There’s not a whole lot Shane Black can’t get away with in Hollywood after turning the Iron Man franchise (back) into pure gold, so it appears the writer/director is planning to have some fun. And I mean meaningless, ridiculous, childish, pure fun.
Black’s confirmed “Iron Man 3” follow-up will hence not be “Iron Man 4”, but instead an adaptation of the Doc Savage pulp magazines and comics. Naturally, Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studios that opted the film and struck the deal with Shane Black, are dreaming of kicking another high-profile, financially profitable superhero franchise into gear, but that will likely be a little tricky.
Not that there’s not enough source material for a dozen of movies, but the character of Doc Savage is simply not very interesting. He’s often described as having a mix of Sherlock Holmes’ deductive abilities, Tarzan’s outstanding physical traits, Craig Kennedy’s scientific education, and Abraham Lincoln’s goodness.
Booooring, right? Maybe not Superman-like boring, as Clark Savage Jr. is not an indestructible out of this world superhero, but a man with near-superhuman abilities. Still, I honestly don’t see very much potential here.
And yet if there’s one guy who can make it a hit, it’s probably Shane Black. The “Lethal Weapon” creator and “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” and “Iron Man 3” helmer is to co-write and direct “Doc Savage”, with production to start at a still undefined point in the “near future”.