Lately its been rumoured that Benedict Cumberbatch could be taking on a role in the DC Universe. But then saying that it was also rumoured a while back that Cumberbatch would take on the role of [Doctor Strange](movie:559685) in the Marvel Universe. And before that it was rumoured that he would be in the new Star Wars movie. Now obviously he's a popular actor in Hollywood at the moment but its all been rumours lately when it comes to Star Wars, Marvel and DC. I think its safe to say that he won't be playing Dr Strange with all the talk of Joaquin Phoenix taking on the role. However I couldn't say for sure if Phoenix would take on the character when he's not the type of actor that commits to franchises. Biggest movie I think I've ever seen him in was Gladiator but apart from that he usually shows up in low budget/indie movies. Anyway enough of that lets get onto the real subject.
The rumours are that Cumberbatch will be playing Martian Manhunter in the upcoming [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) movie. I highly doubt this about him making an appearance in the movie but then he could show up in the Justice League movie. He is one of the founding members of the original Justice League of America so it is a possibility that J'onn J'onzz would show up sooner or later. If Benedict Cumberbatch were to land the role I'd be happy with the casting however a tiny little bit disappointed. That will be because I believe Cumberbatch needs to fulfil the role of a villain. The villain Im on about is Brainiac. For those of you who don't know who Brainiac is, he is one of Superman's greatest nemesis and is the most intelligent life form in the DC Universe. After seeing Cumberbatch's performance as Khan and his voice work for Smaug/Sauron I reckon he already has one of the best villainous voice in the movie industry at the moment.
Now lets say he takes on the role of Brainiac in the upcoming Justice League movie or a later Man of Steel sequel, or both. Cumberbatch is a great actor, already has the perfect voice for Brainiac and if he were bald and had all the right make-up he'd look fantastic as the character.
Thumbs up to the person who did this piece of artwork above because it's just fantastic. Honestly it would be a dream come true if Cumberbatch got the role of Brainiac. Even if it was the robotic version of Brainiac, he would still supply a killer voice for the character. At the end of the day I would rather see Benedict Cumberbatch in the DCCU rather than the MCU. He just seems more cut out for a DC role in my opinion.