Tom Hardy was about to play the DC supervillain Rick Flagg in the upcoming flick Suicide Squad, but he eventually dropped out of the project. Now, the actor expresses his desire to play another comic book character. The character isn't a supervillain, but a superhero! It isn't even a DC superhero, but a Marvel superhero!
The Mad Max: Fury Road star wants to play the role of the Marvel superhero The Punisher! In a recent interview with Collider, Tom Hardy states, "I want The Punisher"¦ I want The Punisher, or Splinter Cell, I want something"¦I don't know what I want." The actor reaffirms his desire to play Marvel superhero later in the interview saying, "Frank Castle, I would love it. Is that him, isn't it?"
However, the actor seems concerned about his eligibility for the role due to his height. He adds, "I'm not big enough to be The Punisher, I'm 5'9"." By far, we've seen three different versions of The Punisher on big-screen, and each of the three actors who played the role are taller than Tom Hardy – Dolph Lundgren of the 1989 adaptation and Ray Stevenson of the 2008 adaptation are 6'5" and 6'4" in height respectively. Thomas Jane of the 2004 adaptation is far shorter than the two, but still a couple of inches taller than Hardy!
Fan Art - Tom Hardy As The Punisher!
But the height factor doesn't seem to bother the fans as within twenty-four hours of the interview, we've already got an amazing fan art featuring Tom Hardy as The Punisher. Check out the fan art on the following page.
Here's the fan art for you (via ComicBookMovie)!
Why Did Hardy Leave Suicide Squad?
Tom Hardy also explains to Collider why he eventually walked out of Suicide Squad. In other words, the actor slams the rumor that there was a conflict between him and the studio regarding the direction of the script! Here's what he states:
"Warner Bros. is my home studio and I love them so I was really bummed out. I wanted to work on that and I know the script is really fucking alley and I also know what's gonna happen with The Joker and Harley Quinn in that; I won't give away too much"¦it's fucking alley. And that whole territory is something that I would certainly"”I mean, everybody loves The Joker. Everybody loves The Joker. Will Smith is a dope guy, but everybody loves The Joker and that's gonna, I think, be a very important film for fans."
So, do you want to see Tom Hardy as The Punisher? Share your opinion via comments!