Asked if the film would retain the 1930s setting, the director went one further, telling Collider, “We’re shooting it as though it’s in the ’30s, including all the Capra-esque elements of 1930s films like You Can’t Take It With You. The idea of ‘What if Jimmy Stewart were a stone-cold killer?’ basically. It’s that kind of combination which we enjoy.
“Doc Savage is a personal film to me. It’s a 1930s pulp character so it hasn’t been around for 75 years or so, but people if they’re introduced to it they’ll get to know, hopefully, what I came to love as a kid. I’ve read those series for 43 years and always wanted to figure out how to crack it.”
You can get Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life, a fictional biography by Phillip Jose Farmer, for £2.99 on Kindle from Amazon.co.uk