Dwayne Johnson is Doc Savage for Shane Black

Dwayne Johnson's Announcement

Fast 8 star Dwayne Johnson announced on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram on Monday that he has officially signed on as “the world’s first superhero,” Doc Savage in Shane Black’s upcoming film, which had been in development at Sony Pictures since 2013.

Thor actor Chris Hemsworth had previously been considered to play the “Man of Bronze” (real name Clark Savage, Jr.) the titular character in Doc Savage, a film about a fictional scientist/adventurer whose journeys thrilled pulp magazine fans in the ‘30s and ‘40s.

Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys director Black is working on the script with co-writers Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry. The film will reportedly start shooting in 2017, and will get released sometime in 2018.

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 #DocSavage

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You had my interest. Now, you.. well, I’m sorry, “the Rock” just isn’t Doc. Where is the hair?