It’s been revealed that Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam film was almost an R-rated movie. However, it was through extensive cuts in order to bring the rating down. It seems as though Warner Bros Discovery was keen to make sure that the DC Universe movie wasn’t R-rated when it was released in cinemas.
Black Adam is a very violent character in the DC Comics. When it was first revealed that the movie was in the works, I think a lot of fans of the character thought that the only way to do him justice was to make it R-rated and as violent as possible. However, movie studios have been very averse to making R-rated films in the past. The main reason is that they feel it cuts their profits in half because a smaller section of the population can see the film.
Black Adam came very close to being an R-rated movie
However, in the end, I think movies such as Deadpool, Deadpool 2 and Logan proved that R-rated comic book movies could do well at the box office. Often, making a comic book movie more violent and exploring more adult themes results in a much more interesting film. I still think that Logan is the best comic book movie ever made. I include Christopher Nolan’s Batman films in that list. I’ve actually rewatched Logan recently, and I still think it’s brilliant.
Here’s what Hiram Garcia had to say when he was asked during an interview with CinemaBlend about making Black Adam an R-rated film:
We really wanted to make sure that we honoured 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. So, we always went into this knowing that we were going to push it as far as we did.
The DC Universe is back on track
Black Adam is in cinemas right now. We’ve watched the movie and think it’s a really good DC Comics movie. You can read our full thoughts on the movie in our review that we posted earlier today.
What do you make of this news? Do you think that Black Adam should have been an R-rated movie? Would you have liked Dwayne Johnson’s film more if it had been a bit more violent? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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