Tom Hanks Wants to Play ‘The Flash’ or a Super Villain in ‘Batman Vs. Superman’

The Oscar winner says he wants to throw a shield at someone. Just don’t give him the scientist or government agent role.

Tom Hanks wants to play the Batman vs. Superman villain or The Flash
Tom Hanks wants to play the Batman vs. Superman villain or The Flash
With his latest drama Captain Phillips receiving rave reviews, there's a good chance that Tom Hanks may take home his third Oscar for his performance next year. Even with all of his success, the beloved actor has still never taken on the superhero genre, something which he would like to change. During a recent interview, Tom Hanks revealed he would do anything to play the villain in Batman Vs. Superman or The Flash.

"No, [it's not a choice], they don't ask me and I keep trying...Come on, I can do it [laughs]. Let me play a bad guy, let me play the bad guy against Batman. I'll do anything, come on! Call me. They've never asked. What do I have to do? God, I want to throw a shield at somebody. I want that. And I don't want to play the guy in the suit who tells the superheroes what's going on, I don't want to be that guy. 'Well, you know Batman...Captain America, Iron Man, here's what we've discovered.' I don't want to be that guy. I want to get in there, I want to play The Flash or something like that. They'll never give me a chance."

While it seems that the actor is just randomly name-dropping different superheroes, he does seem incredibly eager to play either a hero or a villain. Could you see Tom Hanks squaring off against Ben Affleck's Batman? Would he be right for The Flash? Are there any particular superheroes or villains you think are right for an actor of Tom Hanks' stature? Let us know!

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25th, 2016 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

The Flash is in development .

Sources: Showbiz 411

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Comments (44)

  1. John Ingemi

    Run Flash, Run!

    1 year agoby @John-IngemiFlag

  2. Brian Sweger

    Tom Hanks cant play the flash. They are bring in barry allen into the arrow series and from what Ive heard they plan on possibly using him to play flash in the upcoming movie and for the justice league movie. Tom Hanks for commissioner Gordon I could see.

    1 year agoby @Brian-SwegerFlag

  3. test-0001

    Tom Hanks is Commissioner Gordon.
    Bill Nighy is Alfred Pennyworth.
    These are the only two supporting characters from Batman's story that are essential to establishing why Batman is interacting with Superman. So the supporting cast from Superman's side should obviously be Perry White and Lois Lane, no need for any other character development, just get straight to the story of the conflict and eventual resolution. There isn't enough time in this movie to introduce other characters, if you do then you need to explain why they are there and how they came to be. To do this right they need similar standalone or vs. story lines.

    How I see it laid out for the whole story arc would be like this
    1. Man of Steel
    2. Superman vs. Batman - Lex Luthor and The Joker
    3. Wonder Woman vs. Aquaman, and Superman - Aries and Black Manta
    4. Justice League (part 1) - Braniac, Lex Luthor, and Black Manta
    5. Flash vs. Green Lantern, and Batman - Mirror Master, Sinestro, and Scarecrow
    6. Justice League (part 2) - vs. The Sinestro Corps
    7. Black Canary vs. Green Arrow, and Batman - Deathstroke and Deadshot
    8. Captain Marvel vs. Black Adam - Superman
    9. Cyborg vs. Martian Man-Hunter - Batman and Superman
    10. Justice League (part 3) - The Injustice League or Darkseid

    1 year agoby @test-0001Flag

  4. Tomp1210

    @jimbobskidoo Yeh totally, like I can really see him with his piano-bar club, getting hitmen in etc. too. Deathstroke would be a badass movie villain, maybe partner up with Deadshot to make an interesting team? Like maybe get a call in from Supes for the sniper etc.

    1 year agoby @tomp1210Flag

  5. Sean

    @ObiWanShinobi Oh, I see. Yeah, I'd die laughing, seeing Tom Hanks bald. That would be a pretty funny sight, lol :P . I wonder who will end up getting the role of Lex Luthor for Batman vs Superman, if that character is in Batman vs Superman ?

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  6. ObiWanShinobi

    I meant there can't be another OLD Lex, I'm totally up for a new, younger one. Instead of using CGI, they could just save money & skip a step by going young.

    Plus if I saw Tom Hanks bald I would die laughing. @themoviefanatic

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  7. Sean

    @ObiWanShinobi Sure there can be another Lex Luthor. Maybe they can make Tom Hanks look younger, if he is hired for the role of Lex Luthor.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  8. ObiWanShinobi

    Their can't be another old Lex Luthor though guyss. He's supposed to mirror Clark's age. They grew up together. @themoviefanatic@monkeyiron2-0

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  9. Fry_3000

    @Sid-Sinner ah......well that makes more sense then :), thanks for clarity.

    1 year agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  10. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    Tom Hanks should play more villainous roles. That'd indeed be awesome. :-)

    1 year agoby @redcameramanFlag

  11. ejk1

    Black Mask.

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  12. LuxoIII

    @Sid-Sinner I'm just saying I don't wanna see Tom Hanks in a red jumpsuit in any way. It would probably work if he played the mentor (which is what I think you mean, I'm not familiar with Flash comics).

    1 year agoby @brady1138Flag

  13. undeadslayer4

    @monkeyiron2-0 idk things can change

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  14. LazerDude

    this may sound odd but I think he could play Mattalio

    1 year agoby @lazerdudeFlag

  15. Monkeyiron 2.0

    @undeadslayer4 don't say that bub lol

    1 year agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  16. undeadslayer4

    @monkeyiron2-0 he could be the penguin but not lex luther

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  17. Sid Sinner

    @Fry-3000@brady1138 ...PEOPLE! He's not talking about Barry Allen, he's talking about the Flash with the hat/old flash\the first and original flash aka Jay Garrick!... Now that you guys know, what do you think of Tom Hanks proposicion?!

    1 year agoby @Sid-SinnerFlag

  18. Sid Sinner

    PEOPLE! He's not talking about Barry Allen, he's talking about the Flash with the hat/old flash\the first and original flash aka Jay Garrick!... Now that you guys know, what do you think of Tom Hanks proposicion?!

    1 year agoby @Sid-SinnerFlag

  19. Mephistopheles

    No, You're all wrong. He should play Sinestro.

    1 year agoby @MephistophelesFlag

  20. CoreyB

    Well this is nothing but a good thing...Why isnt Zack Snyder on the horn with one of the best actors out there? Make him a villain! He would be sick! And not to mention...he only helps your movie

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  21. Justin Neault

    Every director should be jumping at this offer!

    2 years agoby @Justin-NeaultFlag

  22. Fry_3000

    No f*cking way to the flash. Villain , no problem, go for it :)

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  23. gumperman

    Hmmm, he would be good as Dr. Strange, I could see it. Interesting choice for Lex too if that happens. I could see both.

    2 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  24. ChristinaM15

    Is it wrong I'd love to see him as the Flash if it meant he got a role in a superhero film? lmao

    2 years agoby @christina-montanaFlag

  25. LuxoIII

    Definitely not Flash, but CERTAINLY a villain! That would be cool!

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  26. Sean

    @monkeyiron2-0 Yes, I think so too.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  27. stabalice83

    Hanks should play Hugo Strange

    2 years agoby @stabalice83Flag

  28. thedude-abides

    Hanks playing a villain is such an awesome idea, I'm a little surprised it hasn't happened yet.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  29. Mr.K

    Hanks should play a villain but who?

    2 years agoby @mr-kFlag

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