It seems that the version of Black Adam that will be hitting theaters this week is not the original cut of the film submitted to the MPAA.
Film producer Hiram Garcia recently spoke with Collider and shared that Black Adam had to work for that PG-13 rating. “We really wanted to make sure that we honored 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,” said Garcia. “So we always went into this knowing that we were going to push it as far as we did. We knew it was going to be a collaborative process with the MPAA to finally get it to where we were able, to get that rating, but we were able to pull it off. But it was really important for us to do that. And that’s something Dwayne was very committed to as well.”
Producer Beau Flynn shared that it took four rounds of cuts with the MPAA to get the film to the desired PG-13 rating. “[The movie] just got the PG-13, I think, maybe four or five weeks ago,” said Flynn.
Flynn did share, “there are going to be some features for when we release on home video and streaming. There’ll be some cool elements for that too, but that’s something we’re talking about.”
That’s not saying we’ll get a fully integrated R-rated cut for home video release, but we can always hope.
Black Adam is scheduled to hit theaters on Oct. 21, 2022.