The Rock – The New Indian Express

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Everyone knows Superman and Batman, but maybe not Black Adam. Where does he fit in the DC Universe? Black Adam is basically the Dirty Harry (from the 1971 film of the same name starring Clint Eastwood) of the DC Universe. He is an antihero and does things most superheroes would never do. He basically only cares about the people he loves and will do anything to protect them. He’s loyal and a champion, but he’s also disruptive. He’s roughly on par with Superman in terms of powers and abilities, but the core value system is different. Black Adam opens up the DC Universe beyond anything we’ve seen. He’s a game-changer, not just as a character, but because this move introduces five new superheroes who form the Justice Society of America, a group that existed years before the Justice League.

How long did it take to bring Black Adam to the big screen? It’s been over 10 years. It feels like everything I’ve done in my career has led to this point. This is also a big moment for me as a DC fan.

How long have you been a superhero fan? Always. I grew up a DC boy watching Superman and Batman cartoons on Saturday mornings. I always read the comics and then one day I got my first Black Adam comic and it changed my life. Here was a superhero with brown skin. I had never seen anything like it and wanted to be Black Adam from that point on.

How was it when you finally got into costume and walked off the set as Black Adam? I have to admit I was more than a little nervous, but then I saw the rest of our amazing cast in costume and it all just disappeared. It felt great to finally play a character that means so much to me.

A still image of Black Adam from the DC Universe

Did you have to do extra training to get into superhero form? I did. I had to change my routine quite a bit. I wanted to get the look perfect and it was difficult because there was no reference other than the comics. It took a lot of training and the right food. And let me just say, that’s all me in the suit. There is no padding.

You mentioned that Black Adam is like Dirty Harry. Is it true that you took some inspiration from Clint Eastwood? This is true. I was inspired by Eastwood who is also my favorite actor. There’s a lot of Clint in Black Adam and I don’t apologize for that. The good, the bad, and the ugly – he had a huge impact on me.

Everyone is excited at the prospect of a showdown between Black Adam and Superman. What can you tell us about that and who do you think will win? I just want to say that when we started we knew where we were going. Let’s just say it’s going to be a close fight between Black Adam and Superman. Black Adam is pound for pound as close to Superman as you can get.

You worked with Jaume Collet-Serra on Jungle Cruise, a fantasy adventure film. What do you think made him the right director for Black Adam, a very different film? It’s different, but Jaume had the passion and vision to make Black Adam the way it needed to be made. I loved his thirst for success when we did Jungle Cruise. This character is a huge departure from anything I’ve ever done in my career, so I needed someone like Jaume to have my back. He really helped me.

What would you say is the closest thing to a real superpower? I’m just trying to be a nice guy, friendly and positive. It’s all I’ve ever done in my career.

What motivates you after all these years in business? The support of my family and friends and most importantly the memory of some tough times I had as a child. It was a long road to being evicted from our home in Hawaii, but I will never forget that time, no matter how lucky I am.

What do your kids think of having a superhero dad? Well, they’re a little too young to see this, but they’ve seen me in costume and they love it. It’s something special.