The Rock To Play ‘Weirdo’ Superhero Doc Savage in New Movie

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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The Rock to play Doc Savage in new movie

If you know anything about the history of comic books, and especially the history of Superman, you will have heard of Doc Savage. Savage was the hero of a series of pulp magazines published in the 1930s and 40s but, more importantly, was actually thought of as ‘the world’s first superhero’ and the partial inspiration for Superman.

Well, at least according to The Rock, aka Dwayne Johnson, who uploaded an Instagram photo today with a long caption that basically announced he would be making a movie about the ‘weirdo’ Doc Savage.

According to The Rock’s Instagram, he is going to be starring in the film, which will be directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and co-written by Black, Chuck Mondry and Anthony Bagarozzi. He will also co-produce the film.

“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.” said The Rock.

Yep, Dwayne’s is definitely excited about this new project. And, frankly, it does sound kind of cool.