Before Marvel found its Iron Man in Robert Downey Jr, rumors were rife that for the now-beloved role, one of the strong contenders was Hollywood A-lister Tom Cruise.
Although, at the time, the Mission Impossible actor had dismissed the chatter, saying, “I can’t imagine anyone else in that role, and I think it’s perfect for him.”
It looks like an opportunity to play a superhero has opened up for him again. The franchise is DC Extended Universe this time around, and most fans are demanding Cruise be a part of the Green Lantern Corps. To be specific, as an older and more mature Hal Jordan.
The speculation, to the relief of many, reached Cruise’s ears while he was doing the press rounds for his upcoming action flick, ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’, and surprisingly enough, the actor didn’t rule out the possibility either.
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“We haven’t talked about that,” the 55-year-old actor told MTV, referring to co-star Henry Cavill, who is otherwise better known for his caped-crusades as Superman. “We were always too focused on the movie, the scene, the mustache.”
It’s quite interesting because Cruise has a whole history of doing action adventures and yet he has never, till date, suited up for a superhero movie. But better late than never.
“You know, there’s always another mountain in anything.” says the MI 6 actor.
He added, “I’ll never say no if I find something that’s interesting and I think an audience would like to see it and they’ll be entertained by it, and I feel like I could contribute something to it.”
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For some time now, a recurring rumor within the DC movies’ fandom has been over Cruise’s possible casting as the Green Lantern. And the actor’s latest response about joining DCEU has done little to do away with the speculations.
In fact, in the wake of Cruise’s interview, a fan tweeted, “I don’t know what the tom cruise DC rumors are but I really want him to be Hal Jordan. Makes a lot of sense to me.”
“DCComics going to need #ChristopherNolan #ChristianBale @LeoDiCaprio #JosephGordanLevitt AND @TomCruise to get DC Comics back on top! Just saying,” shared another.
Meanwhile, Cruise’s co-star, Cavill had an interesting response to the whole superhero/Green Lantern buzz, saying, “I think there would be something very interesting in that, absolutely.”
Cruise stars with Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg and other in ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’, arriving in theaters on July 27.