With his role as Black Adam in the Shazam movie seemingly on hold, Dwayne Johnson has found himself a different comic book character with a ridiculously prominent widow's peak to play. Over the weekend, he announced that he'll star in the Doc Savage movie Shane Black has been slowly developing since 2013, Rock explaining:
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.
The project now joins a Big Trouble in Little China remake, a Rampage adaptation, a movie based on Disney's Jungle Cruise ride, a San Andreas sequel, a Jumanji remake, a movie that's like Die Hard but in China, a Robert Ludlum cinematic universe, and countless Fast/Furious films among the many movies tenuously stretched across Johnson like any t-shirt meant for a normal human being.