Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson signs on to play Doc Savage
"...the cool thing about "Doc" Savage is that he's the inspiration for Superman"
Set to begin filming in the near future, the Doc Savage movie will be directed by Shane Black, with Black co-writing the script alongside Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry.
Johnson took to Instagram this morning the confirm the news, pictured alongside Black, Bagarozzi and Mondry. Writing alongside the photograph, Johnson said he was "excited to become Doc Savage" because "HE'S A F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO!"
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
Created by Lester Dent, Henry Ralston, and John Nanovic, Doc Savage was also known as the Man of Bronze. He is cited as the inspiration for Superman and graced American pulp magazines throughout the ’30s and ’40s, where he fought evildoers as a physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher and a musician.
Johnson is currently working on a wealth of other projects, soon appearing in Central Intelligence alongside Kevin Hart as well as Baywatch and he’s also currently filming Fast 8. Following that, he will also be working on Jumanji, two Journey to the Center of the Earth sequels, and Shazam! for DC Films.
No filming or release dates have been announced for Doc Savage. Director Shane Black is currently set to begin filming The Predator in October.