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Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Noah Centineo, Aldis Hodge, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Shahi, Uli Latukefu, Marwan Kenzari, Quintessa Swindell, James Cusati-Moyer, Bodhi Sabongui, Mo Amer
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Superhero fantasy action based on the DC Comics character of the same name directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Black Adam (2022) follows an antihero (Dwayne Johnson), who nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the gods, and imprisoned just as quickly, is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.
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Hurut: [in Kahndaqi] If we had more heroes, then maybe our freedom wouldn’t be a dream!
Amon Tomaz: The council of wizards, the magical guardians of the earth, sought to restore the balance. They empowered him with the gifts of the ancient gods. And turned a boy into a champion.
Amon Tomaz: But legend says, whenever kahndaq needs him most, the champion will return to restore freedom to the people. It has been a long, long wait.
Adrianna Tomaz: You want to be a hero, huh?
Amon Tomaz: I do, yeah.
Adrianna Tomaz: Go home, do your homework. Your time will come one day. But not today, son.
Karim: And all I inherited was a sweater.
Adrianna Tomaz: That’s not true. Baba left you his Van and his bald spot.
Karim: You know, some women like a bald spot. Curly on the outside, smooth on the inside. You know?
Adrianna Tomaz: “Speak not his power, so he may suffer a dreamless sleep for all eternity.” Teth Adam. The slave who became champion and defeated the king. The legend was true. Kahndaq really did have a hero once.
Ishmael: If he was such a hero, why did they Bury him down here?
Commander: Any last words?
Adrianna Tomaz: Please tell my son, “Mightiest of mortals, god of gods, six immortal elders by name.”
Adrianna Tomaz: “Shazam!”
Commander: [after Adam is awakened] Who the hell is that?
Ishmael: You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.
Black Adam: [as the men are shooting at him, in Kahndaqi] Your magic is weak.
Adrianna Tomaz: What happened?
Karim: What didn’t happen! Samir fell off of a cliff. I had a gun to my head. Ishmael is buried under a mountain. And you summoned some flying magic man. All for what? Nothing!
Karim: [referring to Black Adam] Did he just catch a rocket?
Karim: What are you doing? Don’t touch him, he’s made of lightning.
Adrianna Tomaz: Good point. You get him, you’re the electrician.
Amanda Waller: What do you think?
Carter Hall: I think this loose Cannon needs to be locked down before innocent people start getting hurt. Oh, and good morning to you too.
Amanda Waller: Shove it up your a**, Carter.
'Life is the only path to death.' - Adrianna Tomaz, 'No s**t.' - Karim (Black Adam) Click To Tweet
Carter Hall: Kent’s been out of action for a little while, but I can’t do this without him. Takes magic to fight magic, and the man’s got nearly god-level powers.
Amanda Waller: It might take a lot more than that. Are you sure they can take him?
Carter Hall: Waller, you find us a cell that can hold him, we’ll take care of the rest.
Amanda Waller: Good luck.
Carter Hall: This is going to be fun.
Al Rothstein: I didn’t bring a passport.
Kent Nelson: We don’t need passports. We’re the Justice Society.
Al Rothstein: You got any snacks? It takes a lot of energy to smash atoms.
Al Rothstein: What do you do?
Maxine Hunkel: Wind. You?
Al Rothstein: I grow.
Maxine Hunkel: Cool.
Amon Tomaz: I’m Amon, by the way.
Black Adam: I didn’t ask for your name.
'A bad plan is better than no plan at all.' - Carter Hall (Black Adam) Click To Tweet
Amon Tomaz: [to Adam] So you can really fly, and stop bullets, because that’s really crucial to my plan. And is it really you stopping the bullets, or is it the suit? Wait, what’s your top speed? I’m sure you’re fast, but how fast? Like Flash fast?
Amon Tomaz: [as Adam looks at himself in the mirror] Wait, did you really not have mirrors back then? Wow, I guess a lot does change in five thousand years.
Amon Tomaz: [to Adam] So you’ve got stopping bullets, check. Flying, check. And lightning thing, that’s a big check.
Adrianna Tomaz: [reading the inscription on the crown] “Life is the only path to death.”
Karim: No s**t.
'Tell them the Man in Black sent you.' - Black Adam Click To Tweet
Amon Tomaz: Kahndaq still isn’t free. We could really use a superhero right about now.
