After his award winning performance in Breaking Bad, it’s surprising that neither Marvel nor DC has snapped Bryan Cranston up for a key role in one of their superhero movies. Of course, the actor appears to have gone out of his way to avoid villainous characters following the end of the hit AMC drama (likely to avoid being typecast), but when it comes to comic book adaptations, it’s hard to deny that Cranston would be perfect for a bad guy.
That’s obviously why he was such a fan-favourite choice to take on the role of Lex Luthor in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but after recently making his interest in playing a Marvel villain clear, Cranston has now named who he hopes to star as in not a Marvel Studios movie, but an X-Men one.
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Talking at the New York Comic-Con this past weekend, Cranston confirmed that he has his sights set on Mr. Sinister, a character who has yet to make his big screen debut. In the comics, 19th Century scientist Nathaniel Essex was genetically mutated by Apocalypse, who shared his philosophy of Social Darwinism. Becoming the immortal Mr. Sinister, he is perhaps the greatest geneticist in the world; capable of cloning, creating, enhancing and controlling mutant abilities.
However, despite those ties to the titular villain of next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, it doesn’t appear as if there are any plans for him to show up. That obviously leaves the door open to Cranston playing the villain in the next X-Men trilogy, and given Sinister’s ties to characters like Cyclops and Jean Grey, him becoming that franchise’s new big bad makes perfect sense.
Whether or not any of this will actually happen obviously remains to be seen, but here’s hoping Fox has taken note of Cranston’s comments and are already lining him up as their next big X-Men villain.