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Shane Black promises a faithful yet more cerebral version of Doc Savage

Sep. 17, 2013by: Alex Maidy

With IRON MAN 3's huge box office, Shane Black is finally getting the chance to make his dream project a reality: the DOC SAVAGE movie. The pulp fiction character is INDIANA JONES meets James Bond and Sherlock Holmes. He has not had a proper studio adventure in decades and has floundered in development hell until Black finally got him on track at Sony.

That was back in May right after IRON MAN 3 debuted. Now, Shane Black is sharing some more details on the developing project and told IGN about the changes he has planned for the classic character:

"Obviously in the books, there's an element of goodie-goodie that we like. But that kind of perfect hero who never makes mistakes is great to a point, and the type of adventure and pulp it represents is so imitated We needed something more cerebral."

"We've beefed up the rationale behind what it would take to be the perfect person and to be trained as such from childhood and how that would scar someone and what it would take to be a parent who is capable of inflicting that on a kid. But beyond that, we're also trying to be true to the series."

As you can see above, DOC SAVAGE has a very unique physical appearance. What does that mean for potential actors to play the hero?

"They kind of gotta be tall. He's the perfect physical specimen and when people look at him, they're overawed by the sort of symmetry and perfection he exudes. You need someone magnetic and someone a little but off because that's the fun of the character. He's been secluded from people and kept from any social niceties for so long that he's become a savant."

It sounds like a lot of Tony Stark will inhabit the role, but that also sounds quite a bit like Benedict Cumberbatch's take on Sherlock Holmes on the BBC series SHERLOCK. I am not sure I can picture someone who could take on that role that hasn't already played a similar character already. But, this is also not a part for a younger actor. I trust that Shane Black will find someone with enough acting ability and physical presence to take on the part. Maybe his IRON MAN 3 cast-member James Badge Dale?

Source: IGN

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1:53PM on 09/19/2013
I lost a considerable amount of faith in Shane Black after Iron Man 3. Mandarin as a drunk old pervert? How could he?? However based on his older works such as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and the Lethal Weapon series, I'm still willing to go down to the cinema and watch his movie.
I lost a considerable amount of faith in Shane Black after Iron Man 3. Mandarin as a drunk old pervert? How could he?? However based on his older works such as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and the Lethal Weapon series, I'm still willing to go down to the cinema and watch his movie.
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2:44PM on 09/18/2013

so, here's the thing:

First, this could be awesome and Black rules. Now then, Here is your criteria for Savage: tall, perfect physique, handsome, mixed race (his mother was a native girl, that is why he has the bronze colored skin), charming, articulate, imposing, equally at home in a tux or khakis, natural leader, charismatic...for me, it has Dwayne Johnson written all over it
First, this could be awesome and Black rules. Now then, Here is your criteria for Savage: tall, perfect physique, handsome, mixed race (his mother was a native girl, that is why he has the bronze colored skin), charming, articulate, imposing, equally at home in a tux or khakis, natural leader, charismatic...for me, it has Dwayne Johnson written all over it
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10:39AM on 09/18/2013
I love Doc Savage - I have the pulps, a statue etc. Great Character - his name is Clark Savage and has a Fortress of Solitude - before Superman did - i wonder if that will make it in there.
I love Doc Savage - I have the pulps, a statue etc. Great Character - his name is Clark Savage and has a Fortress of Solitude - before Superman did - i wonder if that will make it in there.
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6:48AM on 09/18/2013
A complex Doc Savage might work. Afterall, look at the Marvel characters. They are superheroes who have problems and personalities, and people love them for their complex psyches. People love Batman over at DC for the same reasons.
HOWEVER, Black realizes hopefully that a goodie-goodie superhero would be a different movie character than the usual in today's particularly cynical culture. Remember, Spider-Man was a huge hit back in 2002 partially because he was so damn inspiring. People seek
A complex Doc Savage might work. Afterall, look at the Marvel characters. They are superheroes who have problems and personalities, and people love them for their complex psyches. People love Batman over at DC for the same reasons.
HOWEVER, Black realizes hopefully that a goodie-goodie superhero would be a different movie character than the usual in today's particularly cynical culture. Remember, Spider-Man was a huge hit back in 2002 partially because he was so damn inspiring. People seek such a character and story at times. Doc Savage could be another white-hat like that, especially if his movie is PG-13. If the film is R-rated, then, Black should pursue his present plan.
Shane Black should pursue his present plan anyway. He knows more about film-making than I do. I am just the potential consumer and audience.
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1:32AM on 09/18/2013
Luckily I don't think Doc Savage has some crazy fan following, which is good because when Shane Black slips a roofie to Savage and then continue to rape his character.. We won't have to listen to but hurt fanboys bitching all summer!

