As more and more Hollywood a-listers look to headline a comic book film franchise, it shouldn’t come as surprise that fans of Johnny Depp, one of the most celebrated character-actors in the current cinescape, are wondering why the Pirates of the Caribbean star has yet to sign-on for a superhero adaptation.
While Depp isn’t currently tied to any superhero film projects, the actor recently revealed his favorite childhood comic book characters – most notably the Sub-Mariner. Does this mean that we could eventually see Depp don a pair of gold cuffs and a fish-scale speedo as the “savage” Prince Namor?
Recently, when Hero Complex asked Depp about his favorite childhood comic book characters, the actor revealed that long before he took on the role of Jack Sparrow he was already interested in conflicted antiheroes:
“Oh yeah. I was a rock ‘n’ roll kid, mainly, but prior to age 12, when the rock ‘n’ roll sort of took hold, I was a comic-book head. I liked Sgt. Rock. And I loved the Sub-Mariner. I loved Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner.
… There was this strange double edge to the guy. And there was also something about living underwater that I liked a lot.”
When asked about whether or not he enjoyed Captain America, Depp was less enthusiastic about the all-american Steve Rogers – clarifying why Sub-Mariner was his top pick:
“No, not really. But I liked Spider-Man and I liked the Fantastic Four for a bit. I really liked Sgt. Rock. But the Sub-Mariner, he was the alternative one. The alt-superhero. He was the sort of Bohemian comic book. I like that.”
Comic book fans that are familiar with Sub-Mariner should easily recognize the duality Depp mentions with regard to Prince Namor – as even the most generous interpretations of the character usually depict a hero with a hot temper. Less kind, but some of the more interesting Sub-Mariner story-lines, even depict the character as a villain that enacts vengeance upon land-loving citizens for their treatment of the oceans as well as the destruction of Namor’s hometown, Atlantis.
While it’s certainly unlikely that we’ll see the Rango star super-speed swimming in his own Sub-Mariner film, the actor’s appreciation for the untapped character potential in a comic book hero indicates that Depp wouldn’t be opposed to starring in a comic book adaptation – assuming it was a good fit.
Many film fans will remember that, even as far back as 2008, Depp was rumored to be in consideration for a role as the Riddler in Nolan’s follow-up to The Dark Knight – with Depp going so far as saying, “If the opportunity came, I’d definitely juggle it.” Of course, we now know that the film, officially titled, The Dark Knight Rises won’t utilize the Riddler, centering on Bane, played by Tom Hardy, as well as Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle instead. However, that doesn’t negate the fact that a Nolan-style comic book adaptation would strike the right balance between fantasy and real world drama – allowing an actor like Johnny Depp to deliver as a superhero (or super villain).
Of course, the best way to get Depp involved might be to try and get Tim Burton excited about adapting another superhero for the big screen – just so long as he doesn’t pass the reins to Joel Schumacher this time.
Source: Hero Complex