CORE STORY: Dwayne Johnson signs on to play Doc Savage

Photo: Universal Pictures

Photo: Universal Pictures

Chris Luckett

Dwayne Johnson is adding another action franchise to his already-full plate.

Pulp magazine hero Doc Savage will be making his first journey to cinemas since 1975’s poorly received Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze, in a reboot co-written and directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, The Nice Guys).

On Monday, Johnson posted the announcement of his involvement to Instagram, similarly to his announcement two weeks ago about Jack Black joining him in the upcoming Jumanji remake.

First appearing in 1933, Doc Savage’s backstory involves what would become staples for many future superheroes, especially Superman and Batman.

A scientist, martial artist, scientist, inventor, physician, explorer, and detective, Savage was trained from birth by his father to develop near-superhuman abilities, for the fight of good. Longtime Doc Savage Magazine writer Lester Dent once described Savage as a blend of Sherlock Holmes’ mental abilities and Tarzan’s physical instincts.

“Here’s the #1 reason I’m excited to become Doc Savage,” Rock posted. “He’s a f—ing hilarious weirdo!”

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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

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Johnson is actually the second modern star to be attached to a Doc Savage production. Arnold Schwarzenegger was lined up to star as the superhero in 1999, but plans were scrapped when his attentions turned to California’s governorship.

Filming of Johnson’s version is expected to begin once Black completes his 2018 Predator reboot.

In the meantime, Johnson will keep busy filming San Andreas 2, Fast 8, Shazam, Rampage, The Janson Directive, Jumanji, and two more Journey to the Center of the Earth sequels — while somehow still finding time to promote his upcoming releases Central Intelligence, Moana, and Baywatch.

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