News has filtered through that Hollywood heavyweight Dwayne Johnson is gearing up to bring the world’s first superhero Doc Savage (aka Man of Bronze) to the big screen in an epic blockbuster remake.
Confirming the exciting news earlier this afternoon via his Instagram account, Johnson shared some of the plans for the upcoming project with his 53 million followers;
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
The Fast & Furious star will team up with Iron Man 3 director Shane Black to bring the world’s first superhero to life – seen by many as the main inspiration for Superman, Doc Savage was almost a rough cut of the character that would eventually become the Man of Steel.
First seen in 1933, Doc Savage was almost the perfect human – training his mind and body to the sheer limits of what is humanly possible. Strength, intelligence, martial arts…his personal qualities would also help shape the character that would eventually be known as Batman. His influence on shaping the superhero genre has also seen him become known as the ‘superhero Godfather’, appearing in comics, TV shows, and movies over the last six decades, and remains to this date, the only character to appear in both Marvel and DC Comics.
Cast, plot and release date for Doc Savage are all still unknown as the project is only in the early stages of pre-production, but Dwayne Johnson has confirmed that he will be taking on the title role.
More to follow.