ton and his people, before focusing on the Council of Wizards. Adam is subsequently locked up for centuries until he is inadvertently released in the present day by archeologist, Adrianna Tomaz (Sarah Shahi). Confused and still harboring hate, Adam goes on a rampage against Intergang, a violent oppressive mercenary organization, forcing the Justice Society to step in and quell his wrath.
Screen Junkies‘ latest Honest Trailer takes aim at Black Adam and highlights many of the DCU film’s perceived flaws. Focusing on its screenplay’s shallow plot, the video highlights the film’s poor dialogue, razor-thin characters, and lack of subtext. Check out the brutal Honest Trailer below:
Black Adam Criticisms Explained
With expectations high, Black Adam landed in theaters in October, but was met with harsh reception from critics. The film has since garnered a paltry 39% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Much of the film’s criticism was aimed at Black Adam‘s focus on action and spectacle. Following Adam’s release from his eternal prison, the anti-hero sets off on a rampage that barely slows down until the end-credits. As a result, there is little room for proper character development, forcing much of the dialogue to be purely expository.
The Justice Society suffers because of the action-centric story. With many of the heroes fighting or pursuing Adam, the film does not have much time to develop their characters as well as their relationships with one another. Regardless, audiences generally approved of Black Adam, praising Johnson for his portrayal of the violent hero. Despite the film’s low critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, its Audience score reached 89%, the second highest out of any DCU film. Unfortunately, many viewers still found fault with the movie’s dialogue, calling it “cringey” and outright “atrocious.”
Will Black Adam Return for a Sequel?
Following James Gunn and Peter Safran’s hiring as DC Films heads in October, the studio has undergone many changes with many upcoming projects outright canceled. Due to Black Adam‘s less-than-stellar box office performance, chances are that a sequel will not go into development. This will surely devastate fans as Superman’s (Henry Cavill) appearance during an end-credits scene has done nothing but hype a potential high-flying match-up between the two caped super beings. With the DCU film set to hit HBO Max on December 16 and release on home media in January, perhaps the film’s profit will grow allowing Warners to give Johnson another turn as Black Adam.
Source: Screen Junkies