Matthew McConaughey Is Open to a Superhero Role, Has 'Read Some Marvel and DC Scripts'

Monday, 18 May 2015 - 10:09AM
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Monday, 18 May 2015 - 10:09AM
Matthew McConaughey Is Open to a Superhero Role, Has 'Read Some Marvel and DC Scripts'
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Matthew McConaughey has experience a McConnaissance of late, between Academy bait like Dallas Buyers Club, prestige television like True Detective, and blockbusters like Interstellar. But will he join many of his contemporary on-the-rise stars and jump on the superhero bandwagon? The Oscar winner said he's be "open" to a superhero role, and that he's even read some scripts from Marvel and DC:

"I've read some Marvel and DC scripts and I've talked about working with them on some scripts, none of which I'll share with with you what they are - or were," he told Variety. "Yeah, I've circled some of those. Nothing has been right for me yet. But I'm sure open to it."

So it seems that McConaughey would be willing to join a superhero franchise so long as he was presented with a script that excited him. He was reportedly in the running for Dr. Strange (along with everyone else in the known universe) before Benedict Cumberbatch took the role, so it's possible that the script didn't quite speak to him. Or it might have been a problem with the character, as he hinted when he elaborated on what it would take for him to take on a big franchise:

"It's very simple for me. I look at the script. Is the opportunity exciting? Is the money that comes with it exciting? Sure. Is it the possibility of going,'"Hey you can get on a train and it can be a franchise and you could do 3, 4, 5, and have a great time as some kind of superhero or anti-hero.' But I would also look at something like that and say, 'Hey, in success that means you are on the train for a while.' Contractually, you're going to return to the character over and over. It's something I asked myself is it something I'd want to return to. Would I be excited to go back and put the shoes on the character again? Going and doing the press tour with that group of people again? I always ask myself those questions again. It starts with the story and character."

But apparently, he's spoken with both DC and Marvel, which means he may have been in talks for another character aside from Dr. Strange. We can't imagine him as Aquaman, Superman, or Cyborg, so maybe he was considered for Batman before Ben Affleck was cast? I personally think he would have made a great Lex Luthor, so maybe an earlier version of that character was older than Jesse Eisenberg. Let the speculation begin in earnest!
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