Black Adam star Dwayne Johnson has hit back at IGN regarding their comparisons to Black Adam’s box office take to those of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
IGN noted in a tweet that Black Adam launched in October and has made $366m, meanwhile, Wakanda Forever has earned $400m (£546m at the time I type this) having only been out since 11th November. However, The Rock didn’t like the smell of what IGN was cooking and called them out in the below tweet and reply:
😂 What a neutral post.
I love competing, but @IGN you guys are in the biz with us there’s no competition with the established global brand of Black Panther compared to Black Adam & JSA who a year ago no one even heard of. No need to knock us, we’re new babies and have to grow😊
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 20, 2022
I’m not a big fan of Dwayne’s work, but I will acknowledge that the dude always gives it his all and genuinely seems very passionate about every project he takes on. So it’s good to see him call out IGN for their Marvel shilling.
A Fairer Comparison
Some replies mocked Dwayne for saying Black Adam was not a well-known character and that it’s relatively true. Outside of the DC fanbase, not many know of the character or his history. As the hundreds of you that tuned in to the Livestream yesterday will know, even our own Boba Phil had no inkling who Black Adam was.
If IGN wanted a fairer comparison, they could have compared Black Adam’s box office taking to two of Marvel‘s recent unknowns – Shang-Chi and Eternals, rather than the juggernaut that is Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Shang Chi made $432m on a budget of $150m and Eternals brought in $402 on a budget of $200m. So Black Adam’s budget of $200m and a current return of $366m (so far) seems to actually be on par with the current crop of lesser-known superheroes – or villains depending on how you view Black Adam.
Is Black Adam good?
Not in my eyes, no it isn’t. As you all know, I’m a big fan of DC and I watched the movie over the weekend and actually turned it off halfway through. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve ditched a movie without seeing it to the end, I like to give them a chance.
However, I found this movie atrocious. Drunken Yoda and Boba Phil disagreed with me, they liked it, but for me it was insufferable. It was just The Rock being The Rock (again) with the now all too familiar over-the-top CGI that makes most modern CBM look like a BBC production.
I gave up after I watched – SPOILER…
A teenage boy escaped from two dozen, heavily armed soldiers by zip-wiring down a washing line using his skateboard as they stood by and watched. This was Obi-Wan Kenobi’s young Princess Leia running away from baddies in the woods, level bad.
If Black Adam is the new level that all future DC movies are going to be based on, then it would appear that my newfound optimism since Zaslav took over and Cavill’s return as Superman will be short-lived.
Back To Wakanda
Talking of short-lived, the recent numbers show that Wakanda Forever has had a 63% drop in its second week at the box office. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness dropped 67.5% and Thor Love And Thunder dropped 68% in their second week.
So it’s a touch better than either of those two but another clear indication that the Marvel gravy train is showing signs of derailing.
Stark wrote yesterday that Marvel Fatigue is starting to take hold, even amongst the most fervent of Marvel Kids. After all, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a virtue signaller’s wet dream and if those abhorrent people are turning away, I do wonder how long Marvel will survive on their current trajectory, especially once the likes of IGN stop shilling for Disney.