Bryan Cranston Was Asked to “Take a Look at Commissioner Gordon,” Wants to Play Mr. Sinister

Saturday, 17 September 2016 - 3:40PM
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Saturday, 17 September 2016 - 3:40PM
Bryan Cranston Was Asked to “Take a Look at Commissioner Gordon,” Wants to Play Mr. Sinister
Thankfully, there wasn't much fan outrage over the fact that JK Simmons was cast as the new Commissioner Gordon of the DCEU. Simmons isn't only a widely respected and talented actor, but he's already got some major geek cred for portraying J.Jonah Jameson in the Raimi Spider-Man trilogy. So when it was announced that Simmons would be the newest big screen James Gordon, the comics fan community generally welcomed him with open arms.

Before that, however, there were a lot of DC fans that were hoping for Bryan Cranston to reprise his voice acting role from Batman: Year One on the big screen. Many were rooting for a Cranston Commissioner Gordon not only for how well he voiced the part in the Frank Miller animated adaption, but also because of how much he looked the part. Interestingly enough, it seems like fans weren't the only ones thinking Cranston would have made a great Jim Gordon. Cranston recently admitted on AMC's Geeking Out that he was asked to "take a look at" the character when WB initially started trying to cast the role.  

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I'm interested in creating a role. I'd love to do something that hasn't been done before. So Lex Luthor, there's been a lot of that. I've been asked to take a look at Commissioner Gordon, that sort of thing. And it's like, well, I would be one in several. And it's like, I'd kind of like to carve out a new identity. Mr. Sinister has always been someone…It would be very cool.
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A Bryan Cranston Commissioner Gordon would have been a real treat to see, and it would have also been a cool way for the DCEU to win over some Breaking Bad fans. However, after news hit that JK Simmons nabbed the part, it's hard not to think that Simmons fits in better with the aesthetic of the DCEU. Likewise, it seems that he's also a bit of a snugger fit for Ben Affleck's Batman and the rest of the DCEU's cast as well.

Just as well, it was interesting to hear that Cranston would like to play Mr. Sinister in an upcoming X-Men movie. However, the character was recently confirmed for an appearance in the final Wolverine movie. Because of this fact, it would seem that Cranston has probably missed out this time around. That is, unless he's planning on surprising everyone and he's secretly already been cast for the part. 

A lot of fans are excited about the idea of a Cranston Mr. Sinister as well (though not quite as excited as they were about the possibility of Cranston playing either Luthor or Gordon). In fact, it would seem that some fans have been rooting for Cranston to play the character before he ever made the statement on Geeking Out. Fan artist, Boss Logic, even posted a tweet with an amazing concept for what he could like about a week ago.  

Either way, Cranston's popularity has likely made him a high-value target for companies like Marvel Studios, Fox, and Warner Bros. Having already turned down DC, it'll be interesting to see if any of the others pick him up instead. A comic book movie role almost seems like the natural next step for Cranston, but only time will tell.

What comic book character would you like to see Cranston play on the big screen? Sound off in the comments below!
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