Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson, was one of three DC movies that made its theatrical debut this year. Premiering Thursday, Oct. 21 in time for the sweep into the holidays, the film was a heavily hyped release.
Telling the story of a newly awakened, and quite violent Teth Adam, the movie is a high octane thrill ride that focuses on legacy, the terror of tyranny, and the importance of an uprising led by a country’s own oppressed people.
Johnson repeatedly lodged that the hierarchy of power in the DCEU had shifted with his character taking his rightful place in the super-powered pantheon. And, while it’s up to the audience to decide if that’s true, it must be acknowledged that Black Adam brought its own, unique energy to this shared universe.
If you skipped out on watching the film in theaters, or simply have been waiting to watch it from the comfort of your home, you’ll be able to watch the movie on streaming before the year closes out. Here’s when Teth Adam’s story will land on HBO Max.
Black Adam HBO Max release date
According to the streamer, the movie will premiere Friday, Dec. 16 on the platform. Wondering if this is a DC movie the whole family can enjoy? Well, Black Adam is rated PG-13. The MPAA gave the film that rating for “sequences of strong violence, intense action and some language.”
The violence is highly stylized in the movie. While there are depictions of blood, gore isn’t a heavy component of the action sequences. There is a fantasy element to Teth Adam’s combat, which does mean his powers are used to disintegrate bodies. He’s prone to using his enemies’ weapons against them, that does include blowing them up. Essentially, he’s a one man killing machine and that’s a part of the plot. Expect a high body count. The profanity in the movie is mild.
Even baring in mind the more brutal parts of Black Adam, the film isn’t pushing the boundaries of what a PG-13 movie can be. If your child was fine watching 2016’s Suicide Squad then this Dwayne Johnson-led flick shouldn’t be too much for them.
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