Dwayne Johnson, already set to play Black Adam in the upcoming Shazam film at New Line Cinema, has announced another superhero-ish character going on his resume: Doc Savage.
Posting on his Instagram account, Johnson confirmed that he will take on the pulp action hero in Shane Black’s new adaptation for Sony Pictures. Black will direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry. Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions will also be involved.
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 Street & Smith Publications publisher Henry W. Ralston and editor John L. Nanovic, first appearing in Doc Savage Magazine in March 1933. Also known as “The Man of Bronze”, Savage is a world-traveling adventurer. Following in the footsteps of Street & Smith’s other pulp hero, The Shadow, Doc Savage not only got his own pulp magazine, but appeared in other media as well — radio, comic books, and film — and his adventures were re-printed as Bantam paperback books starting in 1964.
Clark Savage, Jr. had no superpowers, but instead was a super-intelligent near-perfect human being — scientist, inventor, explorer, doctor, and musician. Trained from birth by a team of scientists, his mind and body are near superhuman levels. And like The Lone Ranger, Savage also had a credo:
“Let me strive every moment of my life to make myself better and better, to the best of my ability, that all may profit by it. Let me think of the right and lend all my assistance to those who need it, with no regard for anything but justice. Let me take what comes with a smile, without loss of courage. Let me be considerate of my country, of my fellow citizens and my associates in everything I say and do. Let me do right to all, and wrong no man.”
With his highly-skilled “Fabulous Five” — his team of fellow adventurers — Savage makes his headquarters on the 86th floor of a New York City skyscraper and has all manner of technology at his disposal, as well as a “Fortress of Solitude” in the Arctic, pre-dating Superman’s own namesake getaway.
Black has stated that he intends to keep the story set in the 1930s, playing up the idea that Doc Savage is the “World’s First Superhero”. He’s been attached to the project since 2013, and will be moving forward with production after his reboot of Predator.