A couple of weeks ago, Dwayne Johnson — otherwise known as “The Rock” to his hardcore wrestling fans — teased his involvement in “a cool movie I’ll make in 2017 with director Shane Black.” The Nice Guys director has long been attached to a film adaptation of the classic character, and his preference for Johnson has been known since March. So when the Central Intelligence actor teased the project in May, it seemed his casting was all but officially confirmed. Thanks to yet another Instagram post by Johnson, however, we can now add the word “officially” before the word “confirmed,” because Doc Savage is definitely one of the many things The Rock will be cooking in the next few years.
Per Variety, Johnson announced the project via Instagram on Memorial Day with a photo of himself, Black, co-writers Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry, and Johnson’s producer Hiram Garcia discussing the project. As the actor put it, he’s fascinated with Savage due to his being a “perfect human specimen with a genius level intellect,” “heightened senses” and awesomely weird abilities, like that “he can… identify a women’s perfume from half a mile away.”
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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
“He is literally the master of everything,” writes Johnson, emphasizing that his main attraction to the character isn’t his Superman-like qualities (or the fact that he inspired the original Superman/Clark Kent character in Action Comics). Rather, Johnson loves Savage because “he’s a f*cking hilarious weirdo” who “has zero social graces whatsoever.”
Along with Central Intelligence, which is due this summer, Baywatch and Fast and Furious 8 next summer, and a gazillion other projects, Johnson himself may embody all of Savage’s superheroic qualities from a professional standpoint if he manages to pull off Black’s Doc Savage via his insanely productive schedule.