Doc Savage, the classic character from the era of pulp comics and novels is reportedly set to be reinvigorated on the big screen and he'll have the help of the director behind the newly-crowned second-best summer opener of all time. Yes, Iron Man 3 director, Shane Black has officially boarded this Sony Pictures adaptation, looking to break new ground with a genre franchise to shape for himself.
Your average Joe in the street may not be familiar with Doc Savage, but in actuality, he's one of the oldest comic book type characters around. Making his debut in 1933, the character would manifest through an array of comics, novels, radio dramas, and yes, films. Born under the name, Clark Savage Jr., the chiseled-jaw, bronze-skinned, widow's-peak-wearing character is a master-of-all-trades prodigy raised from birth to be, among other things, a physician, scientist, surgeon, and inventor with exceptional strength and martial arts skills. However, his primary function in life is to fulfill that adventurous, exploratory, and overtly cosmopolitan spirit usually shared with characters in the era of serial films. (An old-fashioned idea to which George Lucas paid tribute with Indiana Jones.) While there have been numerous attempts to resurrect the character in various mediums, even with DC putting out a crossover comic with Batman in 2009, the 1975 box-office bomb of a feature film called Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze remains the most notable major attempt to bring him back into the mainstream.
Now, Doc Savage may have his best chance to break that wall with Shane Black at the helm. Riding high off Iron Man 3's $174.1 million opening weekend (the second best ever and only behind the $207.4 million debut of The Avengers), Black, previously known only as a screenwriter of well-known action films like the Lethal Weapon series, has now established himself as a truly bankable big-name director. Certainly, the script, co-written by Black with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry should carry the adventurous spirit of the source material while updating the cheesy 1930's ideals of perfection that the character seemed to embody.
Doc Savage looks for more ways to make its main character seem like a walking fake eHarmony profile when it hits theaters at a time to be determined.