During Black Adam’s opening weekend, Twitter users took to the platform to voice their opinions, many of which were negative, particularly when it came to Black Adam’s portrayal as the story’s hero.
@Hawkmansworld said, “I’ll be honest … I wish Sabbac wasn’t in this movie at all. Should have been a JSA vs Black Adam movie from start to finish.”
another user, @KnightmareYuvisaid, “Black Adam would have been 100 times better if they actually made him a villain instead of ‘anti-hero’ BS.” @Massive_Peace went into a bit more detail, saying, “The side story of Dr. Fate and Hawkman was way more interesting than the main plot. I was so invested in the JSA. This should have been just a JSA film with Black Adam as the antagonist. “
@jburd22 said, “Black Adam has some cool moments in Act 3 that all relate to destiny, but man, this is one of the worst constructed plots in a mainstream blockbuster in a while. No central tension, no clear line, all confirm that Black Adam probably works best as an antagonist.”
For clarification: dr. Fate (Pierce Brosnan) and Hawkman (Aldis Hodge) are members of the Justice Society of America (aka JSA), a group of superheroes, and Sabbac (Marwan Kenzari) is basically another evil Shazam (Zachary Levi). …not to be confused with Black Adam, who is another evil Shazam. As these users noted, Sabbac seems to have been introduced so that there could be someone in the film more heinous than the film’s actual protagonist, who is a villain by all rights.