Dwayne Johnson: Doc Savage ‘world’s first superhero’

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Dwayne Johnson is set to play Doc Savage, who has been called the world’s first superhero and the inspiration for Superman, in a new comic book movie with a comedic twist.

“It’s official,” Johnson said on his Facebook page.  “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.”

First published in pulp magazines in the 1930s, Doc Savage was a physician, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher and musician.

The character of Clark Savage Jr., has considerable athletic prowess and many other skills thanks to the experiments conducted by a team of scientists led by his father.

He gained more prominence when many of those original magazine stories were reprinted in the 1960s as novels, and in 1975 the flop movie Doc Savage: The Arch Enemy of Evil was released.

Johnson says the number one reason he’s excited to play Doc Savage is “He’s a f—ing 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,” Johnsons says “After speaking for hours with Shane Black I can see why the creator of Superman took only the best parts of Doc Savage 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.”

“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,” Johnson says. “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.”

The film will be directed by Iron Man 3‘s Shane Black, who met with The Rock over the holiday weekend to “chop up creative and break story on this very cool project,” according to Johnson’s Instagram post.

The director shared his views and excitement about the character and the movie

“There’s 182 stories in the original cannon, and I must confess I’ve only read 107 of them” he explained. “That’s going to be a blast… Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry are working on the script with me, just seeing those characters that represented my childhood so vividly come to life in a way that I can control is a dream.”

 

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

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The Instagram post features Johnson alongside Director Shane Black as well as writers Anthony Bagarozzi & Chuck Mondry and producer Hiram Garcia, the vice president of production at Johnson’s own Seven Bucks Productions.

No synopsis or release date has been announced yet, but Johnson seems to be taking a liking to comic book adaptations, not only involving himself in ‘Savage’, but also the upcoming ‘Shazam’, where he will be portraying Captain Marvel’s evil counterpart, Black Adam.

And Dwayne Johnson is certainly keeping busy, as he is currently filming Fast and Furious 8, and will star alongside Zac Efron in the upcoming Baywatch reboot, and he has been confirmed for the remake of Nineties classic Jumanji.

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