Oscar-nominee Gabourey Sidibe is having fun pondering the idea of being in a superhero movie someday. Sidibe, of course, burst onto the scene in Hollywood in 2009 playing the titular role in Precious, which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination. She’s alternated between film and television ever since, with roles in such movies as Tower Heist and Seven Psychopaths, and has had recurring turns on TV’s The Big C, American Horror Story and most recently on Empire, which was created by her Precious director Lee Daniels.
And while Sidibe’s credits have tended to learn more toward the dramatic end in film and TV (save her roles on AHS’ Coven and Freak Show), it turns out the acclaimed actress has a big interest in the superhero genre. In a recent interview with Variety, the publication asked Sidibe who she’s like to play in a superhero movie, to which she replied, “I really like Amanda Waller. She’s a lawyer but she can clearly stretch herself … also, I want to fly, so why can’t I play Superman?”
Sidibe also imagined herself as Batman, saying:
“Batman doesn’t have any superpowers. He’s not an alien, he’s a straight up human who happens to be rich. He’s like Super Privileged Man. He’s like White Privilege Man. But he’s got all these tools, and a super dark sense of being. He’s such a creep, and I feel I’m Batman because I’m a creep.”
It seems like Sidibe was essentially having fun in her observation about the Caped Crusader, as evidenced by the way she was laughing while talking about the character in the Variety video. Realistically, of the three superhero movies she mentioned, the character she has the best shot at is Amanda Waller, but in an unfortunate big of timing, Oscar-winner Viola Davis locked that role up in Suicide Squad last year.
But in the age of reboots and different takes on the same characters simultaneously on both film and television (the Batman lore, for example, has the DC Extended Universe with films like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, while Gotham plays out on FOX), who’s to say Waller isn’t in Sidibe’s future somewhere?
As for Sidibe’s playing the male superheroes she mentioned, while the chances are nil, there’s nothing in the superhero rule book that disallows fans from imagining any character they want to be. That’s the beauty of the superhero genre. Even though these characters have superpowers, there’s something relatable about them that makes fans want to be them and make the impossible possible. If not for the accessibility of these superhero characters, they certainly wouldn’t have the longevity that they’ve had, and never would have afforded people like Sidibe the opportunity to dream about playing one in the first place.
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