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‘Black Adam’Review | An Adrenaline Fuled DC Adventure

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I’m in SHOCK & AWE!! Black Adam is a spectacular display of Force with Electrifying visuals, action, and a powerful score from Lorne Balfe. The Rock was born to play this role as he builds The new era of the DCEU!! From New Line Cinema, Dwayne Johnson stars in the action-adventure “Black Adam.” The first-ever feature film to explore the story of the DC Super Hero comes to the big screen under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra.

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In ancient Kahndaq, Teth Adam was bestowed the almighty powers of the gods. After using these powers for vengeance, he was imprisoned, becoming Black Adam. Nearly 5,000 years have passed and Black Adam has gone from man to myth, to legend. Now released, his unique form of justice, born out of rage, is challenged by modern-day heroes who form the Justice Society: Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Atom Smasher and Cyclone.

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“Black Adam” single-handedly changes the course going forward as the hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change. under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra “Black Adam” features an electrifying and powerful performance from Dwayne Johnson as the all-powerful “Man in Black”, the relatively unknown villain of Shazam brings his origin story front and centre as after being in the works for fifteen years Johnson and his team at Seven Bucks/Flynn Co have created one of the best DC superhero movies to date.

The film explores themes of what it means to be heroic or villainous, with shades of grey in between. Teth-Adam is a champion who challenged a tyrant king thousands of years earlier and the Man in Black becomes a fighting force with an appetite for destruction, he is awoken by freedom fighter Adrianna (Sarah Shahi). Still, his reemergence from a desert tomb proves to be both a miracle and a curse for the people who prayed for a saviour to defend them against Intergang, mercenary thugs who’ve been occupying Kahndaq at military levels without any intervention from the outside. Throughout the film we see Teth-Adam’s evolution, transforming the character towards being the hero Kahndaq needs. 

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As much as the movie is an origin story for our titular anti-hero “Black Adam”, it is also an origin story and first appearance in the DC Extended Universe for the Justice Society. Following his reemergence Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) has Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Dr. Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell), and Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo) flying from Carter Hall aka Hawkman’s ornate estate as they board their jet and head to kahndaq to stop Teth-Adam before its too late and take him into custody.

Carter Hall/Hawkman is the leader of the Justice Society and can fly with the use of his Nth metal wings and weapons. he sees the world in black and white, regarding who is good vs evil. Aldis Hodge is such a powerful performer.

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Perhaps my favourite member and overall DC character is kent Nelson, the original Dr. Fate, he’s easily one of the most powerful heroes in the DC Universe and Pierce Brosnan portrays Nelson’s big-screen debut with gravitas and suave. The most experienced and senior member of the Justice Society, Nelson is the son of an archaeologist, with whom he discovered the tomb of Nabu the Wise, he wields the Helmet of Fate which grants its chosen wearer the ability to see into the future and enhance their magical abilities. However, donning the helmet comes with a price.

The visual effects on Dr. Fate truly enhance his powers making him for me the MVP of the movie.Both Hawkman and Dr. Fate have a somewhat mentor/mentee relationship that is truly the heart and soul of the movie.

The remaining two members of the Justice Society are Cyclone and Atom Smasher. Cyclone aka Maxine Hunkel can generate and control wind and has the ability to create tornadoes. Albert Rothstein aka Atom Smasher has the ability to control his molecules and can grow larger at will. 

Throughout “Black Adam” the audience experience the story through the eyes of archaeologist Adrianna Tomaz and her son Amon Tomaz (Bodhi Sabongui) Adrianna knows the secrets of Ancient Kahndaq and how it all relates to Eternium. Her son takes centre stage showing Teth-Adam the ways of becoming Kahndaq’s hero and his bedroom is full of easter eggs relating to the DC Universe with posters and figures of our favourite Justice League members.

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The runtime boasts intense action sequences as “Black Adam” bushes the violence with a high body count and dark humour and the wire and stunt work is mighty impressive. 

Final Thoughts

Thank you Dwayne for listening to the Fans! and for creating an absolute Blast of a movie that’ll single-handedly change the course going forward as The hierarchy of power in the DC universe is about to change!. “Black Adam” is such a thrill ride, a rollercoaster thats pure adrenaline. Make sure you hang around whilst the credits roll.

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‘Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part Two’ Review | Unleashes The Power of the DC Multiverse

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“Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths—Part Two” continues the epic journey of the DC Multiverse, facing its most severe threat in this gripping trilogy. As the Anti-Monitor unleashes chaos by destroying various Earths, the Monitor assembles many heroes, including Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, to combat the endless swarm of shadow demons threatening existence. The film delves into dark secrets and intricate character dynamics, heightening the stakes and delivering a thrilling narrative.

