Since the middle of the 1990’s, Dwayne Johnson has been living in the spotlight and making the most of absolute every second. Beginning his Hollywood career in 1996 as a member of the World Wrestling Federation under the moniker “The Rock”, the son of former professional wrestler Rocky Johnson took the wrestling industry by storm and was quickly crowned a champion upon winning the Intercontinental Championship at the beginning of 1997. He would go on to parlay his success in the wrestling industry into a successful career in the film industry, earning his first role in 2001’s The Mummy Returns and most recently becoming a staple in the Fast & Furious franchise as Special Agent Luke Hobbs. Celebrating a quarter of a century since his WWF debut, the iconic wrestler has shown that he is ready to continue pushing himself and taking new steps in his career and will be doing so with his next film Black Adam, his first superhero movie, which began filming this week.
At this point The Rock’s career as an actor is almost as extensive as his career as a wrestler with 104 acting credits to date, per his IMDB page. It’s subsequently a little surprising that his talents have never been enlisted for a superhero film prior to this, but he certainly appears to be diving in head first as he excitedly shared an image of a Black Adam clapboard on his Instagram page this week with a lengthy caption. In the caption, he succinctly highlights just how meaningful the role is to him: “History in the making, extremely excited and what a humbling moment to share with you.” Filming is set to take place in Atlanta, Georgia and will be overseen by Director Jaume Collet-Serra and Director of Photography Lawrence Sher, and is certainly sure to excite fans of both the legendary wrestler and superhero films alike as Johnson lends his multitude talents to the production.
Not only does Black Adam mark Johnson’s introduction into the world of superheroes, it also marks his introduction into the DC Extended Universe. Similar to what Marvel has done in the past decade, the DC Comics brand is attempting to expand upon their presence in the film industry and is partnering with Warner Brothers to produce and distribute these films as part of the DCEU. This process has already begun with the new batch of Wonder Woman films starring Gal Gadot that have released over the past few years, however that process has seemingly just begun. The next step, or rather one of them, will be Black Adam, which is officially under production and is set to release July 29th, 2022.