We’ve all done it: cast movies with our favorite actors for our favorite comics properties. With the announcement of the 4th Matrix movie and all the rumors flying around about the meetings Keanu Reeves has had with MCU guru Kevin Feige, this piece will be part pitch, part wish list as we forge a list of roles best suited for Reeves from various comics companies.
We’re not just talking about the rumored roles that are currently out there in the online either, like Moon Knight, Silver Surfer, Dr. Doom, or Namor. This list is to try and point him in the direction of his next Matrix or John Wick style franchise.
So, who should Keanu Reeves play? Here are just five ideas.
5. Uncle Sam (DC Comics)
Like the recent Wonder Woman movie, an Uncle Sam movie could be a trilogy of period pieces that have him showing up at our darkest hours, protecting people, protesting injustice or just being a beacon of hope. Uncle Sam’s character can be boiled down to a kickass patriotic super-hippie, characteristics that Reeves is great at playing — at least the hippie part, i.e. Ted.
4. Zoltar/Galactor (Top Cow)
This can be a fun venue for Reeves to flex his artistic muscles. As a super ruthless master of disguise, playing the androgynous Zoltar calls for a gang of skills, including being a physically demanding role and from all the training video from John Wick, Reeves seems like the type of actor who loves leaning into the needs of the part. Right now the comic rights seem to be with Top Cow Productions and there have been a couple of Asian live adaptations but Keanu was born to cape it up.
3. Grand Admiral Thrawn (Star Wars/Marvel)
Think of Thrawn as an evil alien version of Sherlock Holmes: a cold and calculating military mastermind from the Unknown Regions, he gave the New Republic a series of body blows that brought it to its knees and almost undid everything that was accomplished with the death of Emperor Palpatine and the fracturing of the Empire, in the books. Reeves hasn’t spent a lot of time in the makeup chair, but a haircut, contacts and some blue paint puts him in a three-movie deal, easy, to explore the darker side of the SWU with an Empire-centric point of view.
2. Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt (Dynamite Comics)
What makes this a good look for Keanu Reeves is that Thunderbolt is a great mash-up of Batman and the Dali Lama, given a cache of ancient knowledge and trained to use untapped portions of his brain to the peak of human perfection making “…seemingly fantastic feats possible!” The list of folks that can pull off a Zen superhuman isn’t long, but either way, Reeves would be on it.
1. Magneto (Marvel Entertainment)
At this point in his career, besides the physicality of the role, Keanu Reeves can pull off that twisted sense of humor and he already knows how to stop bullets and fight killer robots, on film. Now if this does happen, then I really need to start playing lotto.
Bonus: X-O Manowar or Ninja-K (Valiant Comics)
With Ninja-K, his snark is a great match for Reeves — the only drawback would be the British accent, which Reeves would have to fake.