Iconic comic book hero Doc Savage is getting the Hollywood treatment, and the upcoming film’s director, Shane Black, thinks he knows who would be great in the role. “Here’s the problem,” said Black during a recent interview with IGN
, in regards to casting the titular role.
“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 he exudes. I don't know that you could use like a 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.”
When the interviewer suggested Chris Hemsworth
might be perfect for the role, Black nodded. “That’s not a bad idea!” he agreed. “You need someone magnetic and someone a little bit ‘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."
Black also shed some light on the details of the film. “We needed something more cerebral,” said Black. “We've kept it in the 30s. 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. Give him the helper, while also reinvigorating it, and introducing a whole new brand of people to this is a challenge, because it's been around for 75 years.”
As a life-long fan of the franchise, Black is the perfect director to helm the Doc Savage
film. “I've read all of [the Doc Savage comics],” said Black. “I love them. I read my first one 45 years ago. I love Doc Savage and hope everyone comes to see it. “
Though Black’s been working on the Doc Savage adaptation since 2009, the Iron Man 3
director and Sony have recently stepped up production on the film. Until then, look for an all-new Doc Savage comic book, launching in December from Dynamite!