"Black Adam" feels more like a hastily speed-read footnote than a feature.

Reviewer says it's a jumbled mess of all-too-familiar blockbuster beats and hoping something cogent separates out.

The film features an extended prologue set in an ancient world, a battle with wizards from "Shazam!".

"Back Adam" is based on the pre-Babylonian origins of Black Adam.

Any mythic qualities are drowned out by buckets of sloppy mayhem.

DC fans might thrill in hearing this is Intergang, although that name has no meaning in the context.

Sarah Shahi plays Adrianna Tomaz, a freedom fighter and freelance archeologist.

Teth-Adam's first action will be laying waste to an invading military force.

New characters include Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Dr. Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo).

"Black Adam" reeks of studio tinkering and endless recuts.

Film is unclear and undynamic with action often obscured by clouds of dust or Dr. Fate's shimmering CGI geometric crystal shards.

There is no wit, no thrill, and no slickness to the action.

"Black Adam" fails as a builder of its own universe.

If the film's entire function is to set up a fight between Adam and Superman, perhaps skip a movie.

It might make us want to skip the pretense that these are meant to be real movies.