More From Director Shane Black On DOC SAVAGE

More From Director Shane Black On DOC SAVAGE

Signing up to direct the upcoming Doc Savage adaptation after the highly successful Iron Man 3, Shane Black recently spoke to Collider about the 1930's setting in which the film will take place, and what the character means to him. Check it out!

We’re shooting it as though it’s in the 30s, including all the Capra-esque elements of 1930s films like You Can’t Take It With You. The idea of ‘What if Jimmy Stewart were a stone-cold killer?’ basically. It’s that kind of combination which we enjoy. Doc Savage is a personal film to me. It’s a 1930s pulp character so it hasn’t been around for 75 years or so, but people if they’re introduced to it they’ll get to know, hopefully, what I came to love as a kid. I’ve read those series for 43 years and always wanted to figure out how to crack it.

No release date has been confirmed for the upcoming project, but due to Black's love for the classic hero, it wouldn't be a surprise if we got some news soon regarding shooting dates and such. Stay tuned to CBM for more as the news follows!
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California - 6/29/2013, 12:34 AM
For a second, I thought this article was about Doc STRANGE
jerryblake - 6/29/2013, 12:44 AM
so no Shane's Black Iron Man 4 ? Guess it's a sad news day for comic book fans all over the world :)
Starkasm - 6/29/2013, 12:51 AM
Inb4 this becomes some thread full of IM3 hate.
jerryblake - 6/29/2013, 12:53 AM
wonder if Marvel would bring this guy for Iron Man 4 (if it ever gonna get made). Or Drew Pearce to write the script. It could end up with some sort of riots ;)
NeoBaggins - 6/29/2013, 12:55 AM
Sounds like he loves the character and holds a deep respect for the material. Good thing he doesn't have to watch someone else do the movie and rape the character into oblivion.
jerryblake - 6/29/2013, 12:57 AM

sarcasm ?

Jollem - 6/29/2013, 1:03 AM
doc savage's real name: clark savage jr.(robert downey jr. for clark savage jr.?)

he has an oath

"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."

remember: oaths are stupid :)

John Sunlight will turn out to be a nobody, red-herring, actor crackhead

fun fact: John Sunlight was the basis for Dr. Doom of marvel fame
113 - 6/29/2013, 1:14 AM

I misread it too and thought Shane Black had been given the director's chair for Doctor Strange. I was about LOL so hard.
FreedomFreeLife - 6/29/2013, 1:26 AM
Iron Man 3 plot:
In anger, Stark dares the terrorists to come and fight him… at his house… and gives them his address. Their response: They air strike his house and Stark isn’t even remotely ready for it. This has to be one of the dumbest plot decisions in superhero movie history.
Whiteandgold - 6/29/2013, 1:28 AM
iron man 3 sucks ass
MightyZeus - 6/29/2013, 1:30 AM
He's going to ruin another comic book character? Great.
CoulsonLives - 6/29/2013, 1:54 AM
Never heard of Doc Savage... Someone bring me up to speed...
Nubase - 6/29/2013, 1:59 AM
DocBantam - 6/29/2013, 2:07 AM
Coulsonlives.... Doc was a pulp character of the 30's along with the Shadow, Indiana Jones, The Rocketeer and The Phantom. He has no SUPER POWERS but has been raised to the peak of perfection at everything he does. He has a personal wealth of millions and lives in New York on top of the highest skyscraper there (i.e. The Empire State Building, though never specifically mentioned) Despite having no powers he has strange bronze eyes and a bronze skin and he has five 'aides' men who follow him everywhere - Renny, a massive engineer with huge fists, Monk a huge ape-like man, Ham a handsome and clever lawyer, Johnny a seven-foot beanpole Archaeologist, and Long Tom a skinny little guy who can beat up 5 guys at a time.
I am really psyched up for this one - like Black i have followed Doc for over thirty years and he is a GREAT character. Should be plenty of material, there are over 200 adventures with Doc
GetsugaTensho22 - 6/29/2013, 2:10 AM
Why would you misread it as Doc Strange?
holeymonkey - 6/29/2013, 2:21 AM
If anyone is looking for a good analogue to this character from recent years, Warren Ellis utilized his own version in Planetary, named Doc (Axel) Brass. Great series. Doc Savage is cool, and it's no coincidence that so many elements from the Batman mythology are based on this very cool character. Just don't go looking for that god-awful movie from 1975.
CoulsonLives - 6/29/2013, 2:27 AM
I see... I wasn't born during those years, so I don't know... XD
Sagart - 6/29/2013, 2:40 AM
Of course Doc Savage, The Phantom and The Shadow actually originated in the 30's, unlike Indy and the Rocketeer who were set in the 30's but originated in the 80's. I love stuff set in that era.
AmazingFantasy - 6/29/2013, 2:42 AM
the villain will be an actor
DocBantam - 6/29/2013, 3:02 AM
My cast as follows (Shane, take note!!) Josh Holloway as Doc, Jon Hamm as Renny, Marc Warren as Long Tom, Ben Wishaw as Johnny, Ron Perlman as Monk and Tom Hollander as Ham
MightyZeus - 6/29/2013, 3:04 AM
@Khan, by character i mean 'the mandarin'.
Bertel - 6/29/2013, 3:26 AM
I'd rather see him do that Death Note movie.
holeymonkey - 6/29/2013, 3:26 AM
I hope the villain is an object......
Tempo - 6/29/2013, 3:59 AM
After Iron Man 3 You Believe Your Career Is Safe?

