While initial “social media impressions” of Black Adam were largely positive following its premiere, now that critical reviews have been received it’s much more mixed. As of this writing, there are 64 reviews going for Black Adam, which has scored 55% on rotten tomatoesmaking it “rotten” by the names of the site.
While many are content to wait for the viewership scores, which many consider the top metric (that’s a debate for another day), we can see how Black Adam currently compares to the rest of the DCEU. And it’s not great. With the score of 55%, that means Black Adam is the fourth lowest-rated DCEU offering out of 13 projects, a cinematic universe already not exactly known for its consistent quality. Here is the list as it is.
- Peacemaker (TV) – 94%
- Wonder Woman – 93%
- The Suicide Squad – 90%
- Shazam – 90%
- Birds of prey – 79%
- Zack Snyder’s Justice League – 71%
- Aquaman- 65%
- Wonder Woman 1984 – 58%
- Man of Steel – 56%
- Black Adam – 55%
- Joss Whedon’s Justice League – 40%
- Batman v Superman – 29%
- Suicide Squad (Ayer) – 26%
So here, Black Adam is only above the absolute worst of the DCEU, the original Justice League, Batman V. Superman, and Suicide Squad. I will say that I disagree with a lot of the rankings on this list. Shazam, Birds of Prey, and Wonder Woman 1984 should be lower, if you ask me. Man of Steel and Aquaman should be higher. So it remains to be seen whether or not critics got Black Adam wrong.
I have absolutely no doubt that viewership scores will be higher for Black Adam, and that’s what The Rock will end up bragging about on social media, given that a 55% critic score isn’t a reason to brag. Audiences may truly be more entertained than critics, but The Rock has also built up a host of powerful internet allies in the form of Zack Snyder fans for supporting the Snyder Cut and fighting for Superman’s Henry Cavill. I think there’s little chance the audience scores won’t be significantly higher than the critic scores for this one.
But even still, it’s not great. The Rock has lifted Black Adam beyond belief, and the film scores 35% below Shazam, the movie he dug out of and the character he seems content to ignore in favor of moving on. bigger rivalries like Superman. And outside of the DCEU, those Black Adam scores put him below every MCU movie ever made except Eternals. These numbers may go up or down as more reviews come in, but it clearly won’t reach much higher.
Of course, what really matters in the end is the box office. If Black Adam makes huge numbers, critic ratings don’t matter and The Rock will get all the influence he hopes to help guide DC’s future, most likely. But if Black Adam underperforms or even bombs, that grand vision of making the character a key part of the universe going forward with sequels and showdowns against Superman doesn’t seem likely to come to fruition.