Dwayne Johnson took to Instagram to announce that he has officially joined Shane Black's tale of "the world's first superhero", Doc Savage. The post, which you can read below, notes the actor's excitement at playing "A F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO!" Stoked for you, guy. But we have to ask: when does the Rock sleep? Image: Hosts Dwayne Johnson, left, and Kevin Hart perform at the MTV Movie Awards on 9 April 2016. (Kevork Djansezian/Pool Photo via AP)
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
The answer would appear to be "never", considering the amount of projects he's currently involved with (and the fact that he probably spends five to six hours a day — conservative estimate — in the gym). In addition to Doc Savage, these projects include:
- A sequel to earthquake thriller San Andreas, pegged as a more global story "focusing on the infamous Ring of Fire"
- HBO sports comedy Ballers, which returns for a second season this winter
- Rampage, based on the 1980s monster-themed video game, from the team behind San Andreas
- Spy-themed buddy comedy Central Intelligence, which is out June 30 (trailer below)
- South Pacific-set Disney animation Moana, out in the US in November
- Fast 8, the next instalment in the apparently endless series, due next April
- Baywatch, in which Johnson plays the David Hasselhoff role; due next May
- Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon, the latest in the Journey to the Center of the Earth franchise, due next June, with a Johnson-starring Journey 4 planned to follow
- A Jumanji remake which sounds like the weirdest thing ever
- Shazam!, with Johnson as Black Adam, not due until 2019 though the character may pop up sooner (maybe in the Justice League movie next year?)
- An action movie set in a skyscraper in China, called, uh, Skyscraper
- The Janson Directive, the first entry in a planned "universe of films based on the bestselling novels of Robert Ludlum"
Just a disclaimer — that list is probably incomplete, because by the time you read this, Johnson will no doubt have announced his involvement in even more movies, TV shows, signature YouTube channels, wrestling ventures, awards-show hosting gigs and who can guess what else. Hot take: the Rock is a clone. Discuss!