First Tommy Wiseau wanted the job, and now this? In a new interview, Nicolas Cage says that he thinks that he could be a “perfect” actor to play the Joker in an upcoming film—oh, and he’d also like to play Doctor Doom.
“I always thought I’d make a great Joker, and I always thought that I would’ve been a good villain in one of the Marvel [movies], like Doctor Doom,” he said in a discussion with JoBlo.
Specifically, he would want to do some sort of origin movie for Doctor Doom, so that he could avoid wearing the character’s iconic metal mask.
For the record, he said in the same interview that he thinks his time in comic book movies is probably done; hypothetically, however? “At this point if I was to go back into the format it would probably have to be as a villain.
The veteran actor is well-known for some rather hammy performances, so suggesting that he play a supervillain—especially one as unhinged as the Clown Prince of Crime—is not entirely far-fetched. Doctor Doom is a bit more of a hard sell, however—he can be rather hammy, but in a way that’s more cold and less goofy than Cage is known for.
He seems to agree, saying that with the Joker, “It would be the perfect one for me to go even more off the rails than I’ve ever done before and, y’know, it’d be fun.”
While Cage has never played a comic book villain before, he was the main character in 2007’s Ghost Rider and its 2012 sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. He played the titular character, Johnny Blaze, who makes a deal with the devil and thus becomes a flaming skeleton who hunts down the sinful and punishes them on behalf of Hell. The first film, while silly, was rather financially successful; the latter, less so.
Currently Jared Leto is playing the Joker in the DC Extended Universe, and Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly going to portray him in an unrelated origin movie (though the actor is being coy about that). There is some talk about Fox doing a Doctor Doom movie, but that seems to be up in the air at the moment, due to the Fantastic Four franchise being recently bought by Disney.