Not too many of us were alive during the pulp heyday of the 1930s through the 1950s, when newsstands were filled with magazines such as Thrilling Wonder Stories and Flying Aces. But Hollywood remembers just enough to say, "Hey, isn't it time for a reboot of pulp-fiction hero Doc Savage?" Shane Black is in talks to direct the upcoming movie. And now the potential movie has a potential star.
Chris Hemsworth has already proven he can play a supernaturally strong god, thanks to his many appearances as Thor. But for those who want a less godly but no less perfect hero, Hemsworth fits the bill physically. He's also capable of portraying Savage's other talents as well. As Collider notes, Savage is “a mix of Sherlock Holmes’ deductive abilities, Tarzan’s outstanding physical abilities, Craig Kennedy’s scientific education, and Abraham Lincoln’s goodness.” Let's not forget Indiana Jones' adventuring abilities, as well as his refusal to kill his enemies.
In other words, Savage, whose Doc Savage Magazine appeared in 1933, pre-Batmanned Batman by six years.
But unlike the fictional and real superstars that he's frequently compared to, Savage does not go it alone. He travels with a team of former World War I army buddies, each with his own specialty, who help the good doctor on his crime-fighting journey.
The writing is so of-the-time it's practically archaic today. The racism is as casual as the sexism, which is pretty much standard for its era. But if you can put all that aside, a look or listen to the fabulous Doc Savage in his many incarnations—magazine, books, radio programs and comics—will make you want to throw on your fedora.
Oh, and Doc Savage may have been based on a real person: author Lester Dent himself, who climbed mountains, explored the world in a schooner, earned a pilot's license and wrote 159 novels in 16 years.