I can't even lie. Keanu Reeves did the damn thing in The Matrix trilogy as Neo. He also did a solid job as John Constantine in Constantine and now we'll see about another action-packed role he's tackling in [John Wick](movie:1116115) which comes out this weekend and is being praised by critics as one of the best action films to happen in a long, long time.
Now rumored to be in the mix for possibly playing [Doctor Strange](movie:559685), Reeves recently admitted in an interview with Moviefone that he at one time had ambitions to play BOTH Wolverine and Batman:
"I always wanted to play Wolverine. But I didn't get that. And they have a great Wolverine now. I always wanted to play The Dark Knight. But I didn't get that one. They've had some great Batmans," Reeves explained. "So now I'm just enjoying them as an audience."
A lot of actors keep stuff like this to themselves. Like, he's just flat-out saying he was rejected for two of the most iconic superhero roles. I think it's pretty cool that he admitted he wanted to be cast and wasn't. But at the same time, it's like... c'mon Keanu. You can't be everyone. You know that, right?
I think part of the reason Keanu is OK admitting he didn't get two big parts that he wanted is because he hit home-runs elsewhere. Personally, I think he would be a solid Doctor Strange and I'm going to check out John Wick for sure.
What do you think of Keanu in these hypothetical roles:
Could Keanu have outdone Hugh Jackman as Wolverine?
Would he have been convincing as The Dark Knight?
This one is actually still a possibility! Do you think Keanu would work as Doctor Strange?
And to venture a bit into the unknown here to what Keanu Reeves could potentially do on-screen, which of these heroes (and villains... OK it's mostly villains) do you think Keanu would fit?
I really think Keanu could work as Adam Warlock from the Marvel universe. Keanu's hair may be jet-black and not blonde but that's fixable. Plus he has those similar angular facial features, and we know he can pull off a slick suit like that like he was able to do in the Matrix movies.
Now, I know Keanu hasn't really played a villainous role before, but couldn't you see him as Mysterio? They haven't finished casting all of the villains for [The Amazing Spider-Man 4](movie:1004341), and clearly, Keanu is always looking for work. And I think Keanu could pull off being able to mess with Spider-Man's head the way that Mysterio can.
Running with that same idea of Reeves as a villain, would he work as Bizarro? The DC Villain hasn't yet been portrayed on screen. Off the bat, I have to admit Reeves may not be muscly enough for the part, but he can probably bulk up. Or, they could go with a different take on the character.
As far as mutants that we may see in future X-Men movies, such as [X-Men: Apocalypse](movie:1194267) , Keanu could play Mister Sinister fairly capably in my mind. Clearly, I really really want Keanu to jump into that villainous role. I think he can pull it off, it would be a little bit different and adventurous for him as an actor. Not to mention, I actually see a striking resemblance in this case.
What do you think?