Johnny Depp Wanted to Play Namor Way Before the Marvel Character’s Onscreen Debut

 has played a number of interesting and . But for all of his roles, comic book films have always seemed to elude him.

If Depp had it his way, there was one comic character he would’ve portrayed years ago.

Johnny Depp was almost Batman in ‘Batman Forever’

Although Depp hasn’t been in any major comic book adaptations so far, he was once unofficially attached to a Batman project. Back in the early 2000s, Depp was rumored to be playing the Riddler in a potential sequel. Depp was quick to deny the rumors back then. And as fascinated as he would’ve been to play the supervillain, he was a bit intimidated to follow up .

“I would certainly not turn it down right away, but I’m not sure I could do it justice. Especially after how well Heath did as The Joker, I think my playing Riddler would be a step back for the films. But hey, never say never,” he once said according to .

Depp also revealed that he was once in the running to play Batman himself in .  vouched for Depp to do the project.

“What happened was Tim was producing it and he was trying to talk Joel Schumacher [the Director] and the movie bosses to give me a shot at the role but it just never really worked out,” Depp said.

Johnny Depp once wanted to play Namor

The comic book character Namor recently made his debut in the Marvel film . But way before the anti-hero was , Depp expressed interest in playing the character. This was because he’d been a fan of the Submariner since his youth.

“I was a rock ‘n’ roll kid, mainly, but prior to age 12, when the rock ‘n’ roll sort of took hold, I was a comic-book head,” Depp once told (via ). “Namor is great. There was this strange double edge to the guy. And there was also something about living underwater that I liked a lot.”

He also expressed a bit of shock that one of his idols in Clint Eastwood was interested in playing Namor as well. Eastwood revealed his own interest in the character in an old  interview.

“The Sub-Mariner, that’s the one I always liked,” Eastwood said. “I had all of those comics when I was a kid.”

Was Johnny Depp ever considered for Dr. Strange?

Before Benedict Cumberbatch  in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there was much speculation about who’d end up in the role. Depp was one of a few actors whose names were being tossed around for the project. But in a 2014 interview with , producer Kevin Feige responded to the rumors directly.

{No, no. When you have a project that’s been around as long as Doctor Strange, there is sometimes, ‘Oh, I’ve met with Stan about this! Or I did that!’ So Strange is one of those projects that predates me by a long shot. Obviously, the character does, but even in its cinematic brewing. So there’s a lot of things that have happened before me, and I’ve been here 14 years. So that’s a long time ago. I don’t know if that happened then,” Feige said.

He also clarified that a star of Depp’s caliber at the time wasn’t needed for the Marvel superhero movie.

“I think if you’re looking to track our decision-making and how we’ve done things, we have a pretty wide track record now where you can sort of see. So, no, a movie star is not required, but that doesn’t mean a movie star wouldn’t be great. It just depends,” he said.

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