Friday, September 20, 2019

Doc Savage and OMAC



There have been some mention about Doc Savage headed to the big screen over the years, but nothing ever really seems to pick up any steam.  I remember Arnold Schwarzenegger being mentioned for the role years ago, and more recently The Rock has been suggested to take it on.  Alas, Ron Ely remains the only live action Doc Savage that I know of.  If handled properly, it could be a great cross between superhero movies and Indiana Jones-style cliffhangers.

13 comments:

jlbgriggs2 said...

That's the catch...if handled properly. And you're right. Ron Ely is Doc Savage to me as well. Several years ago, I tutored a boy with the last name Ely. I brought up to him about Ron. He mentioned that Ron was his uncle. I was surprised and asked if he would say hi. I remembered Ron as Tarzan and Doc. He did and mentioned that his uncle thought people had forgotten about him. No. Many still remember.

Ross said...

He was Tarzan too!

det_Tobor said...

I believe he also played Kal-el on the Superboy series. One of the parallel Earth stories had him as an older Kal-el.

Carycomic said...

Doc Savage was, indeed, the trend-setter for many of today's comic superheroes. Not only Superman. But, also Golden Agers like the now-public domain Tom Strange (nee Hugo) and Capt. Battle (imagine Nick fury dressed like Captain America...but with Doc's IQ).

det_Tobor said...

Ron has also ben on

1991Superboy (TV Series)
Superman
- The Road to Hell: Part 2 (1991) ... Superman

Wonder Woman (TV Series)
Bill Michaels
- The Deadly Sting (1978) ... Bill Michaels

ain't info data bases great?

Bob Greenwade said...

I was looking to see if the Man of Bronze had been featured with the Man of Steel, and I found it rather quickly (#2329 ). Then I also saw the Phantom and the Shadow, and I thought, what if all three of them (Doc Savage, the Phantom, and the Shadow) were to share an adventure together? Throw in Tarzan and the Green Hornet, and you have a team of the greatest heroes of the pre-superhero era.

Jay Johnson said...

Back before he became so overexposed, The Rock probably would have made a decent Doc. Now everybody would be expecting another "Rock bulls his way through Yet Another Disaster to save his kids" movie, which isn't what a Doc Savage movie should be.

It would be interesting to find an actor that could handle the personality of Doc (competent but modest, extremely well educated and well spoken, unbelievably uncomfortable around sexy women) and then CGI him into the near-giant perfect physical specimen that was on all the covers.

And the Amazing Five (plus Pat) need to be given something to do besides comic relief, needing to be rescued, and procuring and setting up Doc's equipment. The worst stories were the ones where
it was obvious the ghost writer didn't know enough science or law
to make the Five look like masters of their respective subjects.

Dr. OTR said...

A TV series would be even better (if done right). Gives greater chance for character development -- important with Doc's fairly large roster of assistants.

Anonymous said...

On a side note: how about BTVS and Fairchild vs. Evil Ernie?

Carycomic said...

Why not? Ross is the genealogy buff. So he could all too easily render Gen13's resident redheaded powerhouse and Lady Death's one-time enforcer as estranged siblings.

The Man in Black said...

Too bad that Doc Savage movie was horribly bad!

Anonymous said...

The studio heads probably thought it wouldn't appeal to anybody but the post-BATMAN'66 crowd.

macsnafu said...

I finally figured out what's bugging me about this cover: Omac's response. He's all Doc Savage needs, BECAUSE he's a One Man Army Corps, but how many readers would know that's what OMAC stands for?

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