Up until Ironman 3 Shane Black was one of my favorite writers and directors. Now? I’m a bit weary. His treatment of the Mandarin was unconscionable. There were so many impressive moments in Ironman 3 and so much abject failure towards the end of the movie. It really made me stop and evaluate my avuncular feeling toward Black.
Regardless of how I feel, Ironman 3 made a boatload of money. And as such, the kingmakers that be have given Black a chance to make another movie. He’s selected Doc Savage, one of his favorite pulp heroes, to bring to the screen. I too am a massive Doc Savage fan, so I’m slightly uneasy about Black tackling another one of my favorite characters and doing them injustice.
Black recently sat down with IGN and had this to say:
“Obviously in the books, there’s an element of goodie-goodie that we like. 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.”
“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.”
And when asked about the physical requirements to play Clark Savage Jr he said:
“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. You need someone magnetic and someone a little but 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.”
Nothing Black said in the interview made me more nervous or more confident in his abilities to bring Doc Savage to the screen. We’ll see what happens going forwards.