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Now, for most people, starring in one of the most beloved science fiction movies of the past twenty years - and getting to play one of the most iconic cinematic roles for an entire generation - would be enough. After all, most actors feel pretty lucky when they get paying work, so surely getting to star in The Matrix, as Neo, is more than enough geeky awesomeness for any actor?

Well, not, it seems, for Keanu Reeves. The actor recently revealed that not only does he want to reprise a (somewhat less than iconic) role as DC superhero Constantine - but that he wants to take on a major Marvel superhero as well.

Which is...actually pretty much exactly how we'd all feel, too, most likely.

I mean, sure, I'll never get to star in a major DC superhero movie, but if I did, I'm sure I'd still want to be in any Marvel movie going...

Pictured, a major DC superhero movie (kinda).
Pictured, a major DC superhero movie (kinda).

Now, admittedly, Keanu's dreams of reviving the John Constantine character on the big screen ( after 2005's modestly successful Constantine) may be unlikely to be realized, seeing as it's now almost ten years later, and there's a TV show featuring the character about to start on NBC.


However, that doesn't mean he should ever stop dreaming. Which, to his credit, he very obviously isn't:

"I love Constantine, too. I loved playing John Constantine. I wish there was a sequel. With me in it."

And now for something a little more Strange...

Especially seeing as the same Reddit AMA that saw that Constantine revelation also saw Reeves addressing recent rumors that he's in the running to play Marvel's Doctor Strange...

"You know, I just [cough]...I just recently started to hear about that. I didn't grow up reading the character of Dr. Strange, but the past few days, the people have been telling me about the character, and I have to call my Agent!"

...and then spoke, at length, to Collider about the same subject, sounding pretty darned enthusiastic in the process...

“From a practical standpoint the idea of a longtime contract is sort of ‘err’ because you want to make sure the material is up to a certain level...Like the good or great level. I like the idea. I go to those kinds of movies. I like super hero movies. I grew up on them and comics and graphic novels...[but] I don’t know Doctor Strange as a character, I didn't read that as a kid.”

All of which sounds...a long way from an actual confirmation - but also like Keanu is very much on board with the idea of jumping into the Marvel universe from his DC roots.

Presumably with more smiling. Maybe.
Presumably with more smiling. Maybe.

After all, if there's one company that's elevated superhero movies to a point at which they actually garner consistent critical respect, it's Marvel.

Which, in turn, got us thinking - if Reeves doesn't get the chance to play Constantine (again) or Doctor Strange, what other Marvel and DC heroes would he be perfect for?

My favorites?

Marvel's Moon Knight

The troubled son of a Chicago rabbi, Marc Spector became Moon Knight by way of time as a soldier, mercenary and boxer - meaning Reeves' physical chops would be very much called for. He's also, though, a distinctly creepy and paranormal hero - two traits Keanu could play perfectly. Plus, being an affluent playboy millionaire by day, and a caped crime-fighter by night, the character works as a cool analog for Batman...

DC's Doctor Fate

Doctor Fate has had numerous incarnations, several of which have been seriously weird - but the general character is pretty consistent. Given a helmet granting incredible supernatural powers by the ancient Egyptian wizard Nabu, the man (or woman) in question becomes Doctor Fate, and fights crime accordingly. The blend of the supernatural with the superheroic could be an intriguing blend for Reeves, though - especially if he's sad about not getting the Doctor Strange gig.

Marvel's Adam Warlock

The orange, intergalactic and kinda weird hero Adam Warlock would be a natural fit for Reeves - not only would his distant, complex character fit Keanu's natural dead pan style, but his role within a future Guardians of the Galaxy movie could well act as a light-hearted riff on The Matrix, seeing as he's usual portrayed as a similarly messianic figure to Neo.

DC's Deadman

The ghost of a circus performer named Boston Brand, Deadman is an...unusual hero. He's also, though, one of the DC universe's more intriguing ones, since he was granted the ability to possess any living being. Which, predictably, led to a strange, dark and unpredictable hero - one who could provide Reeves with the chance to show off his much-maligned acting range.

Now, the big, [Doctor Strange](movie:559685)-shaped question...


Which superhero would you like to see Keanu Reeves play on the big screen?

via Collider and


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