Among the Justice Society of America members sent to deal with Black Adam are a pair of younger superheroes still getting a feel for the world of crime-fighting. This pair consists of Maxine Hunkel, aka Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell), who can produce supersonic winds; and Albert Rothstein, aka Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), who can dramatically increase in size. They’re a plucky duo always out to do the right thing, even though they’re outmatched by the obstacles that emerge during the movie’s epic conflict. Their determination to do good is quite endearing, and it’s also welcome that the screenplay avoids playing the characters like caricatures of young people by jaded middle-aged studio executives. No tired jokes about “kids being on their phones” here.
Another advantage of Swindell and Centineo’s presence in the movie is that they have really good chemistry together. This rapport ensures that their small scenes together, bonding over their shared inexperience in the world of superheroes, are more charming than you’d expect. It’s unfortunate that the screenplay can’t quite figure out more for Swindell and Centineo’s characters to do, with the duo being especially superfluous during the climax. But at least whenever they’re on screen, Swindell and Centineo prove engaging enough to make one curious about seeing them in further DC Extended Universe movies.