Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Confirms Role in Shane Black’s ‘Doc Savage’

By May 30, 2016

The Nice Guys director Shane Black has been trying to get a Doc Savage film off the ground since 2009, without much progress to report over the past few years. But just a few months ago, Black revealed to Thrillist that he was hoping to finally roll camera on the film sometime next year, and that he wanted Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to headline the project.

It seemed like dream casting at the time, especially considering the huge number of projects Johnson is already attached to. But apparently, “The Rock” liked the cut of Black’s jib, and this morning he took to his social media outlets to confirm the news himself:

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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 Seven Bucks Productions’s producer Hiram Garcia 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.”

For those unfamiliar with the character, Clark “Doc” Savage Jr. was a fictional hero who first appeared in pulp magazines of the 1930s and 1940s. He’s described as a physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher, and musician – a perfect physical specimen with a near-unlimited skillset, who became so popular that he eventually began popping up in radio, film, and even comic books.

With his innate charisma and improbably chiseled physique, Johnson seems to be the ideal choice to step into Savage’s shoes. No word yet on whether the film will be set during the same era as the character’s original adventures, or if Black will pursue a more contemporary take – but regardless, we’re super excited for this one.

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Brent Hankins

Brent Hankins

Contributing Writer at GeekNation
Brent Hankins is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle and co-host of the Drinks and Discourse podcast. He's also the proud owner of an Italian Greyhound named Sullivan. He's adorable (the dog, not the author).