Tom Hanks recently expressed interest in playing a superhero. During a recent press interview for his film Captain Philips, which has so far been a much needed box office success for Hanks, the actor expressed interest in getting a chance to play Batman. Or at least “throw a shield at somebody.”
The 57-year-old actor,who has had his fair share of iconic roles, may be a bit old to play a superhero. Even some of the oldest actors playing superheroes, like Robert Downey Jr. and Ben Affleck, are 48 and 41 respectively. However, considering Iron Man and Batman are continuing franchises, these actors could play these characters well into their 50s.
Samuel L. Jackson, who’s 64, has a recurring role as S.H.I.E.L.D agent Nick Fury in the Marvel films, but is technically not a superhero. Hanks claims that he’s never been asked to play a superhero, or even a villain, and he doesn’t want to resort to the Nick Fury type role.
“They don’t ask me and I keep trying… Come on, I can do it. Let me play a bad guy, let me play the bad guy against Batman. I’ll do anything, call me,” Hanks told The Showbiz 411. “God, I want to throw a shield at somebody. I want that. And I don’t want to play the guy in the suit who tells the superheroes what’s going on, I don’t want to be that guy. ‘Well, you know Batman… Captain America, Iron Man, here’s what we’ve discovered.’ I don’t want to be that guy. I want to get in there, I want to play the Flash or something like that. They’ll never give me a chance.”
Poor Tom. But considering he already has two Oscars and franchise characters like Woody from Toy Story and Robert Langdon, whom he’s reprising for the upcomin Inferno, we don’t feel too bad for him.