Rachel McAdams Offered Role in Marvel's Doctor Strange, But Wants to Play DC's Black Orchid

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 - 10:33AM
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Wednesday, 29 July 2015 - 10:33AM
Rachel McAdams Offered Role in Marvel's Doctor Strange, But Wants to Play DC's Black Orchid
There have been rumors floating around that Rachel McAdams would play the female lead in Doctor Strange for weeks now, although we had no idea who she might be playing. Now, the actress herself has confirmed that Marvel extended an offer for the film, telling LA Times that she was considering playing the lead, but that "it's still super-early days, and I don't know where that's gonna go, if it's gonna go anywhere at all." But if she decides against joining the MCU, she may defect to their ultimate rival, as she hinted that she really wants to play DC/Vertigo's Black Orchid.



This is definitely a bold statement by McAdams, since Marvel and DC don't tend to play well together. But still, we would love to see McAdams as a superhero in her own right, whether Marvel or DC, and you've got to give her credit for having her own taste in comic characters.

Black Orchid first appeared in Adventure Comics #428 back in 1973, but was truly fleshed out as a character in the Neil Gaiman miniseries in the late 80's. His work, along with artist Dave McKean, definitely increased the character's popularity, and it was also part of the impetus for the creation of DC's Vertigo imprint not long after.

Black Orchid has had many abilities over the years, including shape shifting, flight, superhuman strength, and controlling plants through a force of nature known as "the Green." This latter trait interconnects her to Alan Moore's creation, the Swamp Thing, as well as Batman rogue Poison Ivy. She's had four different iterations over the years, but her most recent one, Alba Garcia, has played a part in DC's Justice League Dark titles after the New 52 reboot.

So does the character actually have a chance of appearing in DC's Extended Universe? Possibly. She's been affiliated with the Suicide Squad, but not as a villain. If a sequel is made, that could be one potential opportunity for the heroine to show up. There was also talk about a Justice League Dark adaptation, but with Guillermo Del Toro dropping out of that project, it's unknown when or if that will ever come to fruition.

It was also recently reported that New Line would be taking over many of DC's Vertigo titles in stead of their parent company, Warner Bros., so there is a possibility that a film featuring Black Orchid would be within their purview, and thus may not cross over with DC's main cinematic universe.

Rachel McAdams is certainly a big name actor, known for her roles in The Notebook, Mean Girls, Wedding Crashers, the Sherlock Holmes movie series, and most recently, True Detective. We'll have to wait and see if Warner Bros. gets thrown into the mix and actually offers her a part, but either way, she's sure to be an asset to whichever comic book universe she joins.
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