Black Adam Director on Techniques of Pushing PG-13 Rating Limit

Black Adam is an anti-hero, and from the previews, he is furious and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. It would seem like the film would easily be an R-rated film, but director Jaume Collet-Serra is set on it being a PG-13 film while still pushing the boundaries.

“We’ll find out because we still haven’t submitted the movie to the rating board,” Collet-Serra tells Nerd Reactor about the status of the film’s rating. “It hasn’t been rated yet. So far we are going for that line and that limit. And I think through undercutting some of the moments with comedy, and also the visual effects not being so graphic, we could get away with a lot.”

“There are a lot of movies these days that, I think, use the same technique,” he continued. “They’re pushing that limit. But we don’t want to go into distasteful things. If you go into an R rating, I think that it’s not just about the graphic nature of things. You also have to elevate the tone in terms of like, the themes of the movie, you know, in our base, our theme is family. And it’s about hero versus anti-hero. And I think that story can be held perfectly in a PG-13 world. But we’re pushing it. We’ll figure it out. We’ll get the feedback from the rating board.”

About Black Adam

Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods— and imprisoned just as quickly—Black Adam (Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.

The film stars Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Sarah Shahi as Adrianna Tomaz, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, and Pierce Brosnan as Doctor fate.

It’s directed by Jaume Collet-Serra from a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, screen story by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, based on characters from DC. Black Adam was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck. The film’s producers were Beau Flynn, Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia and Dany Garcia, with Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Chris Pan, Eric McLeod, Geoff Johns and Scott Sheldon.

Black Adam will be released in U.S. theaters on October 21, 2022 and internationally on 19 October 2022.

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