Happy Memorial Day, everyone: Dwayne “The Rock Johnson has officially signed on to play Doc Savage.
The 44-year-old action star confirmed the news this morning on his Instagram, including a photo of him sitting alongside director/writer Shane Black and his co-writers Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry. They look pretty stoked.
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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 you can see from Johnson’s in-depth caption, Savage was a major inspiration behind Superman. Created by Lester Dent, Henry Ralston, and John Nanovic, the Man of Bronze graced American pulp magazines throughout the ’30s and ’40s, where he fought evildoers as a physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher, and, yes, a musician.
Savage is another addition to Johnson’s very, very busy schedule. He’ll soon appear in Central Intelligence alongside Kevin Hart, he just wrapped up work on Baywatch, and he’s currently filming Fast 8. Following that, he’ll have Jumanji, two Journey to the Center of the Earth sequels, and Shazam! for DC Films.
With The Nice Guys now behind him, Black will start shooting The Predator this October, whose release date was recently pushed to February 9, 2018. His highly anticipated return to that cult franchise will bring the extraterrestrial terror to the modern age and apparently “you’ll never see him coming.”
In other words, Doc Savage will eventually hit the big screen in the near future.