Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has signed on to play one of the earliest superheroes: Doc Savage, who's said to be an inspiration for Superman. A film adaptation of Doc Savage was announced back in 2013, but apparently it's only now getting off the ground. Shane Black, the beloved action movie writer and director of Iron Man 3, is on board to direct.
There aren't many details about the film yet, but Johnson makes it sound like it should be pretty funny and strange. This is what he wrote in an Instagram post announcing the casting (emphasis his): "Here's the #1 reason I'm excited to become Doc Savage... HE'S A F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO!"
"He can even identify a woman's perfume from half a mile away."
Doc Savage is a classic pulp fiction comic hero from the 1930s. The character has no one specific super power; instead, he's supposed to have been groomed by scientists to attain superhuman physical and mental abilities. "His heightened senses are beyond comprehension," Johnson writes. "He can even identify a woman's perfume from half a mile away." Creepy! But I guess it gets the point across.
The character apparently has "zero social graces whatsoever due to his upbringing," Johnson writes, which leads to him being a pretty weird dude. That's what Johnson and Black want to play up in their adaptation.
As Johnson notes in his Instagram post, many elements of Doc Savage are widely recognizable as attributes of Superman. "First name Clark, called 'Man of Bronze,' retreats to his 'Fortress of Solitude' in the Arctic, etc., etc.," he writes.
There's no word yet on when the film is supposed to be released. Johnson suggests that they're still working out the story, so it could be a while longer still.
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 #DocSavage