DC went over and beyond in 2013 to demonstrate its status as “not your father’s superhero films.” Superman did not sever General Zod’s neck so that we may all join hands and celebrate the finest qualities of humanity. He did it because killing people is a characteristic of heroes. Numerous persons.
When it was time to bring the renowned antihero Black Adam to the big screen, the film’s producers understood two things: This character had to kill people, and the film required a youthful audience. Unfortunately, the MPA had a different opinion and believed Black Adam’s body count merited an adult one. It took four rounds to get the film down to a PG-13 rating, which was crucial for the directors.
“We really wanted to respect the persona of Black Adam,” said producer Hiram Garcia to Collider (via Deadline). “One of his defining characteristics is his anger and brutality, so making a Black Adam film without these would have been inauthentic. Therefore, we always knew we were going to push the envelope as far as we did.”
Garcia noted that this was a “collaborative effort with the MPA to achieve the rating.” Who knows how many faceless victims were eliminated from the film in order to fulfill Black Adam’s destiny of being viewed by thirteen-year-old boys? “It was essential that we accomplish that,” Garcia continued. In addition, Dwayne was tremendously committed to this endeavor.
This is crude. Aldis Hodge, who portrays Black Adam’s Hawkman, told Collider that the music is unrefined and uncompromising.
“Black Adam did kill many criminals in broad daylight. I believe it’s essential to understand that he kills terrible men for the benefit of the people he’s defending and his own moral compass. In addition, it serves as a backdrop for the genuine conversation we are having about what is good and evil. What is correct and improper? And to what extent, what lengths do you go to achieve what you think to be genuine justice? What is the notion of true justice if it has varied meanings for different people?
This is a question that Black Adam frequently poses. It was crucial to the filmmakers that this film be violent, but not so violent as to exclude its intended audience. Garcia acknowledges that “they had to make numerous cuts,” removing “certain personal moments that we adore, but had to eliminate.”
However, we never compromised; we never had to alter a scene.” Every scene remained in the film, including “some terrific moments when Black Adam is in the fly bike-chase sequence and drops one of the intergang warriors” and [SPOILER] “this great moment when the truck bounces the body.”