Dwayne Johnson becomes a superhero

Since he first appeared on a screen as the villain in The Mummy Returns back in the days when Brendan Fraser was the big Hollywood star, who was then known simply as the rock has managed to develop one of the most successful film careers. Little by little he was convincing us to call him only by his real name, Dwayne Johnson, and he was able to make us forget his years as one of the most popular fighters in WWE.

And while it didn’t take him long to realize his dream of taking over from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone as the great action movie hero, one of his earliest goals has been slipping out of his hands for decades. If he has finally been able to finalize it, he has been with the help of a Catalan director, Jaume Collet-Serra.

Dwayne Johnson during the presentation of “Black Adam” in Los Angeles on October 6

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‘Black Adam’ marks the first foray of The Rock into the world of superheroes

Hitting theaters around the world this month is Johnson’s first foray into the world of superheroes with Black Adam , a great DC blockbuster whose budget is close to 200 million dollars and in which Viola Davis and Pierce Brosnan also participate. In the film, Dwayne is Teth Adam, an Egyptian who, after receiving superpowers from a sorcerer, is imprisoned 5,000 years ago, and for those things in movies derived from comics, he is transferred to the contemporary world. Initially the bad guy in the story, whose nom de guerre is Black Adam, his character will have to face the members of the Justice Society of America, a team of superheroes led by Brosnan who will first try to stop him and then convince him to go to the side of the good


Although the proposal that Johnson lead a great DC blockbuster seems like a blockbuster guarantee, the process to finalize it was long and arduous. It all started in 2006, that is 16 years ago, when New Line Cinema hired director Peter Segal to direct an adaptation of Shazam and he thought of Dwayne Johnson to be the protagonist of the film, without imagining that the fighter would also be more interested in the villain than the hero.

As things usually happen in Hollywood, the project kept going around until in 2009 it was put on hold by the studio, owned by Warner Bros. but with its own autonomy. In 2014, with Johnson already established as one of the top grossing figures in the industry, he was rescued from limbo, but in 2017 executives realized that Black Adam it deserved its own story, so they split the project in two. On the one hand they did Shazam! which with a budget of 100 million euros was released in 2019 with Zachari Levi as the title character and on the other Black Adam with Johnson in the lead.

On Collet-Serra: “Jaume comes from a group of great Spanish filmmakers who know how to create quality products. And he was certainly the perfect director for ‘Black Adam'”

Already converted into a powerful producer, the owner of a personal fortune that today is estimated at 800 million euros added to his company, Seven Bucks Productions, already a partner and ex-wife, Dany García, who also joined as a producer. They were the ones who invited Collet-Serra to join the team, after the good experience they had had together on the set of Jungle Cruise .

Dwayne Johnson and the Catalan director Jaume Collet-Serra at the last edition of Comic Con, in San Diego last July

Dwayne Johnson and the Catalan director Jaume Collet-Serra at the last edition of Comic Con, in San Diego last July

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After forming a good partnership with Liam Neeson for years, the director who came to the United States from his native Barcelona to study film without imagining the good fortune that awaited him is today one of the most respected filmmakers in action cinema. That’s why in July of this year, it was Collet-Serra who greeted the 6,000 fans who camped out the night before to attend the film’s presentation in the famous Hall H of Comic-Con in San Diego. After explaining that he had been watching the film every day in the editing room for a year and a half and that he had just closed the final version that will be seen in theaters, Johnson arrived at the venue like an Egyptian god who had come down from the sky before the cheers and applause from all those present.

The star explained to enthusiastic fans, “This has been a long journey, inspired by passion and commitment. For me it is a dream come true to present the film here, because when I started in this industry more than 20 years ago I dreamed of bringing films to Comic-Con. This is a dream come true”, he insisted excitedly, later praising Collet-Serra: “Jaume comes from a group of great Spanish filmmakers who know how to create quality products. And he was certainly the perfect director for Black Adam “, he pointed.

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Dwayne Johnson becomes a superhero