Becoming a Superhero Fulfills Dwayne Johnson’s Childhood Dream

Written by: Rachel Goodman – November 17th, 2019 6:54pm PT

Do you smell what the rock is cooking for DC Universe? Hint, hint, the Rock is back, and he’s coming to a movie theater near you! Dwayne Johnson joins DC Universe in December of 2021 as Black Adam!

He’s had a long ride getting to this place, however.

“Like most kids growing up, I dreamed about being a superhero,” Johnson wrote on his Instagram, announcing the news. “Having cool superpowers, fighting for what’s right and always protecting the people.”

Johnson admitted even though he wished to be like Superman, he also understood his differences between the superhero and himself. 

A few years into my fantasy, I realized that Superman was the hero, I could never be.
I was too rebellious,” Johnson added. “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.”

Johnson’s speaking about his troubled past as a youth. On Ellen back in 2006, while promoting his film Gridiron Gang, Johnson opened up about his teenage years. In the film, Johnson played a man who works for a youth prison and decides to start a football team. He told Ellen his connection to the film had to do with his past, specifically that he’d been arrested nine times by the time he turned seventeen.

“What were you doing?” Ellen asked him.

“Just a lot of bad things that I shouldn’t have been doing,” Johnson responded, “from fighting to theft and making the wrong decisions, running around the wrong, with the wrong people.”

Dwayne Johnson as a child

Johnson stated that he understood the kids in the Gridiron script because they were all different versions of himself. When Ellen asked why he stopped doing all these negative things, he answered her by stating that someone had cared about him and invested time in him. He also credited his loving parents for sticking by his side and referenced the story of his mother picking him up that final time at the jail and crying—but with no words.

“And, you know, for me, I love my mom,” Johnson said to Ellen. “And when she’s crying with no more words, that hits you and that hit me with a ton of bricks.”

From there, Johnson decided to turn his life around. He went on to have a collegiate football career and, later, ended up wrestling professionally with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). By the late 1990’s, he’d risen to stardom as a professional wrestler. From there, he crossed over into Hollywood with appearances on a couple music videos and even hosted Saturday Night Live. Johnson made his film debut in 2001’s The Mummy Returns as The Scorpion King.

Now, in 2021, we will see him appearing as Black Adam in the DC Universe.

Johnson has definitely come a long way since his days as a kid getting into trouble, but based on his Instagram post, it doesn’t seem like he’ll ever forget the past that shaped his future. 

“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,” Johnson wrote near the end of his Instagram post. “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.”

Now, he’ll be the one inspiring young children to be superheroes, both on and off screen.

Look for Johnson in the currently untitled Black Adam film from New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers, releasing December 22nd, 2021.

About The Author:

Rachel Goodman is a Los Angeles based actress, host, and writer originally from a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. In college, Rachel wrote for the Penn State Abington Literary Review and was an editorialist for The Lion’s Roar and The Montgomery County Ticket.

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