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Shane Black has wanted to get a Doc Savage movie off the ground for years, and now thanks to the massive success of Iron Man 3 it seems he'll finally get his wish. The Wrap report that Sony Pictures Entertainment has closed its deal with the director to co-write and direct a brand new adaptation of the classic hero. Doc Savage "The Man Of Bronze" was originally created for American pulp magazines during the 1930s and 1940s but has since gone on to become something of a pop culture icon, appearing in various radio shows, comics and movies.

Here's a character biography courtesy of Wikipedia.

Doc Savage's real name was Clark Savage, Jr. He was a physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher, and, as revealed in The Polar Treasure, a musician. A team of scientists assembled by his father deliberately trained his mind and body to near-superhuman abilities almost from birth, giving him great strength and endurance, a photographic memory, a mastery of the martial arts, and vast knowledge of the sciences. Doc is also a master of disguise and an excellent imitator of voices. "He rights wrongs and punishes evildoers." Dent described the hero as a mix of Sherlock Holmes' deductive abilities, Tarzan's outstanding physical abilities, Craig Kennedy's scientific education, and Abraham Lincoln's goodness. Dent described Doc Savage as manifesting "Christliness." Doc's character and world-view is displayed in his oath, which goes as follows:

"Let me strive every moment of my life to make myself better and better, to the best of my ability, that all may profit by it. Let me think of the right and lend all my assistance to those who need it, with no regard for anything but justice. Let me take what comes with a smile, without loss of courage. Let me be considerate of my country, of my fellow citizens and my associates in everything I say and do. Let me do right to all, and wrong no man."

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Massive success? In what universe a movie as bad as Iron Man 3 can be considered a massive success?

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Man... I'm old enough to remember the Doc Savage movie. It was AWESOME when I was a kid.

By today's standards... not so much. lol

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Massive success? In what universe a movie as bad as Iron Man 3 can be considered a massive success?

I haven't seen it (or any Iron Man, actually, Marvel movie), but it's #1 at the box office and getting solid reviews.

So that's how.

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I haven't seen it (or any Iron Man, actually, Marvel movie), but it's #1 at the box office and getting solid reviews.

So that's how.

it's really getting solid reviews? :|

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Big fan of Robbie Savage on 606, so this is great news. ;)

(one for all the sports fans...)

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I read all the doc savage novels when I was a kid. You know the author was really a pen name? There were several authors of the novels... You can see the overlap between DS and Superman with the "fortress of solitude", and other aspects of him... his mind, his physical prowess...

They were great old stories...

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it's really getting solid reviews? :|

Seems to be.

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it's really getting solid reviews? :|

Tomatometer: 78% critics, 83% viewers

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He must have a really interesting take on this material, because Doc Savage is pretty damn lackluster by today's standards. I think this is a doomed vanity project for Shane.

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Tomatometer: 78% critics, 83% viewers

wtf?

Faith in the public totally destroyed.

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wtf?

Faith in the public totally destroyed.

I thought IM3 was the weakest Marvel yet (yeah even weaker than Cap and I hated that movie so much)

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Man... I'm old enough to remember the Doc Savage movie. It was AWESOME when I was a kid.

By today's standards... not so much. lol

A bit OT but worth noting is the golden plane Doc flew in the '70's film. A poster (newsartist) on an aerospace forum posted this -

There is a backstory to the gold Lockheed 12 used in the '70s Doc Savage.....

Airshow pilot Art Scholl, (killed filming 'Top Gun',) flew the movie sequences for 'Doc', and did aerobatic shows with it for promotion.

One hot day at Abbotsford, I asked him if he knew the story of Sydney Cotton, who flew the first combat photo-recon mission of WW-II in his personal Lockheed. Art's jaw dropped "THIS is Cotton's airplane!"

A non-printable reply escaped my lips, and Art then dragged me into the "Doc Savage", pulled a couple panels, and showed me the mods for the cameras.

This could be, (twist my arm,) a dedicated thread about Sidney Cotton.

He invented modern photo recon, without which we would have lost the war. So many true heroes are lost in the mass of history published! :(

From a Lockheed 10/12 roster website:

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S/N 1203, N12EJ - First registered as NC16077 to Continental Oil Co. in 1936 - became famous as G-AFTL when flown by Sidney Cotton who used it for spying on the German's during World War Two - later owned by airshow pilot Art Scholl and flown in numerous movies - Doc Savage, Amelia Earhart, Spencer's Pilots, The Life of Howard Hughes. Currently registered to Runyan family of Vancouver, WA.

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http://superherohype.com/news/articles/179275-shane-black-updates-on-doc-savage-movie

It was announced back in May that Iron Man 3 director Shane Black would be bringing pulp hero Doc Savage to the big screen in a feature film adaptation. Little has been said about the project since then, but Black has now elaborated more on the film in an interview with IGN.

"Obviously in the books there's an element of 'goody goody' that we like. Doc Savage was the basis essentially for Superman because his name is Clark, he has a fortress of solitude, and 'oh Superman has the same thing, that's odd.' But that kind of perfect hero who never makes mistakes him great to a point and that type of adventure and the pulp it represents has been so immitated. Raiders of the Lost Ark is essentially a child of Doc Savage. But we needed something more.

"So we kept it in the 30s, we beefed up the sort of rationale behind what it would take to be a 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 your kid. But beyond that we've also tried to be true to the series, give him the helpers and it's also reinvigorating it but introducing a whole new brand of people to this is a challenge. It's been around, it's been 75 years."

The subject then changed to casting, and Black explains why there hasn't been much talk about casting since the announcement.

"Here's the problem: 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 that he exudes. I don't know that you could use like James McAvoy as Doc Savage. You couldn't do it. He's a fine actor, but we need someone big. Back in the day Schwarzenegger was talked about to play Doc Savage. I don't know who we'd get."

The idea of Thor's Chris Hemsworth as Doc Savage was brought up, to which Black replied, "That's not a bad idea. What's he doing?"

Black will direct the Doc Savage film for Sony Pictures from a script he has co-written with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry. Neal H. Moritz is producing the project with Ori Marmur through his Original Film banner. Michael Uslan will also serve as a producer on the film. No release date is currently set.

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The idea of Thor's Chris Hemsworth as Doc Savage was brought up, to which Black replied, "That's not a bad idea. What's he doing?"

 

I honestly hope they find someone new, not because I hate Hemsworth but I see him as Thor now.

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