Dwayne Johnson to Play Pulp “Superhero” Doc Savage

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who basically already plays a superhuman in the Fast and the Furious franchise, is stepping fully into the superhero realm with his new project: He’ll play scientist, inventor, and explorer Doc Savage, a.k.a. the “Man of Bronze,” a.k.a. the pulp legend who inspired Man of Steel Clark Kent. While various iterations of a Doc Savage movie have been in the works since at least 2008, Shane Black’s (Iron Man 3) project is set to be released in 2017.

Before Superman came on the scene, the 1930s had its own superhero of sorts in Savage, imbued with superhuman intelligence and strength, in a series of novels and radio play adventures. Johnson announced the news on Instagram over Memorial Day weekend, as a caption alongside a photo of him, Black, and screenwriters Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry:

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.

If you need to refresh your pulp knowledge, check out our primer on Doc Savage.

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