From battling nature itself in San Andreas to fist-fighting with Vin Diesel in Fast 5, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has had his fair share of legendary big screen enemies.
In the upcoming monster mash Rampage, he faces not one but three giant monsters as they tear through North America. An adaptation of the classic arcade game of the same name, Rampage stars Johnson as primatologist Davis Okoye, who is faced with the seemingly impossible task of facing off against mutated versions of a wolf and a crocodile, all the while trying to save his best friend who just so happens to be a white gorilla – now mutated, of course.
The prospect of this man-mountain battling these beasts is so exciting, it got us thinking about what other cinematic monsters the star needs to rampage against...
1. The Blob
Now, here is a legendary movie monster that would prove something of a problem for our hero. The Blob, as featured in the films of the same name, cannot simply be punched into submission, nor shot to death with an over-sized machine gun, before being finished off with a wry-smiled quip. No, The Blob is an unstoppable, all-consuming gelatinous mass, whose defeat will take more than Johnson is used to.
Making its first gooey appearance in the late 1950s, where it was eventually defeated by the chiselled good looks of Steve McQueen, this B-movie creature then featured in a much gorier 1980s remake. We're sure adding one of Hollywood's highest-paid actors into the mix would help revitalise the formula.
2. The Thing
Undeniably one of the scariest monsters in cinematic history, The Thing can look like anyone, hide anywhere and has no other purpose than to destroy mankind. Johnson seems rather fond of mankind, so you'd better believe he's going to take issue with this.
The Thing still stands up as one of the scariest movie monsters of all time, with the ability to transform into anyone resulting in some of the most grotesque sequences in cinema (see: spider-head). Given Johnson is such an unstoppable man of action, he needs foes that can trick and deceive him. On top of this, The Thing could even transform into The Rock for a Rock vs Rock showdown. It would undoubtedly be the greatest arm wrestle ever committed to celluloid. (Well, probably.)
The biggest criticism of the 2014 Godzilla reboot was the lack of a dynamic human protagonist. Inject The Rock in there and you've automatically got a charismatic hero at your disposal.
Well-renowned as one the most legendary cinematic monstrosities, you don't need to be told who Godzilla is or what his deal is. The King of Monsters needs a King of Men to ruffle his... scales, or perhaps Rock and 'Zilla will even make nice and take on a common enemy like Mothra. The Rock riding a rampaging Godzilla is the kind of sight big blockbuster cinema was made for.
As far as we know, there aren't any plans for this to happen in the expanding Godzilla vs Kong movie universe (the next movie is set to arrive on our screens in 2020), but we can hold out hope for the future.
4. The Tarantula
No doubt you'd take one look at the behemoth that is Dwayne Johnson and presume he isn't afraid of anything. But let's face it, everyone has their doubts about massive rampaging spiders, right?
1955 movie cheapie Tarantula is regarded with affection by nostalgic moviegoers, but we'd love to see a glossier updating with Johnson in the lead. Giant spiders have had a few goes at the big screen (including the likes of Shelob in Lord of the Rings), but put a terrified Johnson in the middle and you're onto a sure-fire winner. (In the original, not even tough guy Clint Eastwood, who cameos as a jet fighter, can do much.)
It would potentially make for an interesting watch, The Rock's large frame and intimidating presence masking his innermost fear, as he must overcome the phobia of phobias to once again save the day.
5. The Xenomorph
A self-confessed believer in UFOs and aliens (check out the interview here), Johnson would surely have his work cut out when facing the notorious Xenomorph. He's battled alien creatures before in his career in 2005's Doom, but H.R. Giger's ferocious, acid-for-blood creation is infamous for toppling everyone who stands before it. Following the events of Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, might we see a (somewhat) more vulnerable Johnson going up against the alien in a future Ridley Scott movie?
Sadly, none of these movies are on the cards yet, but you can see Dwayne Johnson siding with a giant mutated gorilla when Rampage is released on 13th April.
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