Acting talent and obvious comparisons to his character in Breaking Bad saw Bryan Cranston topping many fan lists for who should play Lex Luthor in the DC Comics movie universe but Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder went a different direction in casting Jesse Eisenberg.
Cranston however, who plays an aging superhero in the upcoming animated comedy series SuperMansion, very much wants to play a live-action supervillain. And he previously expressed interest in doing so for a Marvel movie but didn’t name who until today at New York Comic-Con 2015.
It began earlier this week while promoting his upcoming film Trumbo at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival earlier this week where Cranston told Metro:
“You know what I’d like to do? I’d like to do some big superhero villain in some Marvel classic.”
He followed up by saying it should be an original villain, one created from “scratch.” In the last few days he’s changed his tune just a tad and now knows exactly who he wants to play.
Today while appearing on the SuperMansion NYCC panel, Cranston specified that he wants to play the mighty mutant antagonist Mr. Sinister and then prodded the audience for what they thought to loud cheers. By this time next year – barring any Gambit delays – there will be 10 X-Men movies and we’ve yet to meet Mr. Sinister in any of them.
That’s a bit of shock given how Mr. Sinister (real name: Nathaniel Essex) is not only one of the greatest Marvel Comics supervillains, but he’s one of the most dynamic villains of any comic. He also shares very important connections and history to the Summers family (Cyclops, Havok, etc.), Jean Grey and the Phoenix, and of course, X-Men’s big bad Apocalypse who we’ll meet in cinemas next summer.
According to longtime X-Men spearhead Bryan Singer, who directs X-Men: Apocalypse, that movie ends the core franchise as we know it. It’s going to be the biggest X-Men movie ever and serves as not only a conclusion of to the X-Men: First Class trilogy but as the “real” beginning of the cinematic X-Men. That means it’s inevitable that Mr. Sinister will appear in an X-Men movie in the near future. It’s a must. Check out our list for five X-Men villains we need to see in the movies for more on that…
And if Cranston isn’t the right choice for the part for studio Twentieth Century Fox, Marvel Studios could always use him to play Norman Osborn now that they’re help re-relaunch the Spider-Man franchise within their Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Can you see Cranston play a Marvel supervillain? If not Sinister, who would you have him play? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Deadpool opens in theaters February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit on October 7, 2016; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; Fantastic Four 2 on June 9, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.
Mr. Sinister & Apocalypse art by Pierre Loyvet.