May 31 2016

Dwayne Johnson signs on to play Doc Savage

After lots of speculation and hope, Dwayne Johnson has confirmed that he will be playing Doc Savage in a new film.

Writer and director Shane Black has commented numerous times that he wants to make a new Doc Savage film and the only person alive he felt could do it was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Earlier this year Black said it was going to happen and would film in 2017, but then things went silent again.

All that changed on Memorial Day as Johnson personally confirmed the casting and news.

I have to agree with Black, Johnson is indeed the right person to play “The Man of Bronze.”

If you are unfamiliar with Doc Savage, you’re forgiven. He was a pulp character created in 1933 by Lester Dent. The character was a huge success at the time and has been named many times as an inspiration in part for Superman which would come along later that decade. You can also see some of Savage’s DNA in one of my favorite films of the 1980s, The Adventure of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.

Doc Savage is a bit of everything, and we’ll turn to his bio on Wikipedia for ease:

Doc Savage’s real name was Clark Savage, Jr. He was a physician, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher, and, as revealed in The Polar Treasure, a musician. A team of scientists assembled by his father deliberately trained his mind and body to near-superhuman abilities almost from birth, giving him great strength and endurance, a photographic memory, a mastery of the martial arts, and vast knowledge of the sciences. Doc is also a master of disguise and an excellent imitator of voices. “He rights wrongs and punishes evildoers.” Dent described the hero as a mix of Sherlock Holmes’ deductive abilities, Tarzan’s outstanding physical abilities, Craig Kennedy’s scientific education, and Abraham Lincoln’s goodness.

Savage is assisted by five assistants known as The Fabulous Five in some stories, and it has been confirmed they will be a part of the film. Black has also stated that the film will be set in the 1930s like the original stories.

No release date has been set for the film yet, but you can already count me as excited. Savage is a character that no longer gets his due for the influence he had on so many of our current characters. It also doesn’t hurt that Dent was from La Plata, Missouri, just 15 miles down the road from me. Once, in Junior High, I got to go with the school’s book club to meet his widow and see his home. Dent had collected a weird assortment of artifacts over the years and it almost felt like stepping in to a home Savage himself would live in in his later years. It definitely left an impression on me.

Johnson has a very full filming plate right now, so it will be interesting to see when this movie is finally announced.

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