DC’s new superhero action film, Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson, got released on October 21, 2022, in the USA, and was scheduled to premiere in China’s cinemas on November 11, 2022. But it looks like DC Studios have hit a major snag with regard to the film’s release in Chinese theatres as rumors claim that the country has reportedly decided to ban Black Adam instead.
According to sources, the apparently impending debacle is the doing of Marvel fans in China who are agitated about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever not getting released in their country.
If the rumors turn out to be true, then not only would Black Adam take a major hit with its box office practically running dry, but the superhero franchise would be facing certain serious issues from an overall aspect, concerning revenue and profits.
Black Adam will reportedly not be released in China
Jaume Collet-Serra’s Black Adam was initially on the track to be released in China on November 11, the same day when Ryan Coogler‘s Black Panther 2 is set to premiere worldwide, except for China. And as per rumors, Marvel fans in China are extremely upset about that, as a result of which, they are trying to get DC’s Black Adam canceled as well.
Apparently, Marvel fans are displacing their fury about Wakanda Forever getting banned in China as they tarnish the name of Pierce Brosnan, the actor who plays Doctor Fate in Black Adam, by notifying the Chinese Film Board about the Irish actor being a Dalai Lama supporter. And the country’s government is said to be planning on halting the release of DC’s new film because of the same.
People are claiming that Brosnan once wore some Tibetan beads that are associated with Dalai Lama in an interview, and Marvel fans seized that as an opportunity to get Black Adam banned from China, given the nature of the relationship that exists between the spiritual leader and the country. The former head of state of Tibet is currently in exile in India after having a falling out of historical significance with China for the latter not identifying Tibet as an independent state.
And on top of that, Brosnan himself has expressed his strong feelings with regard to Dalai Lama and his cause, which naturally doesn’t seem like something China would let fly.
Will Black Adam break even?
It sure looks like Marvel fans in China are trying their best to not let Black Adam reach its break-even point.
Currently, the movie’s box office has grossed a little over $256 million all over the world, and with the huge fanbase that Dwayne Johnson has in China, the film’s release there would have surely helped to get it over the tipping point at least. But with the rumors and speculation going around, Black Adam’s future has started to look rather pale.
Now that James Gunn is one of the heads of the DC Universe, he really needs to pull some big guns out or DC Studios along with the Warner Bros. Discovery executives are in for one hell of a loss.
Source: Cosmic Book News