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Tom Hanks Wants To Be The Flash And Get Some Superhero Action; Will He Play Doctor Strange Or A Batman Villain?

By Staff Writer | October 17, 2013 02:12 AM EDT

The world of comic book movie adaptations has never been bigger. Actors who  would never even be imagined to associate with superhero movies have jumped in.

Ben Kingsley did it in "Iron Man 3." Robert Redford will do it in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Thus the idea of Tom Hanks, a relatively younger actor who has had a wider variety or roles, is not too far-fetched. But unlike Kingsley and Redford, Hanks wants to take it one step further.

Kingsley and Redford never donned costumes (Kingsley was arguable, but the was not a costume by any chance) and are not actual superheroes or villains (Kingsley is arguable again). Hanks doesn't want to be a background guy. He wants to be right there in the middle of the action.

In his own words (from an interview with Showbiz 411): "Come on, I can do it [laughs]. Let me play a bad guy, let me play the bad guy against Batman. I'll do anything, call me. They've never asked. What do I have to do? 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."

Perhaps The Flash is quite a stretch, but the Batman villain..that's interesting. The question is, which one.

There's actually a role that's been passed around. As suggested by Unleash The Fanboy, Tom Hanks is not too old to play Doctor Strange, and the physical demands could be masked by CGI. He is a sorcerer, he's not The Hulk. The diabetes won't get in the way.

So Marvel, the ball is in your court. Consecutive Academy Award winners don't grow on trees. In fact, there's only two of them in all movie history.

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