15 Actors Who Desperately Want Superhero Roles

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15 Actors Who Desperately Want Superhero Roles

Superhero movies are a money making machine in Hollywood and it is not a surprise that dozens of actors make their desire of landing a heroic role a public knowledge. Take a look at 15 actors who desperately want superhero roles:


15. Donald Glover (Spider-Man)

Donald Glover Spider-Man

Have you ever imagined a black Spider-Man? Comedian Donald Glover certainly has and so did his tremendous fan following to the point of making the hashtag #donald4spiderman viral.

“I personally think I would be amazing, like ‘The Amazing Spider-Man,'”

said Glover. While the Community star said he would be

“honored to play it”

He was however not approached for an audition despite being supported by Spider-Man creator Stan Lee.

On an interesting note, there has been a black Hispanic Spider-Man in the comic books. Miles Morales, a school student, continued the legacy after Peter Parker’s death in a separate continuity.

However, the chances of a film adaption upon Spider-Man’s successor are highly unlikely further reducing Glover’s hopes of playing the superhero.


14. Keanu Reeves (Wolverine & Batman)

Keanu Reeves Wolverine and Batman

As the leading star of The Matrix, Keanu Reeves is responsible for changing the landscape of action movies so it would make sense if the A-lister starred as a superhero. However, the actor did get a chance to play DC antihero Constantine only to receive mixed reviews.

Expressing his wish to play superheroes, Reeves stated,

“I always wanted to play Wolverine. But I didn’t get that. And they have a great Wolverine now. I always wanted to play The Dark Knight. But I didn’t get that one. They’ve had some great Batmans. So now I’m just enjoying them as an audience.”


13. Tom Hanks (The Flash)

Tom Hanks The Flash

The Academy Award winning actor is one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood and has played variety of roles in his long illustrious career apart from a superhero. In fact, Tom Hanks has never even been in a superhero film and that bothers him as the actor has shown interest in playing a Batman villain and Flash.

“I keep trying. Come on, 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. And I don’t want to play the guy in the suit who tells the superheroes what’s going on, I want to get in there, I want to play The Flash or something like that. They’ll never give me a chance. God, I want to throw a shield at somebody.”

Throwing a shield at someone is never a good idea but let’s assume that Hanks was trying to say that he wants to play Captain America as well.


12. Jaden Smith (Static)

Jaden Smith Static

He certainly has the hair for it but it is going to take a lot more than average acting skills and having Will Smith for a dad to play a superhero in a movie.

While Warner Bros. indeed announced a live-action television show based on DC Comics superhero Static and even eyed Jaden Smith for the leading role, nothing has been confirmed yet.


11. Danny Trejo (Lobo)

Danny Trejo Lobo

Lobo is one of the coolest yet deadliest antiheroes in DC and has been a subject of interest in Hollywood for quite a while now but his movie project has been stuck in developmental hell. In fact, the actor for the leading part has not even been finalized yet.

Taking advantage of the situation, Danny Trejo tweeted a badass art of himself as Lobo and tagged DC Comics, stating: First rule of hunting, Super Dupe. Make the target come to you.


10. Brandon Molale (Shazam)

Brandon Molale Shazam

Often type-casted as a masculine character, a superhero role for Brandon Molale might turn out to be his big break. While a movie of DC superhero Shazam has been reported to be in the works, the leading part is yet to be finalized and it just so happens that Molale is one of the candidates.

Believing he is a “good actor”, Molale is optimistic about bagging the role of Shazam as he just needs

“someone to give me something I can sink my teeth into.”


9. Nicolas Cage (Super-Man)

Nicolas Cage Super-man

It is no secret that Nicolas Cage is a die-hard fan of Super-Man. In fact, he even named his son Kal-El. The very idea of the actor starring as the last son of Krypton may seem ridiculous but Hollywood was on the verge of making the movie.

Cage was offered a $20 million salary and Tim Burton was set to direct. As soon as screen testing of the actor wearing the iconic costume took place, the project was abandoned for good.


8. Tyrese Gibson (Green Lantern)

Tyrese Gibson Green Lantern

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Best known for his role in The Fast and the Furious series, Tyrese Gibson strongly feels that

“there needs to be more black superheroes”

and that he would be

“the best Green Lantern.”

The actor has revealed that he had a couple of meetings at Warner Bros. about potentially starring as the John Stewart version of the superhero in the upcoming Green Lantern Corps in 2020.