The Dark Knight Rises Was Nearly Hit with an Nc-17 Rating Over a Death Scene

The Dark Knight Rises Was Nearly Hit with an Nc-17 Rating Over a Death Scene
The Dark Knight Rises had an uphill battle going into its 2012 release. Indeed, notwithstanding the film’s eternal juxtaposition to the Aurora, Colorado theater tragedy, it faced the task of following up on what was already widely considered the best comic book movie of all time in 2008’s The Dark Knight and the legacy set in stone by the late Heath Ledger’s posthumous Oscar-winning performance. However, the film did manage to avoid one prospectively damaging hurdle for its box office chances: an Nc-17 rating.

Nearly a decade removed from the release of the closing chapter of director Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, it has been revealed that the entry from the reliably PG-13, intensely dramatic action-packed comic book movie franchise was close to being bound by the financially constricting shackles of an Nc-17 from the MPAA over one specific scene. As Matthew Modine—who played Peter Foley, the
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