Former Spider-Man actor Thomas Haden Church reveals that he's returning to the comic book movie genre, but he won't disclose which film he's appearing in. Church is a prolific actor who's known for many projects, but for comic book fans, he will always be remembered as the person who played Flint Marko, aka the Sandman, in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3. While that film has its fair share of detractors, Church's performance as Sandman is almost universally praised.
Church joined Raimi's third (and final) Spider-Man film after appearing as Jack Cole in Alexander Payne's Sideways - a role which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor - and it was the first and last time that he starred in a comic book movie. But it looks like he plans on returning to the superhero/supervillain world in an upcoming blockbuster film, although it's anyone's guess as to which one he's talking about.
In an interview with JoBlo, Thomas Haden Church reveals that he's appearing in an upcoming superhero movie that's not a Marvel film.
"I’m not supposed to talk about it, but I actually have returned, but not in the Marvel world, it’s another world, but it is in that genre of superheroes and supervillains. I’m not supposed to talk about it, it’s a movie I shot last year. They’re trying to keep it-and good luck to ‘em-with, y’know, today man, I’m surprised it hasn’t already kinda been revealed."
While Church doesn't say which movie he's talking about, he does mention that he filmed his role last year. And since it's not a Marvel movie - most likely meaning that it's not an MCU, Sony, or X-Men film - then the only logical options are James Wan's Aquaman and Neil Marshall's Hellboy.
Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa as the eponymous character, started filming last May in Australia and wrapped production in October. Should Church appear in Aquaman, it would make for an interesting reunion, of sorts, between him and Willem Dafoe, who played fellow Spider-Man villain Green Goblin in Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, though not in Spider-Man 3. But, considering that Aquaman's production has been heavily publicized, it does seem strange for someone like Church to get a DCEU role and for it to still be a secret.
The only other option, then, is Hellboy. The upcoming R-rated reboot stars David Harbour as the eponymous Hellboy, and it entered production this past September - just a few short months after being announced in May 2017. Given that Hellboy's production hasn't been as heavily publicized, it's safer to assume that Church is appearing in that film instead of Aquaman, but we'll just have to wait and see what happens.