For the last few years, fans have been “casting” Bryan Cranston as a variety of characters in several different movies. He built his reputation as the worn down, but loveable, dad in Malcolm in the Middle but his popularity with fans exploded when he took on the role of cancer-ridden chemistry teacher-turned-street drug creator, Walter White, in AMC’s award winning drama Breaking Bad.
Since he was bald for his role as White, it wasn’t an unnatural leap to place him in the role of Superman’s arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor, in Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – a move most fans still wish had happened after witnessing Jesse Eisenberg’s odd take on the character. At the BFI London Film Festival last year, while promoting Trumbo, Cranston told the Metro that he wanted to play, “…a big supervillain in some Marvel classic.” At a panel the next day, he mention the X-Men villain Mister Sinister specifically as the character he’d most like to portray.
Almost a full year later, Mister Sinister is clearly still on his mind. During a video series produced by AMC called Geeking Out, Cranston (who voices the aging superhero Titanium Rex on the animated series SuperMansion) was touring a puppet shop with Greg Grunberg (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) when he was asked: “What would be your dream character to play, villain wise?” His response:
“I’m interested in creating a role. I’d love to do something that hasn’t been done before. Lex Luthor, there’s been a lot of that. I’ve been asked to take a look at Commissioner Gordon. It’s like, I would be one in several and I would kind of like to carve out a new identity. Mister Sinister has always been someone…that would be very cool.
Artist Kode at BossLogic was so inspired by the revelation that he drew what he thought Cranston as Sinister might look like:
We already know via the post-credits scene in X-Men: Apocalypse that Minister Sinister and the Essex Corporation will play a vital role in expanding the X-Men cinematic universe – but to what end? There’s been discussion that Sinister could play the role of “big bad” and main antagonist across the X-Men franchise’s next series of films (much like Thanos in the MCU) but at this point, that’s nothing more than speculation.
One thing is clear, with X-Men: Apocalypse taking in nearly $200 million less than its predecessor X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Hugh Jackman wielding the adamantium blades for the last time next year for Wolverine 3, 20th Century Fox will need someone or something that will bring their audience back in droves. Casting Bryan Cranston as villainous Mister Sinister could be just the thing that sparks new life into their franchise.
Wolverine 3 opens in U.S. theaters on March 3rd, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017, March 2nd, 2018, and June 29th, 2018. Deadpool 2, Gambit, New Mutants and X-Force are currently in development.
Source: Geeking Out