Dwayne Johnson’s fall 2022 showdown with black adam and its comprehensive introduction to the Justice Society of America received resounding applause when it premiered in late October. The enthusiasm surrounding the film, however, quickly died down after the initial flurry of excitement when audience expectations clashed with the reality of the film’s spoon-fed, stoic, saturated and uninspired plot.
What seemed promising and groundbreaking for the crumbling DCEU gained enough traction to follow through with multiple spin-off ideas that would branch off into the mainstream DCU, but black adam still remained disappointing in its essence. Building on a two-pronged backing with the JSA on one side and Superman on the other, Dwayne Johnson’s debut succeeded with its cinematic action sequences and the promise of Henry Cavill’s return.
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black adamHierarchy shifts to justice society
The unusual statement Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson kept spouting about DC’s new hierarchy has now become a symbolic catchphrase, a motto for the resurrected DCU. Having realized his potential as an antiheroic executioner of justice, black adam does not do the same for the DC brand as an individual project header. Instead, the film works to usher in the new hierarchy rather than define the new world order all on its own. In a way, Dwayne Johnson turned out to be a visionary when he talked about renaming DC, but it wasn’t supposed to happen via black adam. This crown falls on the heavy head of the Justice Society of America.
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With a team consisting of a soldier, an oracle, a scientist and an optimist, the Justice Society of America swelled slowly – no superhero landings or entry with weapons on blazing fires. The introduction and build that served to place the team in DC’s narrative fit perfectly with the script, save for the obvious issue of their absence from the public eye for all of the previous years and events. Intergang-related disasters. But, forgiving that crucial mistake, the heroic trio that remained standing in the aftermath of the battle are now tasked with carrying on the legacy promised to the public of the DC Universe.
The Justice Society replaces the Justice League in DCU
According to Dwayne Johnson, there’s still a lot to discuss, break down, reconstruct, and speculate on when it comes to the DCU’s most powerful and unstoppable force. But for now, the actor who worked tirelessly for 15 years to bring the character to screens is delegating his duties to the fair and far more accessible team, the Justice Society of America.
As established in Noah Centineo’s entry, the institution seeks to recruit heroes and expand its team to deal with ever-present global threats. Rumors of numerous spin-off projects like the Hawkman series and the JSA movie are also helping to fuel the building model that seeks to showcase the Justice Society and put it on the front line against the impending traffic of DCU’s vast 10-year plan. .
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If that is indeed the case, then the controversial Justice League, which has its roots intrinsically tied to the SnyderVerse, including its heroes’ origin stories and formative years, will slowly fade into the background. Zack Snyder’s focused trilogy negated the need to map an origin film and instead served to present a world-weary, cynical, and brutal Bruce Wayne after years of hunting in the dark and still witnessing a Gotham riddled with more violence than ever. Such a Batman has no ability to contribute to the new DCU or continue the formative plot. The same goes for Henry Cavill’s Superman who was killed, resurrected, sacrificed himself again, and was healed again.
Dwayne Johnson recently wrapped up a 7 minute monologue saying: “Now we will take our time. We will now build the black adam brand and we will develop the JSA. And that says a lot about where DCU intends to go with the Justice Society until David Zaslav and his team leaders James Gunn and Peter Safran can figure out where the Justice League can fit into their planned schedule or whether they should be included at all.
black adam is now available to rent or purchase on Prime Video.
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