It seems somewhat odd that in this era of superhero movie domination, we have yet to see Dwayne Johnson headline as a bona fide comic book superhero. He’s played plenty of heroic figures in fun action-adventure films, but the actual superhero genre has yet to snag the former wrestler. He has long been associated with the DC title Shazam!, but with this remaining unconfirmed and unannounced, it has been left to an entirely different creative team to apparently lock him in: director Shane Black and his adaptation of Doc Savage.
While it has not been officially announced, Dwayne Johnson seems to have dropped a sizeable hint about his involvement in a Doc Savage project via his Instagram account.
Finding our anchor. When I’m shooting on location I always need a space where I can work and keep building the enterprise. Here in Georgia this has been my space for months now. Keepin’ it country. Every film, TV show, partnership and project we develop gets handled from here. When I feel good about it, it goes in the pile to the left that clearly reflects my OCD. When I’m still making adjustments, it stays on the pile on the right. All contracts that need signing remain in the middle. On the iPad I’m reading an outline for a cool movie I’ll make in 2017 (with director Shane Black) and when I get tired and need a lil’ pick me up, the shaker cup holds a special shot of energy – Elk piss. The more complicated our lives get, the more we need simple spaces like this to anchor us. In simplistic terms, find your work space and anchor to help you keep your shit together. #AndDontTryDrinkingElkPiss #IWasKidding #ItsLionBlood ?⚓️
With director Shane Black having previously discussed his desire to make a Doc Savage movie in 2017 with Johnson in the title role, it doesn’t take much detective work to connect the dots and draw a fairly clear conclusion that Johnson is all in for the adaptation of this character.
Doc Savage appeared in American pulp magazines in the 1930s and 1940s, and was created by Henry W. Ralston and John L. Nanovic. Actually named Clark Savage Jr., he was a man of many talents – including undertaking adventures as a scientist, inventor, explorer and researcher. The main thrust of his story, however, is that his father trained him to have almost superhuman abilities – which means this Shane Black-Dwayne Johnson partnership has franchise written all over it.