Pass The Popcorn: Dwayne Johnson To Play 'Doc Savage' In New Shane Black Film
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wants to be the hardest working actor in Hollywood. With television (HBO’s Ballers) and the big screen (Central Intelligence) on lock for the summer, Johnson is adding another project to his healthy itinerary. Announced through his Instagram, the Baywatch star confirmed that he would starring in Shane Black‘s (The Nice Guys, Iron Man 3) upcoming Doc Savage.
Called the world’s first superhero by comic book fans, Doc Savage was the inspiration for the blue boy scout, Superman. “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,” Johnson wrote through his IG account. “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, et cetera, et cetera,” he added.
With the official confirmation out in the world, this makes Rocky’s summer 2016 into fall and winter quite busy. The aforementioned projects — Ballers, Central Intelligence and Baywatch aside — The Rock is also filming the eighth Fast and Furious movie, which should mark the spinoff of his character, Luke Hobbs. “After speaking for hours with Shane Black, I can see why the creator of Superman took only the best parts of Doc Savage and left the ‘weirdo’ parts behind,” Johnson said. “But to us, it’s that ‘weirdo’ part that makes Clark ‘Doc’ Savage dope!”
First published in pulp magazines in the 1930s, Clark ‘Doc’ Savage was a physician, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher and musician. He was originally played by Ron Ely in Doc Savage: Man of Bronze in 1975.