October 21, 2022
IN FRANCHISES, COMIC VALUES AND COLLECTIONS
WHAT IS BLACK ADAM?
This year, Black Adam released with great anticipation. As the 11th installment in the DC Extended Universe, the movie received poor reviews though general audiences liked it. In part, its box office woes are due to the lack of creative cinematography authentic to the source material.
Though Black Adam is revered among fans, the movie held back on the character’s violence and barbarism. Let’s explain why Black Adam should have been R-Rated.
BLACK ADAM IS AN ANTI-HERO
Marvel and DC have pioneered a new success for R-rated movies even comic book movies. Logan (2017) and Deadpool (2016) have remained true to the source material by targeting a more mature audience that loves gratuitous violence, serious themes and even comedy. In particular, Logan’s dystopian themes fit perfectly with Black Adam. Certainly, the characters all have in common that they are anti-heroes willing to administer justice no matter the means.
Since the 1960s, comics have matured in themes and storytelling. I’m fact, they have belonged to the underground culture which tends to be more revolutionary and rebellious. Gone are the days when young children collected comic strips at one cent. Incredibly, the Deadpool film series has grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide. At the moment, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is Hollywood’s most bankable actor and this failure shows a lack of creative direction.
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BLACK ADAM IS A TYRANT
Particularly, Teth-Adam is known as the ruler of Kandhaq. In the 52 series, he overthrew the government and became its monarch. While he sought to liberate his people, his rule turned into tyranny. In the movie, Doctor Fate foretells Black Adam as his people’s savior. In fact, a prophecy more similar to his Rebirth portrayal. At the same time, the anti-hero is known for his barbarism and violence which the movie did not fully do justice to by removing the R-rated scenes.
Black Adam was The Wizard’s first champion. However, he was imprisoned when he unleashed the Seven Deadly Sins slaughtering millions. In the comics, he is nefarious for committing a genocide in Bialya , a fictional nation, to avenge his wife Isis. Certainly, the genocide is a watershed moment in DC history showing that Black Adam truly deserves serious treatment.