(Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. via AP) While I haven’t seen “Black Adam” yet, the two things I could have easily predicted about it is that it was likely going to be your typical Warner Bros superhero movie that didn’t do anything we haven’t seen before but is likely going to be, at least, an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours.
The other thing is that it was going to be slammed by legacy media movie critics, not because it was bad, but because its creators didn’t put political messaging first.
Predicting these things wouldn’t have made me Nostradamus, just good at recognizing patterns. In this case, my dog could have recognized what was going to happen before it did. DC movies aren’t exactly known for carrying the same gravitas as Marvel back in its heyday but it hasn’t stopped them from trying. The DC cinematic universe has released some real stinkers when they’re not cranking out decent superhero flicks.
Legacy media critics are far more consistent. If it doesn’t put the message first, then the movie isn’t getting good marks. They might even call it dangerous if it looks like it might even hint at promoting any traditional values.
As Bounding Into Comics covered in-depth, critics jumped on DC’s latest outing with “Black Adam” with all the vitriol you might expect. Author Spencer Baculi makes the point that despite the media’s obvious bias they will never be accused of “review bombing” in order to make a film less successful on ideological grounds, especially since the lead is non-white: In a continuation of Warner Bros. Discovery’ particularly rough year, their last tentpole release of 2022, DC’s Black Adam , has been met with near-universal panning from legacy media critics – and curiously (less so if one has paid attention to the ever-growing […]
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