As of this writing Iron Man 3 has made $711 million around the world after having been out for less than two weeks. Sure, it was bound to make a boatload of money no matter who actually directed the film, but the reason it's making cash hand over fist and people actually love the movie is because of writer-director Shane Black and his knack for action heroes. The Lethal Weapon and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang writer hasn't been a Hollywood hit maker for over a decade, but he's certainly back on top now, and a box office haul as big as IM3's means his next movie gets to be whatever he wants. So what does he want? More superheroes, naturally.
After wanting to make a movie about the character for some time, Shane Black has signed on for Doc Savage, a hero from pulp magazines and comics dating back to 1933. In the original source material, which spanned everything from magazines to comics to radio serials, Doc Savage was basically a Swiss army knife of a man. He was a genius, a scientist, a detective, a fighter, an explorer and a master of disguise who had been trained by birth by a team of scientists to be more human than human. He traveled the world romancing women and saving the day from all manner of man and beast, all while adhering to this 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.
Sounds like the ultimate Boy Scout. No wonder Shane Black wants to make a movie about him.
As of right now there's no confirmation if Black's film, which he cowrote with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, is a period piece or if it'll take place in modern times, but we do know that Sony plans on it being the start of a franchise. So, let the fan casting begin. Even if you're not familiar with Doc Savage, who would you like to see Black turn into the world's golden-boy hero?
For an idea of what kind of adventures Doc Savage got up to back in the day, just check out these awesome covers. Here's hoping Sony lets Black and company run wild with material like this.