After dropping some clues that he would be playing 1930s pulp action hero Doc Savage a few weeks ago, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has now officially confirmed that he will indeed be playing the Man of Bronze in director Shane Black’s upcoming movie.
Johnson took to Instagram earlier today to reveal he’d met with Black and his movie co-writers Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry (The Nice Guys), as well as a few producers, saying: “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.” YASSSS!!!
This won’t be the first time the character will make a splash on the big screen. Back in 1975, Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze was produced, starring Tarzan actor Ron Ely in the title role (and it wasn't very good). In 1999, Arnold Schwarzenegger was announced to star in a new Doc Savage movie that was ultimately shelved when his campaign to become governator became successful. Black plans to film his Doc Savage film in early 2017.
As some of you may already know, Doc Savage began life as a series of pulp novels and radio series back in the 1930s and '40s and was created by Henry Ralston, John Nanovic and Lester Dent in 1933. The character also found new life in multiple comic book series. From what The Rock says here, looks like the movie will be in good hands with Shane Black as director and co-writer and Johnson as the Man of Bronze. I dig it. Do you?
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(via Comic Book)