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Is Benedict Cumberbatch being considered for multiple DC Comics roles?

09.03.2014

Well, this is an interesting turn of events. After rumors had Benedict Cumberbatch in line for the role of DOCTOR STRANGE for Marvel, now comes word that he may be considered for not just one but two roles for Warner Bros and the DC Cinematic Universe. BBC Newsbeat and CinemaBlend are reporting that Cumberbatch is being considered for the role of Martian Manhunter in JUSTICE LEAGUE or a major villain in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE.

Cumberbatch was asked about the Martian Manhunter role at the GQ Awards and seemed aware of the rumor but seemed to indicate the BATMAN V SUPERMAN villain role was news to him. In either case, this seems to be one of the first times Benedict Cumberbatch has been directly linked to a DC movie role. What makes it even more intriguing is the fact that the actor was not direct in discounting the Martian Manhunter one as he did with the DOCTOR STRANGE ones.

After his villainous turn in STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, Cumberbatch has been named in connection with practically every major franchise in Hollywood. He has worked steadily in supporting roles or leads in smaller films like THE FIFTH ESTATE and THE IMITIATION GAME. Hopefully this pans out as a major coup for Warner Bros to get such a popular actor for their growing cinematic universe.

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9:18AM on 09/04/2014

+1 for Sandman

CG is right: Benedict Cumberbatch would make an excellent Morpheus.
CG is right: Benedict Cumberbatch would make an excellent Morpheus.
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3:18AM on 09/04/2014
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1:52AM on 09/04/2014
Would rather he not be under a bunch of makeup. We have to see his face as he is! Get him a different role.
Would rather he not be under a bunch of makeup. We have to see his face as he is! Get him a different role.
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10:05PM on 09/03/2014

Idris Elba

Idris Elba should be The Martian Manhunter!
Idris Elba should be The Martian Manhunter!
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8:56PM on 09/03/2014
Don't think he'd be a good Martian Manhunter at all, but am not opposed to seeing Cumberbatch stuff his face with oreos (or Chocos) just for the heck of it!
Don't think he'd be a good Martian Manhunter at all, but am not opposed to seeing Cumberbatch stuff his face with oreos (or Chocos) just for the heck of it!
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8:53PM on 09/03/2014
Martian Manhunter is part of the Justice League .We already have the trinity confirmed and a Aquaman movie is yet too be announced but DC has the website rights.....So makes sense that MM will have a actor playing him and announced soon.
Martian Manhunter is part of the Justice League .We already have the trinity confirmed and a Aquaman movie is yet too be announced but DC has the website rights.....So makes sense that MM will have a actor playing him and announced soon.
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7:48PM on 09/03/2014
Screw Cumberbatch, he's terrible. Don't let the English accent fool you into thinking he's a "proper" actor, Hollywood. Oops, too late.
Screw Cumberbatch, he's terrible. Don't let the English accent fool you into thinking he's a "proper" actor, Hollywood. Oops, too late.
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9:19PM on 09/03/2014
HULK SMASH
HULK SMASH
9:53PM on 09/03/2014
troll!!!!!
troll!!!!!
6:40PM on 09/03/2014
Sadly I don't think there's anything to this story. Just some sites rushing to post about Cumberbatch because he;s good click bait. Personally I'd love him in a DC franchise and my daughter would be over the moon but the reason he couldn't do Dr Strange still stands. His diary is full. Henry VI/Richard III Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses films for the BBC. Followed by Sherlock special and then possibly a film (Lost City of Z or Yellow Birds) before he starts rehearsals for Hamlet. After
Sadly I don't think there's anything to this story. Just some sites rushing to post about Cumberbatch because he;s good click bait. Personally I'd love him in a DC franchise and my daughter would be over the moon but the reason he couldn't do Dr Strange still stands. His diary is full. Henry VI/Richard III Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses films for the BBC. Followed by Sherlock special and then possibly a film (Lost City of Z or Yellow Birds) before he starts rehearsals for Hamlet. After that he films 3 new Sherlock films so there's no way he can take on a DC role.
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4:11PM on 09/03/2014
MManhunter is one of my favorites. I think BC would be pretty good at it.
MManhunter is one of my favorites. I think BC would be pretty good at it.
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4:27PM on 09/03/2014
they are never going to make martian manhunter movie.that guy is soo OP.
they are never going to make martian manhunter movie.that guy is soo OP.
9:21PM on 09/03/2014
The one thing i hate about MM is that he is scared of fire .Da fcuk!!???!Mars is called the fiery planet *sigh* But yeah,he is awesome,great powers as well.
The one thing i hate about MM is that he is scared of fire .Da fcuk!!???!Mars is called the fiery planet *sigh* But yeah,he is awesome,great powers as well.
9:49PM on 09/03/2014
@queen bee

