As if the world of superheroes couldn’t get any cooler (what, with the recent Ant-Man casting rumors leveled at Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Tom Hanks has just voiced an interest in bringing one of our caped do gooders to life.
Here’s what the Gump-meister had to say:
Come on, I can do it [laughs]. Let me play a bad guy, let me play the bad guy against Batman. I’ll do anything, call me. They’ve never asked. What do I have to do? God, I want to throw a shield at somebody. I want that. And I don’t want to play the guy in the suit who tells the superheroes what’s going on, I don’t want to be that guy. ‘Well, you know Batman…Captain America, Iron Man, here’s what we’ve discovered’, I don’t want to be that guy. I want to get in there, I want to play The Flash or something like that. They’ll never give me a chance.
Obviously Hanks is having a bit of fun brainstorming about a potential superhero role, but he does seem earnest about the prospect. Unfortunately, he’s a bit too old to play the lead version of the Scarlet Speedster (although he could be the older Jay Garrick version) and he’s a bit too nice to play Batman. Honestly, Tom Hanks is too unique and humorous to portray any DC characters, who have always been too monotone for an actor of his caliber.
But what about a Marvel crime fighter? They’ve always welcomed complex characters, a few handfuls of jokes, and older protagonists. Tom Hanks could find a perfect home at the House of Ideas. Although, I wouldn’t want him to portray a low level vigilante. He is TOM HANKS, after all, and he deserves an Alpha level hero, almost all of whom have already been cast in previous films. Well, all except one…
The wizened, middle aged surgeon who, through a series of tragedies and triumphs, becomes the Master of Mysticism. His power rivals (and sometimes surpasses) Thor and his Asgardian siblings. His knowledge of magic surpasses Tony Stark’s mastery of technology. Oh, and he’s the de facto boss of every mystical being on Earth.
If Tom Hanks truly craves a superhero role, Marvel should gift him Doctor Strange. And Marvel… don’t be cheap on your contracts. Your fans are quickly catching onto your miserly tactics, so give Tom Hanks what he deserves, and throw him into a Doctor Strange movie.