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It's safe to say that Shane Black is on a roll of late. In only his second directorial outing, Black was handed the keys to the Iron Man franchise. 'Iron Man 3' opened last weekend to monster box office numbers. Now it appears Black is making the leap from comic book heroes to pulp heroes. Sony Pictures has just closed a deal with Black to co-write and direct a big screen version of Doc Savage. Apparently, he has been working on a script for this movie since 2009, and was set to make it his sophomore directing effort until Marvel came calling. Doc Savage was a character popular in the 1930s and 1940s on both radio and in pulp magazines. The character was a font of abilities; super strength, disguises, he was a scientist, a surgeon, and an inventor. From his office in the Empire State Building, he and his team would battle supervillains across the world.
Hell yes! I'm not going to pretend I have a deep understanding of the Doc Savage character, but the description alone makes this seem like the perfect project for Shane Black. For one thing, it's clear he understands the character, given he's been working on the script for a long time and wanted to make Doc Savage's big screen debut his next film. I keep imagining what would have happened if Doc Savage had been Black's followup to 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.' With 'KKBB,' he was also exploring a pulp-style noir. In fact, a major plot device in the film involves a Doc Savage-esque series of novels featuring a character called Johnny Gossamer. You cross those elements with the more action/adventure aesthetics of an Iron Man movie and it would appear that Shane Black has struck gold, as will potentially anyone who buys a ticket. So now of course the question is who will be cast as the dashing lead here? My choice would be someone like Michael Fassbender or Jon Hamm.
What do you guys think? Does this project sound like a good fit for Shane Black? Who would you cast as Doc Savage?