Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson wanted to be ‘Black Adam’ since childhood, part of which he spent in CT
Actor Dwayne Johnson, better known as “The Rock,” has seen himself as the main character of DC’s latest superhero film, “Black Adam,” since his childhood — part of which he spent chowing down on New Haven pizza.
“Black Adam,” which was released on Oct. 21, centers around the titular character (played by Dwayne Johnson) being freed from imprisonment after 5,000 years, facing off against superheroes and enacting his “unique form of justice,” according to the movie’s website. The film has topped the box office for the third straight weekend after its release, racking in a domestic tally of $137.4 million, according to the Associated Press.
For Johnson, this release is more than just another superhero movie, ever since his childhood as a DC fan, has seen part of himself in Black Adam, relating to the “rage on their face” and brown skin, he said during an interview with MTV. The actor said that it has taken over 10 years to see “Black Adam,” which he called a “passion project,” come to life on the silver screen.
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“While 13 years ago the studio might not have seen the value in ‘Black Adam,’ I did. I felt it in my gut, in my heart that if we created a movie there would be a lot of people who would enjoy [the character of Black Adam.] But maybe more important than enjoying the movie, they could see a little of themselves in Black Adam too as well,” Johnson told MTV.
The movie experienced delays in production — some due to the fact that the “Shazam!” movie, which is set in the same universe, needed to be released first — rescheduled film shoots and the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Sportskeeda.