Black Adam: I’m no hero.
Amon Tomaz: What? Superman, Batman, Aquaman. You’re way more stacked than any of them. And they’re not coming to Kahndaq to save us.
Black Adam: Your enemies are vanquished, condemned to the eternal sleep of the damned.
Amon Tomaz: Actually, we still have a lot of enemies that need vanquishing.
Black Adam: Then destroy them.
Amon Tomaz: Intergang have guns, and flybikes, and eternium rockets. We have my mom.
Black Adam: Prove your strength. Destroy your enemy and all he cares about. Make him beg for mercy, but deny it until his final breath.
Adrianna Tomaz: I appreciate what you did for me, but I do not want you teaching my son violence.
Black Adam: I understand. You want his father to teach him violence.
Adrianna Tomaz: Gross, that’s my brother.
Karim: That’s my sister.
Black Adam: Who do you want to teach him violence then?
Amon Tomaz: Yeah, Mom. Who do you want to teach me violence?
Adrianna Tomaz: No one.
'You like to split the world into good and bad, but that's easy to do when you're the one drawing the line.' - Adrianna Tomaz (Black Adam) Click To Tweet
Amon Tomaz: Where are you going?
Black Adam: I shouldn’t be here.
Amon Tomaz: You don’t feel any loyalty to us at all?
Black Adam: Not really, no.
Amon Tomaz: You’re not seeing the full possibilities here. I don’t know what it was like in ancient times, but having superpowers is kind of a big deal in our world. Maybe clean up your outfit a little bit, get a cape, change your name.
Black Adam: Teth Adam is a very strong name.
Amon Tomaz: It’s a little outdated. And you definitely need a catchphrase. Something blackout bad-a** to say right before you absolutely cook some dude.
Black Adam: I don’t waste words on the dead.
Amon Tomaz: Well, yeah, kind of like that, but more catchy.
Amon Tomaz: And you wear a lot of black, so we should really lean into that. My point is, you could be famous. Magazines, lunch boxes, video games. And the superhero industrial complex is worth a lot of money.
Black Adam: I don’t need a box for my lunch.
Carter Hall: [referring to Adam] He’s a bad man, Kent. What else do you need to know?
Kent Nelson: When you’ve seen as many different futures as I have, you cease to believe in absolutes.
Kent Nelson: What are you laughing at?
Carter Hall: I’m not laughing. That was a smirk.
Kent Nelson: I know. That’s how you laugh.
Carter Hall: I’ve missed having you around to spout old cryptic s**t like that.
Kent Nelson: Almost as much as I’ve missed having you around to ignore all my advice.
Kent Nelson: This is not a very good plan.
Carter Hall: Yeah, well, a bad plan is better than no plan at all.
Al Rothstein: [referring to the helmet] What happens if I touch it anyway?
Maxine Hunkel: Soul crushing terror? Or something.
Al Rothstein: So we should probably put a towel on it, right?
Al Rothstein: Hey, why is this Adam dude so pi**ed off?
Carter Hall: He’s not some dude. He’s a weapon of mass destruction.
Maxine Hunkel: Question, if he’s so powerful, how are we supposed to stop him?
Kent Nelson: If we can get him to say the word, “Shazam”, Teth Adam will lose his power. And we’re hoping since he’s had a few thousand years to sleep it off, we can peacefully negotiate the terms of his existence.
Maxine Hunkel: From the footage you showed us, he doesn’t really seem like a “peacefully negotiate” kind of guy.
Black Adam: Tell them the Man in Black sent you.
Amon Tomaz: Well, yes, but not to me. Say it to the bad guys. But before you zap them.
Black Adam: Catchphrase, then kill.
Amon Tomaz: Yes.
Carter Hall: We’re the Justice Society. Our mission is to protect global stability. We’re here to restore peace to Kahndaq. And we will use force if necessary.
Black Adam: Force is always necessary.
Kent Nelson: Teth Adam. We know who you are and what you are capable of. There’s no place for you in the world of man. You have two choices. Kneel or die.
Black Adam: I was a slave until I died. Then I was reborn a God. I kneel before no one.
Carter Hall: Just say, “Shazam.” We all go home.
Black Adam: I don’t have a home.
Maxine Hunkel: There’s something different about you. Can’t quite put my finger on it.
