Jake Gyllenhaal On Possibly Playing A Superhero In The Future

When asked if he's "over the superhero thing" after previously being linked to the roles of Batman and Spider-Man, Source Code actor Jake Gyllenhaal isn't in a hurry to play a comic book hero right now, but doesn't entirely rule it out.

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By Paul Romano - 11/22/2012


Speaking with Short List, End Of Watch actor Jake Gyllenhaal is asked the popular question: Is he interested in playing a superhero role at some point in the future? He was previously rumored to replace Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 2, and was linked to the role of Batman before Christian Bale played the character in Batman Begins. When asked if he's still interested in portraying a superhero, Gyllenhaal doesn't sound entirely opposed to the idea, but isn't in a hurry to do so.

"At a certain point you realize there's always someone more interesting, talented and ready to do a role than you are - and you won't get every role you go for. All I want right now is to hone my skills and become a better actor, not dream about wearing a cape. But you never know."

Since previously being connected to two of the biggest superhero roles of all time, Gyllenhaal has been frequently fan-cast as various comic book movie roles by fans. The actor is no stranger to the action genre, having starred in films such as Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time, Source Code, and the aforementioned End Of Watch (which is in theaters now). Which comic book character would you like to see Gyllenhaal play on the big screen? For the actor's full chat with Short List, click the source link below.









Source: Short List
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SuperSomething616 - 11/22/2012, 5:06 AM
Shoulda been Jake instead of Tobey for the Raimi films...

I can see him playing a DC hero...
IronDean2099 - 11/22/2012, 5:36 AM
HalloweenJack @ A bit left field but I can see that working quite well.
SuperSomething616 - 11/22/2012, 5:53 AM
@ HalloweenJack - Yeah that would work!!! Good effort ;)
gambgel - 11/22/2012, 5:59 AM
new faces would be fresh, so no need to cast him at all.
DrRockso - 11/22/2012, 6:16 AM
Keep this [frick]er far far away for Star Wars
plasticboy - 11/22/2012, 6:22 AM
Hate how actor try think there so above superhero movies. i'm not talking about Jake but actors in general.
AC1 - 11/22/2012, 6:35 AM
Hal Jordan/Green Lantern!
TrueRedBlue - 11/22/2012, 6:43 AM
Jake's a really great actor. Whatever superhero he's tapped for is sure to be a good one.
TankD - 11/22/2012, 6:58 AM
I think hes got plenty of range if he can be the hipster slasher in this music video about a serial killer that only kills club kids then I think he uld be in the same leauge as Bale with his wacky Pat Bateman. check it out
blackster - 11/22/2012, 7:49 AM
guy's given one good performance in his lifetime. i don't think we'll be seeing any more from him. ever.
st1s - 11/22/2012, 9:05 AM
He should have been Bane, since he had Broke Back experience
ATrueHero1987 - 11/22/2012, 9:15 AM
How about Wonder Man or Captain Planet?!lmao

Seriously, I can see him as DD
Fogs - 11/22/2012, 9:19 AM
@st1s - hahah worst joke ever, but I LOLed!
jimpinto24 - 11/22/2012, 9:30 AM
Jake Gyllenhaal would be perfect for Batman!
IIIAdamantiumIII - 11/22/2012, 9:32 AM
he could pull off deadpool, any super hero film ryan renolds appears in turns out to be shit compared to other films. Blade 3 - he was good movie turned out shit. X-men Origins - he was good movie was shit. Green Lantern - was HORRIBLE! - he was okay - movie was shit. paper man - shit!
GuardianAngel - 11/22/2012, 10:11 AM
Wasn't he in the top two competing with Bale for Batman. I heard Nolan wanted Bale, but Goyer wanted Jake. As much as I loved Bale's performance, I would've also liked to see what Gyllenhaal would've done. Maybe it's not too late...
FoxForce5 - 11/22/2012, 10:19 AM
Gyllenhaal's good and I can see him doing well in the right roll. Just keep him (and anyone else) away from crap like that PoS "Prince of Persia" flick (and don't even get me started on how white the cast was for a film set in the ancient Middle East).
Equivocal - 11/22/2012, 10:24 AM
I think Jake can be cast in ANY superhero role and he will be just fine, I think @Halloween jack is right, he could be a great 'StarLord' or even DD !
Godzillafart - 11/22/2012, 11:07 AM
It would have been awesome if he had replaced Toby for Spider-Man 2.
Godzillafart - 11/22/2012, 11:09 AM
I don't think he's right for Batman. He would have been way better than Bale, but still not a good pick.
MIDAS - 11/22/2012, 11:36 AM
I agree with SaxoWolf, Jake for the new Dare Devil
FlannelGuy26 - 11/22/2012, 11:48 AM
Batman? Really? The guy may look the part, but his voice doesn't scream Bats. I think he had the package for Spidey, but Tobey owned that role IMO.

I'd say Captain Marvel. I could see him playing the heart of a kid angle

And I agree. The ensemble from every Batman flick or First Class proved, any caliber of actor can play a super hero
MIDAS - 11/22/2012, 11:49 AM
Or Iron Fist
TheSoulEater - 11/22/2012, 11:52 AM
He was honestly my choice to be Cyclops
logan27 - 11/22/2012, 11:55 AM
I could see him as Cyclops. I think he'd make a great Nathan Drake.
sameoldthing - 11/22/2012, 11:57 AM
Forget that turd..what makes people want him in a superhero role?
He oozes the personality of a candyass. Very boring actor.
KidGoku - 11/22/2012, 11:57 AM
Imagine if he was Batman and during the Dark Knight interrogation scene with Joker how awkward that would've been... and he would've been in love with his sister

But Daredevil or Cyclops would be perfect for him.
Spartan - 11/22/2012, 12:30 PM
He should've been Hawkeye over Renner.
MrCameron - 11/22/2012, 1:27 PM
^Agreed

I could see him as Hal Jordan, Star Lord, or Cyclops
sameoldthing - 11/22/2012, 1:29 PM
Renner has talent,Jake is a joke.
aztecRaingod - 11/22/2012, 2:20 PM
He wont jump to play a superhero, but he gladly signs on for the insufferable shitfest known as "Prince of Persia" ??
dancingmonkey08 - 11/22/2012, 7:07 PM
HA, what a coincidence. I have been watching a few Jake Gyllenhaal movies in the last while and I was just thinking a couple of days ago, its a pity he hasnt done a comic book movie yet. And I would really like him to do one too, moreso now than I used to. I used to hate him as an actor but he has become a lot more likeable in the last few years.

Maybe he could play Captain Marvel eventually or maybe a DC character. I cant think of anyone else he could play at the moment


@HaloweenJack

Star Lord could be great!
EditNinja - 11/23/2012, 12:47 AM
Superior.
breakUbatman - 11/23/2012, 1:55 AM
Mark Valley or Jon Hamm should play Superior, they can pull off both the washed up actor look and the classic hero look.

Jake doesn't seem right for that role to me

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