If you haven't seen The Nice Guys yet, allow me to tell you that you're missing out on the best film currently in theaters. Writer/director Shane Black is out of the Marvel Universe and back in his wheelhouse and it's glorious. Black's next film will find him going back to the comic book world for his long gestating Doc Savage film, and now it looks like he's found one of the biggest stars in the industry to play the title role.
According to Comic Book Movie (link below), Dwayne Johnson took to Instagram to confirm that he was indeed going to be stepping into the shoes of Clark Savage, Jr., aka The Man of Bronze, aka Doc Savage...
"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"
This is fantastic news for anyone burned out on the typical superhero fare. Though the film has no release date, and both men are busy with other projects—Black with the Predator reboot and Johnson with Fast 8 and Jumanji among others—this is one you won't want to miss.
Via Comic Book Movie