No, Christian! One is enough!

A wonky rumor is going around that Christian Bale is the frontrunner to play Dr. Strange:

The actor – who has played Batman in both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight – is said to be the number one choice to play Dr Strange in movie studio Marvel’s latest comic book adaptation.

A source said: “Christian is hot property right now, courtesy of Batman. Doctor Strange is a very different kind of hero to Batman and it’s felt Christian is the sort of actor who can make the part work on screen.

“It is understood a deal could be struck in the coming weeks.”

Excuse me, it is understood that this is just a rotten idea! Bale is allowed to play John Connor becaue it’s a different genre — that of robot-tinged apocalyptic future films — but he cannot play a Marvel superhero. That is just wrong! Christian, you might be having fun playing the Batman as a gravel-voiced psychotic, and sure, it’s fun to ride motorcycles and swing on Bat-ropes and all that, but one is enough! Don’t be greedy!

Who could play the Sorcerer Supreme? Come on, the answer is as obvious as the nose on Dormammu’s face: MAD MEN’s Jon Hamm!
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  1. says

    Well, Christian has already done the “go to the other side of the world to learn philosophy and lessons” ,ala Stephen Strange, in “Batman Begins”.

  2. says

    Ed Norton all but auditioned for the role of Dr. Strange in “The Illusionist” (2006).

    In fact, I recall reading that he instructed that film’s makeup artist he wanted “to look like Dr. Strange”. But, I suppose since he’s already been identified with one Marvel character, Marvel’s not keen on casting him for another one (especially since things got a little tense between them and Norton during the Hulk movie).

  3. says

    Yes, this is a terrible terrible idea. It’s bad enough that Cyclops right now in Uncanny looks just like Tom Brady. I’m not really sure where I’m going with that, except to say that Dr. Strange should not be Batman. That’s some house of ideas.

  4. Edward Liu says

    I wish I could remember the British movie I saw that made me think that Jeremy Northam could do a killer Dr. Strange. The body type is a bit squatter than Strange is normally drawn, but I think you could get away with it if you’re the sorcerer supreme.

  5. says

    I wonder if Marvel would have a problem with visual comparisons between Tony Stark and Dr. Strange (dark-haired white guys with facial hair)…possibly leading them to cast an actor with a more exotic look, maybe closer to Strange’s original, vaguely Asian look.

  6. Mordo says

    Jon Hamm’s great, of course (and should play some superhero), but he seems a little too “solid” to play Doc Strange. To me.

  7. K. says

    I was just thinking it’s only a matter of time before Jon Hamm lands a superhero movie role. Although I was thinking as Matt Hagen/Clayface in an obviously purely speculative Dark Knight sequel…

  8. says

    They tried.

    They found a skeleton in a chorus dancer’s costume, and a LOT OF GLITTERY SCRATCHES in the roof of the coffin.


  9. says

    Jon Hamm? Pshaw! Oh, he’s great and would make a terrific superhero, but he’s just not got the right look for Doctor Strange (I agree that he’d be a perfect Hal Jordan, though).

    I could actually see Christian Bale in the role. Would anyone outside of comics really object to him playing two different superheroes? And wouldn’t the comics world come around if the movie looked to be really good?

    I liked the Noah Wylie suggestion, too.

    Or how about Jude Law?

    Or how about Nathan Fillion?

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