According to Variety, Shane Black, director of the incredible Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, will be bringing pulp icon Doc Savage to theaters for Columbia pictures. That sound you here is me screeching in excitement in the pitch of a small girl.
For those of you not in the know, Doc Savage was a popular character in the 1930s and 1940s and has been the protagonist in books, comics, radio shows, TV shows and even a movie or two. Known as "The Man of Bronze," Doc is a adventurer, explorer, inventor, scientist and surgeon with a skill set that includes photographic memory, martial arts mastery and a massive IQ. With his team, each of whom has their own specific abilities, in tow, he travels the world, fighting and defeating all sorts of evil. Doc and his team, while not having any outright "superpowers," really were the inspiration for most comic book superheroes.
The whole thing is dated and silly and Doc Savage himself is a "perfect" character with no flaws and he never makes any mistakes, but that doesn't stop the original pulps from being ridiculously fun, easy reads and completely worth your time. There's something inherently charming about a hero who can out-fight anyone, outsmart anyone and always has a gadget (that he invented!) on hand for every single potential situation that may arise.
Shane Black is smart enough to know how silly/awesome all of this is and I can imagine him making a film that is a combination of tongue-in-cheek humor and serious adventure. His Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang was one of the best films of 2005 and it's been way too long since he's been behind the camera. This is a guy who deserves to make a movie a year and to do whatever he wants.
Also, AICN is reporting that this will be a period piece, like the original stories. My anticipation just went up tenfold.