Al Rothstein: You know, it’s probably because I’m six stories tall now.
Carter Hall: Where are you going? We need to go after him.
Kent Nelson: We’re not strong enough.
Carter Hall: Oh, well, maybe next time use your powers of prediction to figure that out before we get our a**es kicked.
Adrianna Tomaz: The Justice Society? We have been living under military occupation for twenty-seven years, and never seen you before. You didn’t come when Intergang invaded our country, when they stole our resources, and killed my husband. But now, we finally have our own hero, and you decide to fly down here and save us? Thank you, but we’re covered. Go and protect international stability someplace else.
Carter Hall: Teth Adam can’t be Kahndaq’s champion, because he is not a hero.
Adrianna Tomaz: Tell that to all the people he just liberated.
Black Adam: You brought the invaders with you.
Adrianna Tomaz: They only want to talk.
Black Adam: They can talk. I won’t listen.
Adrianna Tomaz: They say that you didn’t come here to seek justice. That you came to exact revenge. And in your anger, your power grew, until it became uncontrollable.
Adrianna Tomaz: It wasn’t your tomb that I opened, was it? It was your prison. And, now, there’s a statue of you. Out of the hope that someday Kahndaq’s champion would return. But it’s built on a lie, isn’t it?
Black Adam: I never said I was a hero. I never claimed to be anything.
Adrianna Tomaz: You may not have been a hero. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t be one now.
Black Adam: I will hear them out. But if they choose to fight, they choose to die.
Carter Hall: We’re here to negotiate the terms of your peaceful surrender.
Black Adam: I’m not peaceful. Nor do I surrender.
Kent Nelson: What have your powers ever given to you? Nothing but heartache.
Black Adam: You have no idea.
Carter Hall: Then why are you making this hard on us? We both know you’re not supposed to be here.
Black Adam: It is you who is not supposed to be here.
Black Adam: How about I rip your little wings off instead?
Carter Hall: I’d like to see you try.
Adrianna Tomaz: Okay, more fighting won’t solve this.
Black Adam: I disagree.
Carter Hall: Me too.
Al Rothstein: Looks like we found common ground.
Carter Hall: This can only end one way.
Adrianna Tomaz: [to Adam] I know you’re not a hero. But you’re not a monster, either. I don’t care what anyone says. You saved me in that cave. You didn’t know me, and your first instinct was to save me. I’m begging you. Please, save my son.
Carter Hall: What are you doing?
Black Adam: Searching for the child.
Carter Hall: No, you’re murdering people.
Black Adam: How else do I find the child?
Carter Hall: I can help you, but no more extrajudicial killings.
Black Adam: I don’t need any help.
Karim: Who are you?
Kent Nelson: Call me Dr. Fate.
Karim: How bad is it, Doc? Am I dying?
Kent Nelson: I’m not that kind of doctor. But don’t worry, I can see the future. This isn’t how you’re going to die.
Karim: How do I die, then?
Kent Nelson: Just stay away from electricity.
Karim: Wait, what? I’m an electrician. How the hell am I supposed to do that?
Al Rothstein: I literally just witnessed a miracle. What? Did I say something stupid?
Maxine Hunkel: No, it’s just you can transform your molecular structure, grow a hundred times your own size. You’re an impossibility and the world still amazes you. I don’t know, it’s It’s cool.
Kent Nelson: [as Adam smashes into the building] I suppose they didn’t have doors in your day.
Black Adam: Well, of course we did. That’s how we entered rooms.
Kent Nelson: What I did there is called sarcasm.
Carter Hall: You better not drop those prisoners.
Black Adam: I’m not going to drop them. I’m going to drop one of them. Whoever answers first lives.
Kent Nelson: You said you wouldn’t hurt the prisoners.
Black Adam: That was sarcasm.
Kent Nelson: No, technically, it was just a lie.
Carter Hall: I told you, stop killing people!
Black Adam: They look alive to me.
Carter Hall: Because I saved them.
Black Adam: Well, that’s why I waited until you were there. I got the information I needed, no one died. I did it your way.
Kent Nelson: He does have a point.
Carter Hall: There is no “we” here. There are only heroes, and there are villains.
Black Adam: You think yourself a hero, but you would let these criminals go free, knowing that many more will suffer at their hands unless we end them now.
