I can definitely recommend Black Adam, which I finally got the chance to actually see last Thursday. I knew that the critics hated it, but I did not at all care about that since typically I seem to like a great many movies that critics despise. For instance, I loved all of the Disney Narnia movies, and I especially enjoyed The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in particular. I just tend to have rather unique taste, I suppose. But Black Adam was a lot of fun! *** Spoilers to follow! *** It was cool seeing a live action version of Doctor Fate too, since he was always truly one of my favorite DC superheroes. I thought that the addition of the Justice Society was done rather well, and it was cool how they updated them for modern times rather than going with the older World War II era Justice Society, which would have required making this a period piece. They did a great job I thought turning the main villain from a character who originally in the old comics was a rather silly looking and kind of dumb character... and making him into a truly imposing, demonic monstrosity. I am not really up on how they are portraying Sabbac in the comics these days, but if the movie is anything to go by it is a marked improvement over the goofy fellow in the green robe that he used to be. It reminds me a lot of how they made Doctor Sivana a whole lot cooler and more threatening in the Shazam movie. So right off the bat, they took a rather interesting turn there, from what I was at first expecting! As for the heroes, Hawkman was portrayed rather well, and they skirted around his main power quite nicely, since it would not have fit well within the scope of the movie. That is to so, his ability to reincarnate after being killed, with his next incarnation becoming the next Hawkman. You could eke something like that out in a series, but in a movie you only have so much time, so not going there with him was a good idea. A lot of people seemed to think that Doctor Fate was a bit dumbed down in the movie, but me I thought he was portrayed perfectly to the comics... it did so much seem to me like he died per se, but that his spirit went into his helmet when his body was killed. So... the people who were angry over his death in the movie, might have been underestimating him a bit. In the comics, the original Doctor Fate was killed fighting the Lords of Chaos, but then his body was possessed by the god who used to empower his helmet... who then passed on the helmet, and the mantle of Doctor Fate to a mother and her son who become the next Doctor Fate (by combining into one body, which made for some awkward moments, but since this was back in the 80's DC did not mind going experimental like this a lot). It was rather debatable whether or not it was just the god possessing Doctor Fate's old body, or if his soul was somehow still in it since sometimes, he kind of almost still had his old personality. But the point is, Doctor Fate is not so much one man but rather a mantle that gets passed on from one person to the next kind of like Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme title. In fact, Doctor Fate was always pretty much DC's own Doctor Strange. As for the other members of the Justice Society... Atom Smasher was funny, and he really, really did remind me a bit of Marvel's Deadpool in a LOT of ways, but of course not in an R-rated capacity. But he had kind of that irreverent and cocky vibe to him, which made him fun to watch. Many people complained that his mask was too much like Deadpool's but that is how Atom Smasher looked in the comics too, and honestly... he did come way, way before Deadpool was ever invented. Plus, Deadpool was more of a way of Marvel making fun of DC's Deathstroke... so we are talking about very different things there. My favorite member of the Justice Society (aside from Doctor Fate) in this movie was Cyclone though... the girl with the wind powers! I had never really given her comic book counterpart much thought, over the years... but in the movie, I thought she was fantastic. She was quite the powerhouse once she got going! But... she also had a bit of a nice personality despite nearly delving into being a bit brooding at one point (though not without good reason given what she was talking about in that part to do with her past). So, in the end I found myself liking her a great deal, when, at first, I did not expect that I was going to. In many ways, she was a nice surprise! The only bit in the whole movie that kind of fell flat was the whole Intergang subplot... in the beginning of the movie, they are built up to be the major big bad organization of the story, but once Sabbac comes into his full powers they just kind of get forgotten about once he starts tearing things up. Then, after he gets defeated, everyone seems to be acting like Intergang is no longer a problem. I got the impression that they were still going to be a big pain in everyone's collective butts... and that Black Adam was going to pretty much have to kick them the heck out of his country pretty darn soon. Unless they ran for the hills once Sabbac went on his rampage. The problem is, they never said one way or the other. So that was bit up to interpretation there, which could have been fixed by having a quick scene of Intergang retreating out of the country or a having a scene where Black Adam said he was going to continue to fight against them or something. Instead, they just kind of dropped it. So that was, for me, the only part I did not like in the whole movie since it felt rushed and not fully thought through. However, that is a small complaint, and when you think about it... a lot of old Saturday morning cartoons were like that back in the day. Heck, G.I. Joe did stuff like that all the time! So, I suppose I am a bit more forgiving of Black Adam as a movie because I am used to silly plots on that level. If anything, it did give it quite a bit of a comic book sensibility. So yeah, I would definitely recommend the movie to anyone looking for a fun comic book movie that is not trying to be high art. This is not the Dark Knight trilogy of films here! And it is not trying to be. I loved the Superman cameo at the end too... and how they played the Superman theme song from the old Christopher Reeve days. Seeing Henry Cavil in the role again was awesome, too! I was glad that they did not include Shazam in the movie since honestly there was already enough going on in it... and having the two of them going at it with everything else happening would have caused the story to spiral into incoherent chaos. Whereas it was good just the way it was. Pretty much, only one character in the whole movie annoyed me a bit, and that was the boy who kept following Black Adam around and pestering him. I get it that the kid was Adam's introduction to the modern world... but oh my goodness what a nuisance of an introduction he was sometimes. He reminded me of the "Adoring Fan" character from the Elder Scrolls Oblivion video game. All I can say about the matter is... the kid was lucky that Black Adam was as patient as he was. Seriously! Although at least the kid became less annoying later in the movie, and actually had quite a bit of courage towards the end especially. Pretty much, Black Adam was the movie I mostly thought it was going to be... a slightly more serious, and darker, take on the whole concept of Shazam in general. But with enough humor to keep it from become too dark! There were quite a few interesting and fun easter eggs and a couple of background characters that only fans of the comics would recognize. Such as the demoness in that one scene (the Hell sequence), whose name in the comics was Lady Blaze. But that was all part of the charm of the movie, that it felt very strongly like a valid part of the DC comics universe.