Movie 'Doc Savage' Will Be Less Limited, Less Perfect, Says Director

Doc Savage Cover Shane Black Inset - P 2013
<p>Doc Savage Cover Shane Black Inset - P 2013</p>
The "Iron Man 3" director says that the movie incarnation of the pulp hero will be "more cerebral" but also "true to the series."

He succeeded in making Tony Stark a little more human in Iron Man 3, but can even Shane Black make the big-screen Doc Savage into a character that mainstream audiences will embrace? He's opened up about what he sees the character -- and his world -- becoming in the new movie.

"Obviously in the books, there's an element of goody-goody that we like," Black told IGN, "But that kind of perfect hero who never makes mistakes is great to a point, and the type of adventure and pulp it represents is so imitated. … We needed something more cerebral."

He went on: "We've beefed up the rationale behind what it would take to be the perfect person and to be trained as such from childhood and how that would scar someone and what it would take to be a parent who is capable of inflicting that on a kid. But beyond that, we're also trying to be true to the series."

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Of course, one thing that may cause more problems that writing a new Doc Savage is finding an actor to play the role. "They kind of gotta be tall. He's the perfect physical specimen and when people look at him, they're overawed by the sort of symmetry and perfection he exudes," explained Black. "You need someone magnetic and someone a little bit off because that's the fun of the character. He's been secluded from people and kept from any social niceties for so long that he's become a savant."

Black has been working on the movie since 2009, but in light of his success this summer with Marvel's third Iron Man movie, Sony stepped up the timeline on the project. Before the movie debuts, the character will return in comic book form, with a new series from Dynamite Entertainment launching in December.