DC and Warner Bros. recently released film Black Adam stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in an action-packed, family-friendly blockbuster. He is known for roles in San Andreas, Jungle Cruise, and Jumanji, to name a few. The actor also starred in kid-friendly movies such as Disney’s Moana and DC League of Super-Pets.
With such a roster of movies and a reputation for starring in family-friendly films, there is no doubt that Black Adam would follow suit. The film hit the cinemas in October, a supposed spin-off to Shazam! and the revival of the DC Universe.
Black Adam Editor Reveals Why They Made The Film PG-13
Michael Sale, the film’s editor, spoke with Screen Rant in an exclusive interview and revealed why they opted to make the movie PG-13. Surely, it had several dark tones and violent scenes, but the lead actor’s appeal to the mass drove him to convince the studio to make the movie for everybody.
Sale admitted that he would have loved it if it was R-rated, seeing The Rock’s character going nuts and punching people recklessly. But, in the end, they wanted everyone to see the film.
“For us, it wasn’t about keeping with any tone of DC, past or present. It was about establishing our tone and our brand and the Black Adam brand.”
For Sale, he was happy with the decision they made. Seeing families go to theaters and enjoy the movie is worth the risk. He added:
“I think that’s what these movies are for. I think what it does is open up a whole path where DC has options now to do a lot of different things.”
Johnson’s Appeal To The Mass Brought Commercial Success
Indeed, the film earned $67 million in its opening weekend, which can be attributed to the large number of participants. Evidently, an R-rating would reduce the numbers as children won’t be able to watch the movie.
Some fans were unavoidably disappointed with the studio’s decision, but in the end, the commercial success proves that the change in tone is the right thing to do. With this renewed hype around DC’s superheroes, it will certainly open new doors for the franchise. Following the movie’s release, DC announced its upcoming projects for the next two years.
Black Adam is currently showing in theaters.
Source: Screen Rant