After teasing the possibility recently, Dwayne Johnson has confirmed that he will indeed be playing pulp hero Doc Savage in writer/director Shane Black’s planned big screen adaptation.
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
As someone who has read a good majority of the original run of 181 Doc Savage pulp novels, I have to say that while excited, Johnson’s remarks have given me a moment’s pause. I am not sure that I would agree with his description of Doc as a “weirdo.” Socially awkward, yes, and there is definitely some humor to be found in that awkwardness. I wouldn’t call it “amazingly hilarious.” But right now my biggest concern is whether Johnson has the acting chops to capture Doc’s intelligence and charisma. It’s a different kind of tone that we’ve usually seen from him and I hope he can pull it off. It’s a tricky balance. If Johnson and Black don’t hit right I don’t think we’ll be in territory as disastrous as Denise Richards-as-a-nuclear-scientist-in-a-Bond-film, but it could hurt the film if Doc doesn’t hit the right note.
Black has been working on the screenplay for some time now, so I am raising an eyebrow over Johnson’s remarks that they’re breaking the story for the film now. This groundwork should have been done a while ago, unless they’re restructuring the script to fit it more to Johnson’s screen persona. And again, that would make me nervous for this film.