Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson Joins the DC Entertainment Universe

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The Rock lands a sweet new deal with the DC Entertainment Universe as Black Adam, a badass supervillain with superhuman strength, stamina and speed. 

As the highest-paid actor in the world, The Rock has graced our screens with a plethora of unforgettable characters from iconic films such as The Mummy ReturnsThe Game PlanMoanaJumanji, and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw. Although Johnson typically plays the “good guy” in a lot of his roles, Black Adam will bring forth a new side of Johnson that’ll be amazing to witness on-screen.

Back in 2017, Johnson hinted at a possible role in a new film with an Instagram post regarding his meeting with the heads of DC. Johnson wrote, “As a hard-core DC fan, to get a real sense of the tonal shifts and developments coming in these future movies has me fired up. Something we, as DC fans, have all been waiting for a very long time. Hope, optimism & FUN…”

The Fast and Furious star has officially announced his role as Black Adam, a rebellious superhero who plays by his own rules. Johnson shares his excitement on Instagram with an official movie poster as the man in black. “This role is unlike any other I’veI’ve ever played in my career, and I’m grateful to the bone well we’ll all go on this journey together,” he said in his caption. 


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The Man in Black ⚡️ Like most kids growing up, I dreamed about being a superhero. Having cool superpowers, fighting for what’s right and always protecting the people. It all changed for me, when I was 10yrs old and was first introduced to the greatest superhero of all time – SUPERMAN. As a kid, Superman was the hero I always wanted to be. But, a few years into my fantasy, I realized that Superman was the hero, I could never be. I was too rebellious. Too rambunctious. Too resistant to convention and authority. Despite my troubles, I was still a good kid with a good heart – I just liked to do things my way. Now, years later as a man, with the same DNA I had as a kid – my superhero dreams have come true. I’m honored to join the iconic #DCUniverse and it’s a true pleasure to become, BLACK ADAM. BLACK ADAM is blessed by magic with the powers equal to SUPERMAN, but the difference is he doesn’t toe the mark or walk the line. He’s a rebellious, one of a kind superhero, who’ll always do what’s right for the people – but he does it his way. Truth and justice – the BLACK ADAM way. This role is unlike any other I’ve ever played in my career and I’m grateful to the bone we’ll all go on this journey together. BLACK ADAM 12.22.21 ⚡️ Huge thank you to my friends, @jimlee and @bosslogic for this first time ever bad ass collaboration.

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Johnson’s solo film, Black Adam, is set to premiere Dec. 22, 2021. We look forward to seeing The Rock tackle this unique role and bring it to life.