despite the name, there's not enough oxygen on Mars to start an actual fire.
@queen bee

despite the name, there's not enough oxygen on Mars to start an actual fire.
4:11PM on 09/03/2014
Damned dirty double posts!
Damned dirty double posts!
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4:11PM on 09/03/2014
Great news that he might be up for a role in the DC universe. Horrible to hear if the news of them still trying to cast a villain for BvS: DoJ is true. At this point, how much more do you really need in that movie.
I've read below and there is a lot of talk about him being the perfect MM or Brainiac. While I don't discount any of those choices, there are still so many more characters he is equally suited to play. Personally I think he would make for a great Hal Jordan or Barry Allen. He
Great news that he might be up for a role in the DC universe. Horrible to hear if the news of them still trying to cast a villain for BvS: DoJ is true. At this point, how much more do you really need in that movie.
I've read below and there is a lot of talk about him being the perfect MM or Brainiac. While I don't discount any of those choices, there are still so many more characters he is equally suited to play. Personally I think he would make for a great Hal Jordan or Barry Allen. He could also be a great Aquaman if Jason Mamoa falls through (although Mamoa would be an idiot to pass on that role).
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3:40PM on 09/03/2014
Christ this is like Nathan Fillion all over again. I like the guy (I like 'em both) but they can't be up for everything. Just cast them so we can move on.
Christ this is like Nathan Fillion all over again. I like the guy (I like 'em both) but they can't be up for everything. Just cast them so we can move on.
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3:28PM on 09/03/2014

Unless the villain in BvS is Brainiac Cumberbatch is much more suited for MM

Cumberbatch can be in every major franchise because, like Oldman, is a dynamic actor with a lot of range when it comes to roles he can play. I'd love him to be a villain because it's what he's good at, but if he's a character like MM I wouldn't mind either.
Cumberbatch can be in every major franchise because, like Oldman, is a dynamic actor with a lot of range when it comes to roles he can play. I'd love him to be a villain because it's what he's good at, but if he's a character like MM I wouldn't mind either.
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6:37PM on 09/03/2014
He's eloquent and sophisticated, which is why he was such a great Kahn (despite not having that much to do in the movie). Out of the entire DC Universe, MM is the only person I can think of (other than Dr Fate) who has that kind of eloquence.

I'm REALLY hoping they don't do Brainiac. Coming on the heels of Avengers 2 (following up the 3rd biggest movie in history) being about an AI regenerating robot, why would you make a $200 million movie about an AI regenerating robot?
He's eloquent and sophisticated, which is why he was such a great Kahn (despite not having that much to do in the movie). Out of the entire DC Universe, MM is the only person I can think of (other than Dr Fate) who has that kind of eloquence.

I'm REALLY hoping they don't do Brainiac. Coming on the heels of Avengers 2 (following up the 3rd biggest movie in history) being about an AI regenerating robot, why would you make a $200 million movie about an AI regenerating robot?
3:28PM on 09/03/2014

i wish......

i wish he was involved with DC. but warner bros. isn't cool enough.
i wish he was involved with DC. but warner bros. isn't cool enough.
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3:18PM on 09/03/2014
All for Cumberbatch joining the DC Universe. He would make a great Martian Manhunter or for a villain, he would be an excellent Braniac.

And if we are talking Batman villains then The Riddler or possibly Joker? Anyway, hope DC signs him to whatever. He and the already announced Johnson would make great additions to the DC Universe.
All for Cumberbatch joining the DC Universe. He would make a great Martian Manhunter or for a villain, he would be an excellent Braniac.

And if we are talking Batman villains then The Riddler or possibly Joker? Anyway, hope DC signs him to whatever. He and the already announced Johnson would make great additions to the DC Universe.
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3:16PM on 09/03/2014

Brainiac

Yeah, he'd be perfect for Brainiac!
Yeah, he'd be perfect for Brainiac!
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3:23PM on 09/03/2014
Good call
Good call
6:39PM on 09/03/2014
Yeah he would, but DC would be insane to make a movie where the villain was a robot right after Avengers 2 is about a robot. It is just really bad optics.
Yeah he would, but DC would be insane to make a movie where the villain was a robot right after Avengers 2 is about a robot. It is just really bad optics.
6:39PM on 09/03/2014
Yeah he would, but DC would be insane to make a movie where the villain was a robot right after Avengers 2 is about a robot. It is just really bad optics.
Yeah he would, but DC would be insane to make a movie where the villain was a robot right after Avengers 2 is about a robot. It is just really bad optics.
9:13PM on 09/03/2014
I'd also like Mads Mikkelsen for Brainiac.
I'd also like Mads Mikkelsen for Brainiac.
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