Matthew McConaughey Reveals Previous Talks with Marvel and DC

Following his breakout roles in Mud, Magic Mike, Dallas Buyers Club, and “True Detective,” actor Matthew McConaughey has been more in-demand than ever before and apparently Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. wanted him in their respective cinematic universes. Speaking with Variety, McConaughey was asked if he’d ever consider being in a superhero movie and revealed that he has been courted by both studios before.

“I’ve read some Marvel and DC scripts and I’ve talked about working with them on some scripts, none of which I’ll share with with you what they are — or were. Yeah, I’ve circled some of those. Nothing has been right for me yet. But I’m sure open to it.”

McConaughey was then asked what would convince him to be a part of one, saying:

“It’s very simple for me. I look at the script. Is the opportunity exciting? Is the money that comes with it exciting? Sure. Is it the possibility of going, ‘Hey you can get on a train and it can be a franchise and you could do 3, 4, 5, and have a great time as some kind of superhero or anti-hero.’ But I would also look at something like that and say, ‘Hey, in success that means you are on the train for a while.’ Contractually, you’re going to return to the character over and over. It’s something I asked myself is it something I’d want to return to. Would I be excited to go back and put the shoes on the character again? Going and doing the press tour with that group of people again? I always ask myself those questions again. It starts with the story and character.”

Marvel and DC’s cinematic universes are continuing to expand, with both having planted flags going into 2019 and beyond, but many of the heroes have already been cast. There are some upcoming films without their lead heroes such as Inhumans, Shazam, and Green Lantern, though perhaps McConaughey could be courted for a villain role, having previously been in talks for the role of Randall Flagg in The Stand. What superhero film would you like to see McConaughey take on? Sound off below!

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