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“Release the R-rated Black Adam Cut”: Dwayne Johnson Fans Enraged After WB Edited Out Violent Scenes From Movie For PG-13 Rating

Black Adam misses out on an R-rating due to MPAA censorship

Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam has been positively intriguing enough over the past few months to make the audience nitpick every piece of information thrown their way. If The Rock’s fanbase was not enough already to bolster its reception, it comes with the additional party left behind by Snyder and the new generation of DC fans. That makes the origin of DCEU 2.0 a story to be told for generations to come, depending on the margin of Black Adam‘s success.

Black Adam
Black Adam

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Black Adam Receives a PG-13 Rating For Violence

Granted it’s no Deadpool with his unconditional humor balancing out all the slash and gore, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson‘s Black Adam is still sufficiently violent to raise the adrenaline of SnyderVerse-worthy fans. The antihero whose origin dates back 5000 years has risen in the present day to unleash his justice upon society and in his understanding, he is the judge, the jury, and the executioner. Mostly, though, the latter.

Black Adam promises a callback to the SnyderVerse era
Black Adam promises a callback to the SnyderVerse era

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Keeping in tune with the original comics, and respecting the fundamental element that makes Black Adam who he is, The Rock was adamant about integrating that violence in his debut film. But given how the Motion Picture Association of America is an institution that not only needs to rate a film but judge whether it’s “good to go”, so to speak, the MPAA needs to award each movie with a rating after the necessary amount of censors.

For Black Adam, in its final round with the MPAA, the censorship extended to obliterating almost half the scenes that dictated the film’s violent tone, finally granting it a ubiquitous PG-13.

Black Adam Producers Talk About the Censored Scenes

Black Adam producers, Beau Flynn and Hiram Garcia have recently spoken about the scenes which were deemed too extreme to be released in the theatrical cut. According to them, they had had to go “four rounds [with the MPAA], and [the movie] just got the PG-13, I think, maybe four or five weeks ago… It was an obligation that we had to the fans.” 

Black Adam features an insane SnyderVerse like cinematography
Black Adam features an insane SnyderVerse-like cinematography

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Luckily, playing by the rules (for now) and getting Black Adam to where it should be in the assumed hierarchy, allows DC the chance to push for more during the sequels or even the broader DCEU 2.0 in the future. But, in the meantime, Flynn and Garcia lament the scenes that will remain within the vault.

“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 MPAA on that.”

Black Adam brings back top-tier action to the DCEU
Black Adam brings back top-tier action to the DCEU

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Perhaps, the violence got so bold that it resorted even Hawkman to chide Black Adam to stop his streak, as seen in the trailer. But that compromise with the MPAA means that the fans will be missing out on the R-rated cut of the film in favor of its more audience and family-friendly theatrical release.

DC Fans in Uproar Over Black Adam‘s Vaulted R-Rated Cut

If history has taught us anything, it’s the fact that comic book movie fans love a spectacle. This property has made the Marvel franchise successful, with movies like Winter Soldier and Civil War, and the Infinity Saga. DC for a long time remained behind in the race relying on films like Green Lantern. But that changed with Christopher Nolan’s standalone Dark Knight trilogy and Zack Snyder resumed where Nolan left off with his DC Extended Universe vision.

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With the future of the original DCEU now lost in the wind, it’s Dwayne Johnson’s reassurances that are keeping all hopes alive for the return of a semblance of that angst that the audience feels illegally deprived of. Black Adam‘s losing out on that R-rating is a reminder of that loss and the fans are not taking it kindly.

With the crowd upset over the missed R-rated theatrical cut, it seems like an unfiltered and more raw extended version of Black Adam could find a possibility of release when it’s out on home video services or BluRay.

Black Adam premieres on October 21, 2022.

Source: Collider

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 800 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.