BLACK ADAM Originally Earned an R Rating for its Violence and Brutality

If you know the character of Black Adam from the comic books, then you know that he is one of the most violent and brutal of all that DC has to offer. He’s a villain at times, and he’s an anti-hero at times but make no mistake, regardless of what he is at that moment, he’s brutally personified.

It makes since that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would want to honor the character when he brought him to the big screen. After all, Johnson has been battling to bring Black Adam to life for over 15 years now and The Rock wants it done right.

When the first cut of Black Adam was given to the MPAA, it earned an R rating for, you guessed it, violence and brutality. Of course, Warner Bros. didn’t want an adults only franchise tent pole movie so cuts had to be made.

While speaking with Collider, Black Adam producers Beau Flynn and Hiram Garcia talked about in great detail, what they had to go through to get a PG-13 rating while at the same time, pleasing Johnson and staying true ti the character.

We really wanted to make sure that we honored the character of Black Adam. One of the things he’s known for is his aggression and violence, and to do a Black Adam movie that didn’t have that just wouldn’t have been authentic,” Hiram Garcia stated in the interview. “So we always went into this knowing that we were going to push it as far as we did. We knew it was going to be a collaborative process with the MPA to finally get it to where we were able, to get that rating, but we were able to pull it off. But it was really important for us to do that. And that’s something Dwayne was very committed to as well.

Beau Flynn added that they had to go through a whopping 4 cuts before the MPAA was satisfied enough to give the film its more family friendly rating.

“We did have to make a lot of edits, actually. There are some personal moments that we really love, but we had to let them go. But we never compromised, we never had to cut a scene. We had some really cool moments, and if you notice, there are some great moments when Black Adam is in the fly bike chase sequence and drops one of the intergang soldiers. Then there’s this great moment where the truck bounces over the body. But those are moments that you need and remember in these movies, you know what I mean? You can’t play it safe, and you have to go for it. And I think we have four or five of those. At one point we had about ten, and we were able to find some compromise with the MPA on that,” stated Flynn.

I’m still excited to see Black Adam like I said before and maybe we’ll get an extended cut when it hits Blu-Ray down the line. Initial test screenings have been immensely positive and those who saw it have said that The titular anti-hero does have his moments of outrage. We shall see when the film opens this week.

Jaume Collet-Serra helmed Black Adam from a screenplay penned by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani.

From New Line Cinema, Dwayne Johnson stars in the action adventure “Black Adam.” The first-ever feature film to explore the story of the DC Super Hero comes to the big screen under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra (“Jungle Cruise”).

Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods—and imprisoned just as quickly—Black Adam (Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.

Johnson stars alongside Aldis Hodge (“City on a Hill,” “One Night in Miami”) as Hawkman, Noah Centineo (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”) as Atom Smasher, Sarah Shahi (“Sex/Life,” “Rush Hour 3”) as Adrianna, Marwan Kenzari (“Murder on the Orient Express,” “The Mummy”) as Ishmael, Quintessa Swindell (“Voyagers,” “Trinkets”) as Cyclone, Bodhi Sabongui (“A Million Little Things”) as Amon, and Pierce Brosnan (the “Mamma Mia!” and James Bond franchises) as Dr. Fate.

Collet-Serra directed from a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, screen story by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, based on characters from DC. Black Adam was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck. The film’s producers were Beau Flynn, Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia and Dany Garcia, with Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Chris Pan, Eric McLeod, Geoff Johns and Scott Sheldon.

“Black Adam” smashes into theaters and IMAX internationally beginning 19 October 2022 and in North America on October 21, 2022. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Black Adam hits theaters this Friday, October 21st!

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