Black Adam review: “Dwayne Johnson’s live-action DC bow is fast, fierce, and fuzzy”

At key points in Dwayne Johnson’s live-action DC debut, Black Adam, the Justice League posters in a kid’s bedroom take a beating. Superman is lightning-scorched. The Flash slashed in two. Ka-pow! Goodbye, Batman. It’s almost as if Black Adam is trying to make a point… 

That’s indeed the case in director Jaume Collet-Serra’s emphatically unrestrained superhero movie, which disrupts DC Films’ decor with all the finesse its title character brings to crashing through walls. While Collet-Serra attempts a brash, no-nonsense bid to rebirth the DCEU, his methods have mixed results: sometimes satisfyingly maximalist, sometimes merely messy. 

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