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Dwayne Johnson to Play Pre-Superman Superhero Doc Savage

"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," Dwayne Johnson wrote on his Instagram account.

  | May 31, 2016 16:40 IST (Los Angeles)
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Highlights

  • Dwayne Johnson will be playing Doc Savage, superhuman with many powers
  • Shane Black, who last made Iron Man 3, will direct the film
  • Fictional character Doc Savage was reportedly the inspiration for Superma
Dwayne Johnson will soon be seen playing Doc Savage. The 44-year-old actor announced on Instagram that he will be playing "the world's first superhero."
 
 

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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Shane Black, who last made Iron Man 3, will be directing the project. He co-wrote the story with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, reported Entertainment Weekly Dwayne said he will also produce the film through his Seven Bucks Productions along with Hiram Garcia.
Doc Savage is the story of a man with super human abilities (he is a scientist, inventor, detective, musician and martial art expert). The character was originally published in American pulp magazine in the Thirties and the Forties.

 
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