In a recent interview with IGN, Shane Black talked about the intricacies behind choosing the right lead for the upcoming big screen adaptation of Doc Savage, providing fans with an idea on what they can expect from the film. For the uninitiated, Doc Savage is described as the “perfect human,” who was trained in both body and mind since birth by a team of scientists in order to achieve near-superhuman capabilities.
“Obviously in the books there’s an element of ‘goody goody’ that we like,” says Black. “But we needed something more, so we beefed up the sort of rationale behind what it would take to be a perfect person and to be trained as such from childhood and how that would scar someone.”
Regarding casting the lead, Black admits that they have not chosen anyone yet, but he does have a set criteria for the kind of physical attributes that the actor should have:
“Here’s the problem,” explains Black, “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 that he exudes.”
“I don’t know that you could use, like, James McAvoy as Doc Savage. You couldn’t do it. He’s a fine actor, but we need someone big. Back in the day Schwarzenegger was talked about to play Doc Savage. I don’t know who we’d get.”