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RUMOR: Black Adam Banned In China Due To Dalai Lama Comments By Pierce Brosnan

According to rumors, Warner Bros.' Black Adam was banned in China because actor Pierce Brosnan mentioned the Dalai Lama in an interview.

Rumors have circulated that Warner Bros. Discovery's Black Adam has been banned in China due to the presence of actor Pierce Brosnan and seemingly supportive references to the Dalai Lama. The rumor started on the BoxOfficeTheory.com forums, where someone going by the username Isaac Newton claimed Black Adam would not be released in Chinese theaters.

Last year, the same user was credited with predicting the bans of Spider-Man: No Way Home and Venom: Let There Be Carnage. It was later suggested that the ban was imposed in response to Pierce Brosnan's interview with GQ last month, in which the actor told an anecdote about meeting the Dalai Lama. It should be noted that no official confirmation of a ban or its potential reasons has been provided.

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However, no official release date for Black Adam has been announced in China, despite the fact that the film's official listings on Chinese databases and social media continue to indicate a November release. The themes and characters in the Warner Bros. film, including Black Adam and the supervillain Sabbac, may violate some of the China Film Administration's regulations.

Though the policies are not consistently applied and it is ultimately up to the censors to judge whether a film is suitable for release. In general, supernatural elements and religious figures – or characters who resemble them – risk being banned, as do excessive violence and storylines in which the villain's triumph.

If the rumors about Pierce Brosnan are true, it will not be the first time that a major Hollywood actor's support for Tibet has elicited a response from Chinese authorities. Films starring Keanu Reeves appeared to be banned from screening in China earlier this year after Reeves performed at a benefit concert for Tibet House US. Tencent, Bilibili, and Xigua Video removed 19 of Reeves' films from their platforms, and Reeves' name, Jinu Liweisi in Chinese, was reportedly removed from the Internet. The Chinese government, led by the Communist Party, has repeatedly attempted to remove all references to Tibet or its people from mainstream media and has pushed major Hollywood studios to do the same by withholding access to the Chinese market for films that do not comply.

Source: BoxOfficeTheory.com

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