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Ben Mendelsohn rumored to be up for Justice League Dark villain role

11.19.2015

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Hot on the heels of the recent rumor that Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor, Monica Bellucci and Ron Perlman are up for roles in JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK comes word from Heroic Hollywood that Ben Mendelsohn (ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES) is also being considered for a part in the planned film. According to their sources, Mendelsohn is being eyed to play Swamp Thing nemesis Anton Arcane, but apparently the actor doesn't want to take the role until he knows who will be directing.

Character description from DC Comics Database:

Anton Arcane, sometimes simply known as Arcane, is an evil sorcerer and scientist whose obsession with gaining immortality has led him to create monstrous creatures known as "Un-Men" as well as other monstrous biogenetic experimentations involving the dead. Another one of his creations was the Patchwork Man, who had once been Anton's own brother Gregori.

Arcane ended having his brain transplanted into an Un-Man body by some of his Un-Men following a battle with Swamp Thing, and after he died and his soul was sent to hell, also became a demon. Do you think Ben Mendelsohn is a good fit to play Anton Arcane?

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK doesn't have a release date yet, but Warner Bros. is reportedly aiming to start production sometime next year.

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11:30AM on 11/19/2015

Hey, JoBlo staff!

Next "Cast This" column: Who should direct Justice League Dark?
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10:56AM on 11/19/2015

I'm really happy to see this moving forward

It's exciting to see DC really trying to separate its cinematic universe from Marvel's more family friendly fair. Justice League Dark is something I never thought would see the light of day--especially after Del Toro left the project earlier this year. I'm assuming DC is happy with what they're seeing with Suicide Squad to feel safe enough to go even darker.
It's exciting to see DC really trying to separate its cinematic universe from Marvel's more family friendly fair. Justice League Dark is something I never thought would see the light of day--especially after Del Toro left the project earlier this year. I'm assuming DC is happy with what they're seeing with Suicide Squad to feel safe enough to go even darker.
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9:56AM on 11/19/2015
Amazing actor, would be perfect for the role. Loved him as John Daggett in TDKR and now in Bloodline.
Amazing actor, would be perfect for the role. Loved him as John Daggett in TDKR and now in Bloodline.
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9:42AM on 11/19/2015
I really hope this film does happen after all of the casting rumors being solid for every role there considering and especially with someone as amazing and underrated as Mendelsohn as the main villain. It would be so disappointing if this film falls through (again); I just hope they get an awesome, visual director to bring these characters and universe to life.
I really hope this film does happen after all of the casting rumors being solid for every role there considering and especially with someone as amazing and underrated as Mendelsohn as the main villain. It would be so disappointing if this film falls through (again); I just hope they get an awesome, visual director to bring these characters and universe to life.
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9:18AM on 11/19/2015
The guy is really underrated. Hope he gets the job.
The guy is really underrated. Hope he gets the job.
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9:13AM on 11/19/2015
Allow me to add my voice to the "Ben Mendelsohn is underrated" chorus.
Allow me to add my voice to the "Ben Mendelsohn is underrated" chorus.
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8:53AM on 11/19/2015
Two good things in this report, Ben is a phenomenal and underrated actor and that the main Villain is going to be fuckin Anton Arcane. If they're going with Arcane this film is going to be very dark, Arcana kills babies like its nothing in the comics. He's pretty much the harbinger of death.
Two good things in this report, Ben is a phenomenal and underrated actor and that the main Villain is going to be fuckin Anton Arcane. If they're going with Arcane this film is going to be very dark, Arcana kills babies like its nothing in the comics. He's pretty much the harbinger of death.
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8:47AM on 11/19/2015
Mid ninties Gary Oldman?
Mid ninties Gary Oldman?
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9:13AM on 11/19/2015
I actually thought that really is Gary Oldman!
I actually thought that really is Gary Oldman!
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8:40AM on 11/19/2015
Whaaaaaaaaaat? I'm in!!! Ben is SERIOUSLY, CRIMINALLY, UTTERLY underrated. Have you SEEN Animal Kingdom?! or The Place Beyond The Pines?! Or better yet Bloodline on Netflix?! GO! WATCH! BLOODLINE! RIGHT! THE! FUCK! RIGHT! NOW! Amazing show.
Whaaaaaaaaaat? I'm in!!! Ben is SERIOUSLY, CRIMINALLY, UTTERLY underrated. Have you SEEN Animal Kingdom?! or The Place Beyond The Pines?! Or better yet Bloodline on Netflix?! GO! WATCH! BLOODLINE! RIGHT! THE! FUCK! RIGHT! NOW! Amazing show.
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10:00AM on 11/19/2015
Bloodline is amazing.
Bloodline is amazing.
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