The casting will be what makes or breaks this for me.
Luckily I don't think Doc Savage has some crazy fan following, which is good because when Shane Black slips a roofie to Savage and then continue to rape his character.. We won't have to listen to but hurt fanboys bitching all summer!

The casting will be what makes or breaks this for me.
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11:23PM on 09/17/2013

here's an idea

Gerard butler or clive owen they'd have to buff up and what not but they could make it work maybe
Gerard butler or clive owen they'd have to buff up and what not but they could make it work maybe
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11:16PM on 09/17/2013
Let's hope he makes this film more enjoyable than that mess that was "Iron Man 3" and he doesn't shit all over the characters in this thing like he did with Mandarin.
Let's hope he makes this film more enjoyable than that mess that was "Iron Man 3" and he doesn't shit all over the characters in this thing like he did with Mandarin.
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10:50PM on 09/17/2013
Doc Savage reminds me of Arnold Schwarzenegger's character in Twins. Not that Twins was the Doc Savage movie we never had (nor was it a good movie at all), but the background plot in that movie where a team of scientist created a physically perfect specimen that has an above average intellect and talented in any field known to man is strikingly similar with Doc Savage's concept.

Now, I'm surprised Doc Savage never got made when Arnie was in top shape, considering that he played a similar
Doc Savage reminds me of Arnold Schwarzenegger's character in Twins. Not that Twins was the Doc Savage movie we never had (nor was it a good movie at all), but the background plot in that movie where a team of scientist created a physically perfect specimen that has an above average intellect and talented in any field known to man is strikingly similar with Doc Savage's concept.

Now, I'm surprised Doc Savage never got made when Arnie was in top shape, considering that he played a similar type of character (albeit in a much reviled movie).
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9:17PM on 09/17/2013
From the Man of Iron to the Man of Bronze!
From the Man of Iron to the Man of Bronze!
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8:50PM on 09/17/2013
I don't know Doc Savage. But I wonder how necessary it is to touch deeply on his back story. Think about Indiana Jones, until the third movie we didn't know much about what made him who he was, but it was all there in the banter and the way he was played. I just hope Black doesn't get all existential and psychological with it. Some character work better in broad strokes, and I get the feeling Savage might be one of them.
I don't know Doc Savage. But I wonder how necessary it is to touch deeply on his back story. Think about Indiana Jones, until the third movie we didn't know much about what made him who he was, but it was all there in the banter and the way he was played. I just hope Black doesn't get all existential and psychological with it. Some character work better in broad strokes, and I get the feeling Savage might be one of them.
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8:13PM on 09/17/2013
I'll admit I don't know much about the character, but the image at top looks just like Josh Brolin.
I'll admit I don't know much about the character, but the image at top looks just like Josh Brolin.
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7:57PM on 09/17/2013
It sounds a little like a more dramatic version of Dr. Venture
It sounds a little like a more dramatic version of Dr. Venture
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7:54PM on 09/17/2013
Interested to see what Black does with this, given it's such a passion project for him. Wonder if it will be set during Christmas time? Just kidding. Sort of.
Interested to see what Black does with this, given it's such a passion project for him. Wonder if it will be set during Christmas time? Just kidding. Sort of.
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6:50PM on 09/17/2013
Hugh Jackman or Michael fassbender
Hugh Jackman or Michael fassbender
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6:47PM on 09/17/2013

Chris Hemsworth.

Done.
Done.
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5:23PM on 09/17/2013
I guess now Schwarzenegger's too old they are having to rethink the character a little. Shame he never got the chance to do it.
I guess now Schwarzenegger's too old they are having to rethink the character a little. Shame he never got the chance to do it.
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