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holeymonkey - 6/29/2013, 4:28 AM
IM3 was far more enjoyable to sit through than IM2..
I'd take Black over Favreau any day.
holeymonkey - 6/29/2013, 4:33 AM
I also hope PunyParker grasped the sarcasm inherent in my earlier comment,
loki668 - 6/29/2013, 4:42 AM
His arch-nemesis will be patina.
jessepostal - 6/29/2013, 5:11 AM
Im3 is the number ? Movie of all time. Pretty sure his career is safe :)
holeymonkey - 6/29/2013, 5:17 AM
There'd be no Doc Savage flick if not for IM3's success, or Shane Black's interest.
holeymonkey - 6/29/2013, 5:17 AM
lol loki
MexicanSexyman - 6/29/2013, 5:33 AM
Keep this guy away from deathnote, get David Fincher to it
TwiztidThorn - 6/29/2013, 5:34 AM
I guess I'm one of the few people that liked IM3 on here. It had problems, but I came away with a smile and sense of excitement.
DRMidNite - 6/29/2013, 5:42 AM
Shane Black? What are you, high?
jp688 - 6/29/2013, 5:49 AM
I read all the books as a kid. I love this character, can't wait to see the movie.
Ranger14 - 6/29/2013, 7:11 AM
TwisdidThorn@ my sentiments as well. I didn't know what the Mandarin twist was, but am actually glad in retrospect that they chose that route. Mandarin's story and character are much too complex to deal with in one film. The story of the rings, Mandarin and IM need two to three films to do it proper justice.
DocBantam - 6/29/2013, 8:00 AM
ahem - Areopagus - you are perhaps a little too generous, I remember as a kid watching that flick and it was, lets be honest, even then extremely camp. I hope that Black makes a more intelligent, adult version which respects the original material and the times and yet adds a touch of class and some more serious special effects (lets be honest, the green snake was a travesty!!)
quadrapioneer - 6/29/2013, 8:24 AM
When you are all going to die a horrible death...."we are all going to die a horrible death"
marvel72 - 6/29/2013, 9:13 AM
own this on dvd,sad i know.

symponywaffle - 6/29/2013, 9:23 AM
A Doc Savage FAQ page says, "One thing Doc Savage usually tries to avoid using is a gun. But make no mistake, Savage is an expert marksman and if need be, he will use a gun. Doc Savage will go to great lengths to avoid killing, but he has been known to kill when there were no alternatives." I hope this will make it into the movie. I had thought the Lone Ranger's bullets were originally made of silver to symbolize the preciousness of life and that he wouldn't shoot to kill, but I am apprehensive of the new movie's approach.
yinyangpalms - 6/29/2013, 9:34 AM
This reminds me of Joel Schumacher after Batman Forever. He had just made a piece of shit movie that somehow made money. So there was talk about what he would do next and he thought he had arrived. Then Batman And Robin came out and somehow people realized that he and Batman Forever had sucked all along. And he went back to the hole he crawled out of.
I see this happening again. Iron Man 3 was so bad its nearly impossible to pin down what its problems where because there were so, so many.

But as with Batman Forever some people just cant recognize shit when they see it. And so IM 3 makes a Billion bucks.
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