From The Rock To The Doc: Dwayne Johnson Confirms He’ll Be Playing Doc Savage

When director Shane Black announced he’d be working on a modern live-action adaptation of Doc Savage, attention immediately turned to the important matter of who could fill such iconic shoes, with one stand out contender: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

The wrestler was born to play the “Man of Bronze,” a sentiment clearly shared by the man himself, who today took to his Instagram page to confirm he’ll be taking on the leading role.

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A Superhuman Weirdo?


Along with a picture posted of him with the crew from the movie — including and the writing team — Johnson added a detailed breakdown of his admiration for the character, as well as his humorous motivation for accepting the role, writing:

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!

So, as well as being a bit of a weirdo, what else does Doc Savage offer? The comic book character made his debut in 1933. Named Clark Savage, Jr., he was a scientist and explorer (amongst other things) who was trained by his father and a team of scientists to develop borderline superhuman abilities. He was even the inspiration for Superman.

Black’s feature film will be set in the 1930s, with shooting set to begin in early 2017.

Do you think Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will make a good Doc Savage?