Dwayne Johnson has taken to Instagram to confirm reports that he is set to team with Shane Black (‘The Nice Guys,’ ‘Iron Man 3,’ ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’) for a reboot of pulp hero ‘Doc Savage.’
It’s OFFICIAL: For all comic book fans you already know the world’s first superhero (pre-dating Superman) is the “Man of Bronze” himself Clark “Doc” Savage. Want to thank my bud director/writer Shane Black and his writing team Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry for flying in from LA and sitting with me and our @sevenbucksprod’s producer @hhgarcia41 on this Memorial Day weekend to chop up creative and break story on this very cool project. Comic book fans around the world know that the cool thing about “Doc” Savage is that he’s the inspiration for Superman. First name Clark, called “Man of Bronze”, retreats to his “Fortress of Solitude” in the Arctic etc etc. Doc was physically and mentally trained from birth by his father and a team of scientists to become the perfect human specimen with a genius level intellect. His heightened senses are beyond comprehension. He can even identify a women’s perfume from half a mile away. He is literally the master of everything. But here’s the #1 reason I’m excited to become Doc Savage.. HE’S A F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO! Confidently, yet innocently he has zero social graces whatsoever due to his upbringing so every interaction he has with someone is direct, odd, often uncomfortable and amazingly hilarious. After speaking for hours w/ Shane Black I can see why the creator of Superman took only the best parts of Doc Savage and leaving the “weirdo” part behind. But to us, it’s that “weirdo” part that makes Clark “Doc” Savage dope! Can’t wait to sink my teeth into this one of a kind character. #ItsOfficial #WorldsFirstSuperhero #GeniusIntellect #PhysicalSpecimen #FnLoveableWeirdo #ManOfBronze #DocSavage
‘Doc Savage’ was created by publisher Henry W. Ralston and editor John L. Nanovi at Street & Smith Publications in order to capitalize on the surprise success of ‘The Shadow’ magazine. However, it was writer Lester Dent who developed the character, crafting him into the heroic-adventurer we know today.
One of the most popular characters of the pulps of the 1930s and 40s, ‘Doc Savage’ was also popularized on radio and film. A scientist, physician, adventurer, inventor, explorer and researcher, Doc has been trained since birth to be nearly superhuman in every way, with outstanding strength, a photographic memory, and vast knowledge and intelligence. He uses his skills and powers to punish evil wherever in the world he finds it.
Producers on the film include Hiram Garcia, Johnson’s partner over at Seven Bucks Productions, and Original Film’s Neal H. Moritz and Ori Marmur. Michael Uslan is also producing.
Black’s latest, the neo-noir crime buddy comedy ‘The Nice Guys,’ hits Irish cinemas June 3rd.