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‘The Rock’ Has a Suggestion for the Next Superman

July 20, 2019DMT.NEWS

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The Rock Likes the Idea of a Black Superman

With news over the years of increasing diversity in pop culture and entertainment, as well as the massive success of Marvel's Black Panther project, it seems a no-brainer to extend it to other comics.

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Former WWE champion and acclaimed action hero Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is making his own claim to a certain comics icon – Superman. Speaking on the topic of increased racial and gender diversity in the business, the wrestler-turned-actor made a few insightful remarks (and offered up one big tease) in an interview with Variety.

“I think they're doing great. I think, obviously Marvel has done a tremendous job in building out," he said. "And also, you know, for me, DC, we're doing Black Adam with Warner Bros. and DC. We're very excited about that. So, I think, you know, as everything builds and grows, and you take the temperament of society and what's happening, and I think here in Hollywood ... especially with franchises and characters and publicly traded companies who are sensitive to that sort of thing. So yeah, I think they're doing a great job. Maybe one day we will see a Black Superman ... You're looking at him.”

It's entirely possible that Johnson was also making a sly reference to the character played by Idris Elba in the upcoming popcorn flick Hobbs & Shaw, a character coincidentally nicknamed “Black Superman.” The Fast & Furious spinoff is set to hit theaters very shortly, on August 2, which explains the full press tour that Johnson is currently engaged in. Appearing alongside fellow action A-lister Jason Statham (The Expendables, The Transporter), Johnson's character provides a brute physicality as well as a common thread of comedy relief.

The concept of gender-bending or race-swapping popular comic book characters is not entirely new. Marvel's Thor has been portrayed in female form (by usual romantic interest Jane Foster), and a black Kryptonian by the name of Val-Zod has essentially played the Superman role during his Earth 2 run. An infamous picture of former President Barack Obama striking a Superman pose in front of a massive statue of the “Man of Steel” lead to Obama being portrayed as a Superman-like figure in the form of Calvin Ellis (also a Kryptonian).

Long story short, “The Rock” has pretty large boots to fill if he ever does get tapped to play a black Superman. That being said, given his past as the most electrifying man in sports entertainment as well as a big box-office draw, there can be little doubt that he is man enough to give it a go.

For a lot of comic fans (and fans of The Rock) it’s well past time for a different version of the son of Krypton.

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