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Producer Says PG-13 Rating Won’t Soften Black Adam

July 30, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Black Adam may be a PG-13 movie, but that won’t neuter the film’s content according to producer Hiram Garcia. Garcia spoke with Collider about the upcoming DC antihero movie and said that while the film will in fact be PG-13, that’s the way it was intended and it won’t lower the body count at all.

“This will be PG-13, but it’s not because we’re being forced to be PG-13,” Garcia said. “The way we devised the movie, it just wasn’t necessary to make it R, and it’s something we discussed because we did want to be true to the character. The truth is that we felt we were properly able to represent the edge and power that Black Adam has without needing to go to an R rating. This movie can thrive in a PG-13 space and that’s great for us because we want to introduce Back Adam to as many people as possible.”

He continued, pointing out that “No one ever felt like The Dark Knight was too soft. That was probably one of the hardest PG-13s you’ve ever seen. That’s the way we’ve approached our PG-13, and by no means has that rating limited our kill count!”

Johnson plays the titular antihero in the film alongside Pierce Brosnan as Dr. Fate, Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher and Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone. Marwan Kenzari, Sarah Shahi, Mohammed Amer, James Cusati-Moyer, Bodhi Sabongui, and Young Rock’s Uli Latukefu also star in the film, which is being directed by Jaume Collet-Serra from a script by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshiryani. It is set to be released on July 29th, 2022.