Tom Hardy may have over a decade of experience on the big screen, but to many moviegoers, he may still be best known for his roles as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and now (after this year) Max in Mad Max: Fury Road. However, since the actor played a Batman villain, he has seemed determined to take on another comic book character.
Hardy was initially attached to star as Rick Flagg in Suicide Squad before being forced to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with production on Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant. Then, just days after praising the Suicide Squad movie's script, Hardy teased that he just might have his eyes on another DC Comics role. Now, at last that mystery appears to have been solved.
According to THR, Hardy is going to produce and likely star in a film adaptation of the DC/Vergtigo comic book property 100 Bullets for New Line. The title - which was written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Eduardo Risso - ran for 100 issues from 1999 to 2009. The comic books' storyline center on the mysterious Agent Graves, who presents different people with the chance for revenge and 100 untraceable bullets with which to seize it.
Plot details for the film - which is written by Chris Borrelli (The Vatican Tapes) - remain under wraps. However, the comic book series eventually developed into an award-winning epic crime saga. So there's a good chance some of those larger story points will make their way into the film, especially since word is it's sticking close to its source material.
In hindsight, it seems that not only was 100 Bullets the DC project Hardy alluded to earlier in 2015, but the film may have been among the DC projects long in development. 100 Bullets would've likewise been moving forward well before Warner Bros. shifted its Vertigo comic book adaptations over to New Line, so that WB can focus on producing DC superhero films set in the Justice League universe.
Some fans may be disappointed that 100 Bullets will not be heading to television, as was announced a few years back. However, with an actor of Hardy's caliber onboard, it's hard to not look on the bright side. After all, his career is red-hot right now, with Mad Max: Fury Road among the most acclaimed films of the year. Sure, Hardy may have missed his chance to play the Punisher, but if the track record for 100 Bullets is any indication, the film should mark a strong return to the comic book world for the actor.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on 100 Bullets as this story develops.