‘You guys started clapping at the end! Thank you so much’: The Rock Overwhelmed as Black Adam Test Audience Says His Charisma Makes Him “An Actual Superhero”

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When it comes to Black Adam, the much-anticipated DCEU endeavor, spearheaded by Dwayne Johnson’s relentless ambitions, saw its early test screenings recently. What else would make the event more special for the fans who were in attendance than The Rock himself making a surprise appearance? With barely a month and a few days left for the DC anti-hero to grace our screens, the test audience has wholeheartedly affirmed how fascinating the movie truly is.

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

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Johnson, posting a behind-the-scenes video of the test screening, revealed the acclaim fans of the franchise, present as the test audience, bear towards Black Adam. For a film that has been eagerly awaited by the whole world, the reception seems majorly positive and something to actively look forward to.

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Dwayne Johnson surprised the test audience

The DC Extended Universe film, directed by Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra, promises to take the fans on a journey like never before. Dwayne Johnson, who will be leading the premise in the titular role, has made many statements in the past which alluded to the film and the character’s greatness. At times, to some people, these came off as boastful or an attempt to overestimate and overhype the film.


However, the audience’s reaction to the test screening of the film proves to suggest a grandly fruitful premise, reinvigorating the hope within the rest of the fans who yearn for Black Adam‘s release.

Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam in Black Adam (2022).
Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam in Black Adam (2022)

Besides Johnson, the DCEU film is star-studded, with names like Pierce Brosnan, Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, Sarah Shahi, etc., to take into account. The premise will not only undertake the origins of the fan-favorite anti-hero but also focus on the characters of the Justice Society of America, whose existence in the comics predate even the Justice League.


Taking to Instagram, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted a video that showed the actor and former professional wrestler, stupefying the viewers present at the test screenings for Black Adam. According to him, his motivation behind doing so was to garner “critical feedback” from the audience, who he terms his “number one boss.”

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In the caption to the aforementioned post, Johnson wrote the following:

“Invaluable learnings and takeaways from our Black Adam test screenings that I always secretly participate in. I LOVE surprising our audiences afterwards and once the emotions level out, I can take my time and engage and learn from my #1 boss – the audience. Black Adam is my passion project to the bone and I’m so grateful to get these early reactions.”

The video further revealed an extremely overjoyed and enthusiastic Johnson who seemed overwhelmed by the fans’ positive reception, as most of the viewers enunciated their opinions one by one.


The Test Viewers Expressed Their Sentiments

Dwayne Johnson in his Black Adam costume at the SDCC 2022.
Dwayne Johnson at SDCC

Completely and utterly taken aback by his shocking presence, some of the viewers at the “first-ever small, intimate screening” of Black Adam were moved to tears upon witnessing the grand nature of Dwayne Johnson in real life.

When asked by the actor whether or not they enjoyed the film, the audience had only praises to sing in wholehearted favor. One individual, commending the actor for his charisma, stated that the film’s “unique” feel is solely credited to the former pro-wrestler and he is what makes the movie different.


Another person had a bigger compliment to provide, enunciating how the film made Dwayne Johnson not seem like an actor, but the “actual superhero.”

Dwayne Johnson and Aldis Hodge in Black Adam.
Dwayne Johnson and Aldis Hodge in Black Adam.

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To thank such compassionate and equally enthusiastic viewers, Johnson had the following to say:

“I got to tell you, just personally, this is the first time I’ve seen the movie with an audience, with you guys. Then you guys started clapping at the end and it was just really good, so thank you so much.”

It is quite evident that Johnson was deeply impacted by the sanguine feedback. Upon being specifically asked about the ending of the movie, the test audience affirmed that when it comes to the Dwayne Johnson-led premise, “You don’t know what’s going to happen next.”


What can be ascertained from such an exciting event is how the DCEU film is good-to-go and lives up to what it promised: a great future for the franchise.

Black Adam is scheduled for a 21 October 2022 release.


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Written by Debdipta Bhattacharya

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