Monday, June 17, 2024

Dwayne The Rock Johnson as DC’s Newest $200 Mil Superhero, “Black Adam,” Must Overcome Scathing Reviews– Can He Do It?


Over the years, Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, has overcome many battles and won at the box office. Never discount his popularity.

But now Johnson faces maybe his biggest struggle. He’s got to pulverize scathing reviews. And they are bad.

“Black Adam” — which cost $200 million — stands at 55% on Rotten Tomatoes today. It’s considered ‘rotten,’ which is no surprise. “Black Adam” has long been the subject of gossip in the movie world. Its late October release is no help, either: “Black Adam” is going into the dumping ground.

For Warner’s and DC Comics it doesn’t seem like “Black Adam” will be a high note– even with a cameo from the DC Universe’s most famous character. (Is it a spoiler? Will it help unless they just say who it is? We’ll see.) If “Black Adam” is this bad why didn’t the studio just 86 it as as they did “Batgirl”? Could the latter movie have been worse? Ouch!

I guess the bellwether will be when “Black Adam” plays previews tomorrow night. But they’re not a lot out there, so it’s possible things will go better than we think.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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