Dwayne ‘The Rock Johnson is the latest actor to transition into comic book movies after a string of successful leading roles following his retirement from wrestling.
In the upcoming film “Black Adam,” Johnson will play the title character and make his debut in the DC Comics film universe (DCEU). Best known as being the main antagonist for the hero Shazam, Black Adam’s arrival was teased in a post-credits scene of the 2019 film. The film will debut on the 21st of October, 2022.
Learn more about the life of the actor and former professional wrestler Dwayne Johnson in our photo slideshow.
Here Are 15 Tidbits About “The Rock” that You Probably Didn’t Know.
1. This is the year that he turns 50.
On May 2, 1972, Dwayne Johnson entered this world.
2. He’s from California
It was in the California city of Hayward that Johnson first opened his eyes. Hayward is roughly in the middle of Oakland and San Jose on the eastern side of San Francisco Bay.
3. He was a national champ in football
Johnson was a defensive lineman for the Hurricanes football team. In 1991, the group triumphed at the AP National Championship. People like Warren Sapp and Ray Lewis were on his team.
4. He played pro ball in Canada
Dwayne was not picked up in the NFL draught and instead agreed to terms with a CFL team in Calgary. Doug Flutie was also on the team. He was cut during his first season.
5. He became a professional wrestler like his father and grandfather before him.
Rocky Johnson, a professional wrestler, was Johnson’s father.
6. A star is born
Johnson joined the WWF in 1996 and wrestled using a number of aliases and personas before finally becoming champion in 1998.
7. He’s done TV shows too
The Rock’s acting career has included guest spots on such shows as “That ’70s Show” and “Star Trek: Voyager” and starring roles in “Ballers” on HBO and “Young Rock” on NBC.
8. His debut in the title role
After appearing in ‘The Mummy Returns’ in 2001, Johnson got his first shot at a starring role in the prequel film ‘The Scorpion King’ which grossed almost $180M worldwide. More than $5 million was thrown at him for the part.
9. He’s had numerous starring roles since
Johnson has contributed to several blockbuster movies in recent years. As well as his role as Hobbs in the ‘Fast & Furious films, Paul Walker has starred in a number of Disney films like ‘Jungle Cruise’ and the ‘Baywatch film adaptation.
10. Vocal talents
He is best known for voicing Maui in Disney’s “Moana,” but Johnson has done voice work for a number of animated characters.
11. Videos of songs
Dwayne has also appeared in music videos for artists like Taylor Swift and Method Man.
12. He’s a best-selling author
Dwayne’s autobiography, The Rock Says…, topped the New York Times best-sellers list for several weeks.
13. He’s a “star”
As of 2017, Johnson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
14. He’s a business owner
A business partner of Johnson’s in the year 2020 bought the XFL for him. League officials anticipate restarting the season that year.
15. What’s next for Dwayne?
Johnson will next be seen in “Black Adam,” as well as “San Andreas 2” and “King Kamehameha.”