ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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Now, there are a whole lot of roles that Nathan Fillion was arguably born to play. Fortunately for him (and us, as a viewing public), he's already had the chance to play a whole bunch of them.

Whether it's Firefly's Mal Reynolds, Castle's Richard Castle, or even Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog's Captain Hammer, Fillion has long since perfected playing a very particular kind of lovable pain-in-the-butt - and become a veritable fan-favorite to geeks world wide in the process.

It's perhaps something of a surprise, then, that Fillion has as of yet only appeared in the DC and Marvel universes off-camera, in the form of an alien-voicing cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy and a handful of DC animated movie roles.

The reason for that, however, may just have been revealed. Y'see, it seems as though:

Nathan Fillion Might Just Have Been Waiting for the Perfect Superhero Role

Specifically, that guy, a.k.a. the DC comic book legend that is...Booster Gold.

A star quarterback in 25th century Gotham City, Michael Jon Carter was persuaded by his dissolute father to throw games for money - and was soon discovered and expelled. Eventually ending up a night watchman at the Metropolis Space Museum, Carter decided to steal a selection of the museum's superhero artifacts, and head back to the 20th century to become a hero in his own right.

Which...actually worked out surprisingly well for him, with his commerciality and inexperience being balanced out by a genuine drive to do the right thing. Gold ultimately ended up developing a popular partnership with Blue Beetle, and even joined the Justice League for a time - becoming a fan-favorite in the process.

Which Is Where Nathan Fillion Comes in...

During a recent appearance at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, Fillion was asked which superhero he would want to play - in either the Marvel or DC universe - if he had the opportunity to pick for himself. His response?

"I think I could take a pretty good crack at Booster Gold...That’s kind of my niche… show-offy, vain. I think I could handle that… not too bright."

Which... would make a whole lot of sense...

Fillion also, however, offered up a a few alternatives, should Gold prove to be unavailable:

"I think Ambush Bug. Remember that guy? Little bit off his rocker. You’d never see my face."

Then adding:

"But I think Greatest American Hero is due for a reboot."

Which...well, which proves Fillion is just as much of a lovable geek as we've always imagined him to be, but perhaps it doesn't quite match the sheer perfection of Fillion playing Booster Gold in an actual, factual DC movie.

Or, y'know, coming back to Marvel and playing Nova in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.

Either way works for me...

What do you think, though?



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