Via his Instagram account, The Rock has announced that he will be Doc Savage for director Shane Black!
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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
That is The Rock’s whole post confirming his casting.
I think that this is a fantastic pairing. Dwayne Johnson has proven that he is more than just “The Rock” and that he can be a boon to several major franchises. He specifically brought a new boost of energy to the FAST & FURIOUS franchise when it needed it the most. That gave us the franchise’s best entry, FAST FIVE.
However, The Rock has been less fortunate in his solo efforts. SAN ANDREAS was a huge mess and didn’t get to show how wonderful of a performer Johnson truly is. He definitely needs to be paired with a writer/director who will be able to bring out the best in him.
I don’t think there is any chance that Shane Black isn’t that writer/director.
The mastermind behind the LETHAL WEAPON franchise, KISS KISS BANG BANG, and IRON MAN THREE (not to mention THE NICE GUYS, which I still need to see!) is writing and directing a classic action/adventure yarn for The Rock. That’s a terrific sentence. Reading how Johnson describes the character above only heightens my anticipation.
I have no idea when DOC SAVAGE comes out. I can only promise that it’s not soon enough.