The Anti-Monitor (the Monitor’s evil counterpart) is released into the DC Multiverse and begins to destroy the different Earths that compose it. The Monitor attempts to recruit heroes from across the Multiverse/Tomorrowverse to fight back. The only thing opposing them is the mightiest team of metahumans ever assembled. But not even the combined power of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and all their fellow superheroes can slow down the onslaught of this invincible horde. What mysterious force is driving them? And how do the long-buried secrets of the Monitor and Supergirl threaten to crush their last defence?

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With ample room to explore the intricate storyline, the film navigates the interconnected web of characters and universes with skilful pacing and engaging storytelling. Building on the foundation laid by the previous instalment, “Part Two” dives straight into the action, immersing viewers in a high-stakes battle for survival. Director Jeff Wamester and the talented cast bring depth and emotion to their respective roles, enhancing the overall impact of the narrative.

While the first part of the trilogy suffered from a fractured narrative and an abundance of characters, “Part Two” manages to streamline the story and focus on the core conflict at hand. Effectively bypassing much of the foundational work established in its predecessor, swiftly immersing viewers in high-octane action. Beginning shortly after the climax of Part One, we witness the aftermath of The Flash’s demise as the surviving heroes, hailing from diverse universes, collaborate to deploy tuning fork towers in a collective effort to phase the Earth and evade the impending cataclysmic energy wave. Nevertheless, introducing previously unseen characters adds a new layer of intrigue to the unfolding narrative. Introducing key players like Psycho Pirate sets the stage for an explosive finale in the upcoming third instalment. 

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One of the strengths of this film is its ability to establish a personal connection with the characters, Part Two particularly focuses more on Psycho Pirate and Supergirl, The exploration of their motivations and backstories adds depth to the overall narrative, making the impending confrontation with the Anti-Monitor even more compelling. The depiction of Psycho Pirate in the film provides valuable insights into his character and abilities. The origin story offers a compelling introduction for viewers unfamiliar with him, albeit with a darker tone. While the film may embellish his background from the comic series, this interpretation adds complexity to the character. Additionally, Meg Donnelly’s depiction of Supergirl embodies a resilient survivor granted a fresh start by the Monitor after escaping her decimated home world of Krypton. One notable aspect of the film adaptation is the attention to detail in establishing and engendering empathy for each character.

The exceptional voice acting displayed throughout the film exemplified unparalleled skill and artistry, with each actor expertly embodying their characters with a genuine and distinctive interpretation. Particularly noteworthy were the performances of Meg Donnelly as Supergirl and Geoffrey Arend as Psycho Pirate, whose ability to infuse emotion into their characters deeply resonated with me, eliciting genuine empathy and connection. We also see Jensen Ackles’ portrayal of Batman showcases a solitary figure navigating various realms where he reluctantly allows others to join his noble mission alongside the Bat family from a different world. Meanwhile, Darren Criss’ interpretation of Superman grapples with establishing his role as the world’s ultimate guardian.

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Several supporting characters exhibit acts of leadership as they assist the Justice League in safeguarding the numerous alternate Earths. Solovar intervenes to rescue a fellow hero and strives to earn his trust despite initial scepticism. Wonder Woman and Robin also demonstrate instances of aiding their teammates throughout the mission. During times of crisis, familiar individuals joining the effort undoubtedly contribute significantly to the overall strategic objectives.

Throughout Part Two, we witness intense conflict, as heroes and villains engage in epic battles amidst the darkness. The tomorrowverse/DCAU animation style seamlessly complements the dynamic action sequences, creating a visually captivating experience. As does Kevin Riepl’s masterful score enhances the emotional depth of these scenes, illustrating the intensity and complexity of the characters’ struggles.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall, “Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Two” sets the stage for an epic conclusion to the trilogy, building anticipation for the showdown between our heroes and their formidable adversary. With its blend of action, emotion, and intricate storytelling, this instalment keeps viewers engaged and eager to see how the epic saga will unfold in the thrilling finale.

“Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths-Part Two” Is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD via Warner Bros.

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Joker: Folie à Deux | Official Teaser – In Theaters October 4, 2024

Sequel to the film “Joker” from 2019.

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Genre:

Crime, Drama, Musical

Release Date:

October 4, 2024

Director:

Todd Phillips

Cast:

Joaquin Phoenix, Lady Gaga

Plot Summary:

Sequel to the film “Joker” from 2019.

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The Penguin | Official Teaser — HBO Max

Following the events of ‘The Batman,’ Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, makes a play to grab the reigns of the crime world in Gotham.

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Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Release Date:

2024

Director:

Craig Zobel

Cast:

Colin Farrell, Cristin Milioti, Rhenzy Feliz

Plot Summary:

Following the events of ‘The Batman,’ Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, makes a play to grab the reigns of the crime world in Gotham.

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