Los Angeles: Its official now, Dwayne Johnson has been roped in to portray the classic comic book hero ‘Doc Savage’ in Shane Black’s new venture.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson recently took to his Facebook page to announce his portrayal as the classic comic book hero known as ‘Doc Savage’ in the upcoming big screen adaptation.

Doc Savage is a fictional character originally published in American pulp magazines during the 1930s and 1940s. He was created by publisher Henry W. Ralston and editor John L. Nanovic at Street & Smith Publications.

It's OFFICIAL: 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. 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 @sevenbucksprod's producer @hhgarcia41 on this Memorial Day weekend to chop up creative and break story on this very cool project. Comic book fans around the world know that the cool thing about "Doc" Savage is that he's the inspiration for Superman. First name Clark, called "Man of Bronze", retreats to his "Fortress of Solitude" in the Arctic etc etc. Doc was physically and mentally trained from birth by his father and a team of scientists to become the perfect human specimen with a genius level intellect. His heightened senses are beyond comprehension. He can even identify a women's perfume from half a mile away. He is literally the master of everything. But here's the #1 reason I'm excited to become Doc Savage.. HE'S A F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO! 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. 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. #ItsOfficial #WorldsFirstSuperhero #GeniusIntellect #PhysicalSpecimen #FnLoveableWeirdo #ManOfBronze #DocSavage

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However, Doc Savage is not a particularly well-known comic hero in the mainstream media, but his existence actually predates that of Superman himself and is a revered icon.

For those unfamiliar with the character, Clark “Doc” Savage, aka “The Man of Bronze”, had no special powers, but was trained his entire life to master skills in combat, tactics, and science to eventually become one of the world’s greatest adventure heroes.

Till date no synopsis or release date has been announced yet, but Johnson seems to be taking a liking to comic book adaptations, not only involving himself in ‘Savage’, but also the upcoming ‘Shazam’, where he will be portraying Captain Marvel’s evil counterpart, Black Adam.

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