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Which comic book villain should Tom Hanks play?

Actor shows interest
in villain roles

From SheKnows Canada
It’s hard to believe that Tom Hanks has never been in a superhero movie, but it’s true. The actor recently revealed that he would love to be offered a role in a comic book hero movie.

Actor shows interest in villain rolesTom Hanks is not a newcomer to this whole acting business and has had a generous share of amazing roles (Forrest Gump, anyone?), but the 57-year-old actor is almost dismayed that he has never been offered a role as a comic-book hero.

Now that we think about it, Hanks really hasn’t stuck his foot into a superhero franchise. . . Which is strange, since he is a very talented and bankable actor. Even George Clooney donned the cape at some point! How did we not notice it before?

“They don’t ask me, man. I keep trying. Come on, I can do it. I can do it. Even let me play a bad guy, let me play the bad guy against Batman. I’ll do anything, call me. They’ve never asked. What do I gotta do? God, I want to throw a shield at somebody. I want that. And I don’t want to play the guy in the suit who tells the superheroes what’s going on, I don’t want to be that guy. ‘Well, you know Batman, Captain America, Iron Man, here’s what we’ve discovered,’ I don’t want to be that guy. I want to get in there, I want to play The Flash or something like that. They’ll never give me a chance,” the actor stated in an interview with Showbiz 411.

Preposterous! This needs to be remedied immediately. While Hanks is not quite young enough to play a superhero, the villain role is very much plausible. . . And with the new Batman vs. Superman film (sequel to Man of Steel) in the making, with Ben Affleck as the caped crusader and Henry Cavill returning as Superman, this is perfect timing!

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Although the new film is based a comic book miniseries The Dark Knight Returns — with an amazing showdown between Batman and Superman — it features your typical run-of-the-mill villains like The Joker and Two-Face. Since both villains were already featured in the Christian Bale-led Batman franchise, we decided to find some new underdog villains from the Justice League and Batman era that are perfect for Tom Hanks and may spice up the new film.

Hugo Strange

Tom Hanks’ incredible acting talents would be much appreciated in the appropriation of this evil character. Hugo Strange is one of Batman’s first villains, preceding even The Joker and Two-Face. He is a super-genius with a knack for psychology, who uses mutated “Monster Men” to wreak havoc on Gotham City. He basically possesses the best qualities of all of Batman’s subsequent villains. This guy should definitely make an appearance in the new film, and Tom Hanks is the man for the role.


Rumoured to have been based on Adolf Hitler, Darkseid is a megalomaniacal coo-coo-for-Cocoa-Puffs villain in shiny leather boots. Basically, he is an alien overlord, with a fetish for all things militant, who relentlessly plagues Superman and the Justice League in his quest for universal domination. We think this role is quite a challenge, but with a few tweaks, it’d be perfect for Mr. Hanks!

Injustice League

Since both Batman and Superman are in one film, why give them just one or two villains? Throw the entire Injustice League at them. Created as the antidote to the all-good Justice League, this gang is filled with the crème de la crème of super villains. We’re sure Batman and Superman can handle this crowd, without the help from the rest of the League, right? This way, Hanks can choose from a large array of villainous regulars like Chronos (time-travelling and history-manipulating villain), the Penguin and Agamemno (possesses ability to control inanimate objects and transfer consciousness). Take your pick!

As a final note, if Zack Snyder, director of this Man of Steel sequel, decides to adopt any of our suggestions, we would like credit. Which villain would you want Tom Hanks to play?

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