The Training For Black Adam Was ‘Arduous,’ Even For Iron Paradise Lover Dwayne Johnson

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Actor-producer Dwayne Johnson is known for his hulking physique, dating back to his days as a professional wrestler. He’s especially fit when filming his upcoming movies, so he looks as ripped as possible on screen. But it turns out that The Rock’s training for Black Adam was ‘arduous’, even for Iron Paradise lover.

Dwayne Johnson has a massive home gym, often sharing videos and photos of his fitness regimen on social media. While he’s got a clear passion for this type of training, it seems he pushed himself even harder for the upcoming DC blockbuster Black Adam. As the Jumanji star recently explained,

The training we did for this movie was the most arduous I’ve ever done in my life. I promise you this: The hierarchy of power in the DC universe is about to change.

Considering just how massive Dwayne Johnson is, this is definitely saying something. It seems he wanted to go even harder to inhabit a massively powerful character like his DC villain. We’ll just have to see how this ultimately plays out when Black Adam hits theaters this summer.

Dwayne Johnson’s comments about his fitness journey come from an interview with Men’s Journal. He did a deep dive on his training, especially when it comes to his long-awaited DC character. The Rock has been consistently teasing that the “hierarchy of power” was about to change. After all, Black Adam is powerful enough to take on the likes of Superman and Shazam. 

Later in that same interview, Dwayne Johnson got more detailed about the training that went into his Black Adam transformation. We’ve seen how this hard work paid off with glimpses from the movie’s set, with the multihyphenate somehow achieving new levels of swole. As he put it,

Getting the greenlight for Black Adam was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to raise the bar yet again. Doing that work with Dave [Rienzi], we wanted to bring a whole new philosophy and methodology to the way I push myself in the gym. There’s a lot of fine tuning that goes on in our training together. Even if we’re not together, I’m constantly sending him photos so he knows exactly where we are when it comes to results. If needed, we’ll make adjustments in the moment. He doesn’t only care about the aesthetic, but also about my energy levels and how I’m feeling.

Can this movie arrive already? Every tease about Black Adam makes it seem like it’s going to be a total blast in theaters. That villain-centric flick will see The Rock’s character face off against an entire team of heroes: The Justice Society of America. Said team will be made up of Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), Hawkman (Aldis Hodge) and Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell). And given their different powers, the movie’s action should be thrilling.

Black Adam will hit theaters on July 29th. In the meantime, check out the 2022 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience. 

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.