Carter Hall: Heroes don’t kill people.
Black Adam: Well, I do.
Kent Nelson: Life is the only path to death. Well, that’s surprisingly obvious. Could it have another meaning?
Al Rothstein: What if it means like, “Life is short. You got to hold onto what you love.”
Carter Hall: Stop.
Kent Nelson: Deep.
Carter Hall: I hope you can be a team player.
Black Adam: I love teams.
Kent Nelson: That was sarcasm again, yes?
Black Adam: Very much so.
Kent Nelson: Good. Just checking.
Kent Nelson: A wise man once told me a bad plan is better than no plan at all.
Carter Hall: That was before we had a very bad plan.
Carter Hall: How long we going to keep doing this?
Black Adam: There’s no point in fighting. We both know no one can stop me.
Carter Hall: You’re right. Only you can.
Black Adam: [flashback, in Kahndaqi] I won’t always be here to protect you.
Hurut: [in Kahndaqi] I don’t need protection. I want to be free.
Black Adam: [in Kahndaqi] Freedom is for the birds. Let someone else be the hero, the graveyards are full of them.
Black Adam: The powers were not a gift from the wizards, but a curse. Born out of rage.
Black Adam: Kahndaq needed a hero. Instead, it got me. All this power, and the only thing I can do with it is hurt people.
Black Adam: [in Kahndaqi] Some men are not meant to be heroes.
Emilia Harcourt: You know, they say the gods created us, but we’re the ones who always wind up burying them.
Al Rothstein: [to Amon] Not all heroes wear capes, but I think you earned this.
Maxine Hunkel: Well, statistically, most heroes don’t wear capes.
Kent Nelson: My vision has always shown me a great calamity. The world in flames. We can stop it, but you die.
Carter Hall: You should’ve told me sooner. I have no fear of death.
Kent Nelson: That’s precisely why I didn’t tell you. The world needs the Justice Society. The world needs you.
Carter Hall: But you can’t choose who lives and dies. That’s Fate, right?
Kent Nelson: I am Dr. Fate, sorcerer, agent of the Lords of Order, defender against darkness and chaos, but even my powers cannot defeat you.
Sabbac: There’s no one that can defeat me.
Kent Nelson: There is one.
Kent Nelson: [to Adam] You have the power to be the destroyer of this world. But you can also be its savior.
Kent Nelson: [to Adam] You believe you are not a worthy champion, because the wizards did not choose you. But Fate does not make mistakes. Neither did your son. We were wrong about you. The world doesn’t always need a white knight. Sometimes it needs something darker. Don’t you dare give up on us now. The world needs you.
Karim: [as he runs over the undead] Don’t worry, I die by electricity!
Karim: [referring to the undead] It’s a lot of them.
Adrianna Tomaz: It’s a bit more than I thought.
Adrianna Tomaz: Just a bit.
Sabbac: The wizards powers were wasted on you. You are not a hero.
Black Adam: [as Cater impales Sabbac through his chest from behind] No. I’m not. But he is.
Carter Hall: I never thought I’d be happy to see you.
Black Adam: [referring to Kent] I’m only here because of him.
Carter Hall: That makes two of us.
Carter Hall: [referring to Adam] Just be careful. The kind of justice you dish out can darken your soul.
Adrianna Tomaz: It’s his darkness that lets him do what heroes like you cannot.
Carter Hall: I guess we’ll find out, won’t we?
Amon Tomaz: [as Adam sits on the old throne] How does it feel?
Black Adam: Wrong.
[he then destroys the old throne]
Amon Tomaz: So, what now? Does this mean you’re finally going to be our hero?
Black Adam: Kahndaq has always had heroes. And it still does. What it needs now is a protector.
Adrianna Tomaz: Thank you, Teth Adam.
Black Adam: Perhaps that name is a little old-fashioned.
Adrianna Tomaz: So what should we call you?
Amanda Waller: [mid-credits lines] Okay, Black Adam. My name is Amanda Waller. Congratulations, you have my attention.
Black Adam: There’s no one on this planet that can stop me.
Amanda Waller: I can call in a favor and send people who aren’t from this planet.
Black Adam: Send them all.
Amanda Waller: As you wish.
Superman: It’s been a while since anyone’s made the world this nervous. Black Adam. We should talk.