Sony Pictures are adapting Street & Smith’s comic, which first debut in 1933, focusing on a man named Clark Savage Jr. with superheroic levels of intelligence and strength…and he also happens to be a brilliant scientist, inventor and explorer. Dwayne Johnson would take to his instagram account to confirm that he’ll be playing the title character, with Shane Black directing on a script he co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry.
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 #ManOfBronze #DocSavage
Dwayne Johnson will be producing Doc Savage through his Seven Bucks Productions company alongside Hiram Garcia, with Neal H. Moritz, Ori Marmur and Michael Usland attached to produce.
I’m not familiar with the character but attaching Johnson to the film automatically puts it on to film fans radars. There’s no cinematic release date set yet for Doc Savage.