BySean Erickson, writer at
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Sean Erickson

Tom Hardy makes for an interesting interview. Reading his conversations as he hits the press rounds for [Mad Max: Fury Road](tag:41445) and his new FX series Taboo, the actor will seemingly chat freely on just about any topic - and he hasn't shied away from getting into his unfortunate split from David Ayer's Suicide Squad movie or openly teasing his possible future in other superhero and comic book movies. Oddly enough, the past week has seen mention of both Marvel and DC properties that he would like to take on - though one is sounding a little more likely than the other.

Keeping Punisher's Frank Castle Alive

First was the interest he expressed in stepping into the troubled shoes of The Punisher. In an interview with Collider, the actor made it clear that even though he had to part ways with Suicide Squad due to his commitments on the Alejandro Iñárritu epic, The Revenant, he's in with Leonardo DiCaprio, he's still keeping his eyes open for the right role in one of the many superhero movies Hollywood is developing and churning out.

Can Tom Hardy move from Team DC to Team Marvel?
Can Tom Hardy move from Team DC to Team Marvel?

With the success that Marvel has had with Daredevil and inching back into the darker territory of some of it's more R rated characters (Fox's Deadpool will also be testing these waters) it seems like it's only a matter of time before Frank Castle's Punisher is back in action. And the fact that this character was the first on Tom Hardy's list may mean that word has gotten out about Marvel's intention to explore the possibility of rebooting the character and that Hardy wants to make sure his name is being considered.

Is Tom Hardy on Team Marvel or Team DC?

With Mad Max: Fury Road only days away from release and his attachment to play Sam Fisher in the announced Splinter Cell movie, Tom Hardy is clearly keeping his geek cred alive - not that his turn as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises didn't give him a lifetime supply. But having been a big part in the last Batman movie, and being close to having a major role in Suicide Squad, could mean that his chances of showing up in a another DC movie are bit better than him joining Team Marvel.

In a different piece of the same interview, he revealed that he's "actually got something cooking with Warner Bros. which is also a comic book, it’s a DC thing..." He cryptically elaborated:

"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."

Guesses have ranged from titles like Lobo to Authority & Checkmate - with the later sounding to me like the best guess - though I might add some possible Vertigo titles like DMZ and 100 Bullets to that list. It's anybody's guess as to what Hardy could be referring to but he went on to add that it's like "real estate" and could crossover from movie to TV and while it's been thought about before, it is a big idea that is waiting to jumped on.

The Best DC Comics Adaptations for Tom Hardy

Adapting Checkmate, or elaborating on the Task Force X idea behind Suicide Squad, would be a great idea on DC's part and it could result in DC finally having a show on TV or Netflix that could actually tie in to their movie universe rather than having a parallel television world on the CW. If DC is planing on continuing to follow in the footsteps of the success Marvel has had in expanding its universe into all kinds of media avenues, this kind of move makes perfect sense. Then there's also the lying-in-wait Guillermo Del Toro script for Justice League Dark - something that Tom Hardy may have gotten his hands on and is working with DC to maybe turn it into something a whole lot bigger than just one movie.

Is Tom Hardy developing a DMZ adaptation?
Is Tom Hardy developing a DMZ adaptation?

But the fact that Tom Hardy name-checks Transmetropolitan (which is amazing) has me wondering about another DC property about a beleaguered reporter and is "much more real world" than that book. Brian Wood's brilliant DMZ comic book series is hugely sprawling story about a reporter stuck in the demilitarized zone of Manhattan during an American Civil War. An adaptation of this series has all the potential of being a huge project that could result in a big movie series with TV spin-offs that follow-up on the many different characters and situations surrounding this modern American Civil War scenario that continues to be a timely and relevant subject matter.

What do you think? What DC property do you think Tom Hardy is referring to? How awesome do you think his Punisher would be? Take to the comments section and keep the discussion going!


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