“It’s OFFICIAL,” Johnson teased.
“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,” he wrote. “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 Seven Bucks Productions’s producer Hiram Garcia on this Memorial Day weekend to chop up creative and break story on this very cool project.”
Johnson went on to explain the character was the inspiration for Superman, adding Savage has a “genius level intellect,” heightened senses “beyond comprehension” and is, in short, “the master of everything.”
“But here’s the #1 reason I’m excited to become Doc Savage.. HE’S A [expletive] HILARIOUS WEIRDO!” Johnson wrote.
“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,” the actor went on. “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.”
SOURCE: UPI – Karen Butler