Earlier this week, actor Tom Hardy proclaimed to the world that he wants to play the Go Go boot Mercenary Punisher. Instantly the internet began campaigning for Tom Hardy to be our next Punisher on either the big screen or in a Netflix series. Tom Hardy is definitely a DC/ Warner Brothers guy, we all knew it was going to take a lot to lure him away from the rival company. Many believed in Marvel's ability to lure a big time name such as Tom Hardy away to play such a big time character. The interest would have definitely been mutual if Marvel listened to Hardy and what the fans wanted, that's what we thought however. Recent comments by Tom Hardy revealed to fans that he is set to be in a role for DC in the coming future.
"I actually got something cooking with Warner Bros. which is also a comic book, it’s a DC thing which is kind of…It’s really good actually, it contains elements of all kinds of stuff. From Ocean’s Eleven, to Batman, you can get all the wrappers out and it would be a big, really cool, Technicolor, Pulp Fiction…It’s a psychological fuckfest, it’s absolutely awesome. It’s as if you would take Transmetropolitan and make it happen, but it’s not that out there it’s something which is much more real world. It could be like Heat, it could be fucking awesome. Let me tell you what it is, try and guess."
These comments are very conflicting with Hardy's statement he made earlier in the week. Could Hardy have made these comments as some sort of bargaining tool between himself and DC? Either way, it seems as if our dreams of Tom Hardy as the next Frank Castle have been put to rest. Some fans around the internet even pondered the idea of creating a petition of some sorts to get Tom Hardy in the role as Punisher. So, if Tom Hardy isn't switching companys to play Punisher, who will he play at DC?
1. The Question
The Question, the investigative journalist who conceals his identity by using a form of synthetic skin called Pseudoderm. Tom Hardy hinted that his next role with DC will be very dark and gritty, with a sense of realism. The Question is definitely that type of character. DC may have seen the immense success of Marvel's Daredevil series and want to do something similar to give fans that sense of realism. Tom Hardy could definitely pull off The Question, he is physically able to do the stunts involved with the action scenes and not to mention Tom Hardy sure can act.
Shazam could possibly be the next big thing for DC's cinematic universe. The movie is already in the development stages, The Rock has already been cast as Black Adam. Could Tom Hardy be the man to play Shazam opposite The Rock? I think he could. Tom Hardy physically is perfect for the role, his physical presence on screen can not be understated. Since Tom Hardy is staying put where he is at DC, Shazam would be my choice for his character.
Tom Hardy would have been a great Punisher
Tom Hardy will always be in the back of mind when I think of the Punisher on screen. Even though it was just a mere comment made by Hardy, it would have been great to see him as Frank Castle. None the less, Tom Hardy should do a good job no matter what his role is. Whether it's The Question, Shazam, or some other DC character, I will be very excited to see what he has in store for us, even though I wish it was Punisher.