Tom Hardy recently spoke with Collider about why he had to quit Suicide Squad. Collider just posted the second part of that interview, in which Hardy speaks about wanting to take on more comic book movies, and one character in particular is on his wish list: The Punisher.
HARDY: I want The Punisher. I want The Punisher, or Splinter Cell, I want something… I don’t know what I want.
You as Punisher could be very interesting.
HARDY: I’m not big enough to be The Punisher, I’m 5’9″ [Laughs].
But I actually think that adds to the character.
HARDY: Frank Castle, I would love it.
As far as we know, Hardy is already signed on as the lead in Splinter Cell, but development has been moving slowly. It’s nice to see him name-dropping it anyway.
It’s also worth noting that Marvel has the rights to The Punisher back (something Lexi Alexander probably wishes happened sooner), and the cast and creators of Netflix’s Daredevil show have expressed interest in having Castle fight the Defenders. We don’t really see him taking a cameo role in a TV show, but, on the other hand, being able to bank large movie roles hasn’t kept him from accepting smaller TV roles in the excellent Peaky Blinders and Taboo.
We could totally see him killing it as the Pun-isher, too…