Not Just Doctor Strange, Ryan Gosling Refused to Play the Most Notorious DC Villain of All Time

Ryan Gosling declined the iconic DC villain role for commitment issue with the studio.

Not Just Doctor Strange, Ryan Gosling Refused to Play the Most Notorious DC Villain of All Time

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  • Ryan Gosling almost played DCU's iconic villain Joker in David Ayer's 2016 movie 'Suicide Squad.'
  • The Canadian star was also in consideration for DC’s Ryan Reynolds-starrer 'Green Lantern' and MCU’s 'Doctor Strange' before Benedict Cumberbatch.
  • A recent rumor claims that Gosling is finally ready to make his MCU debut.
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Ryan Gosling has forged his career to be a versatile star playing roles across genres. Of course, in his decade-long career, the Canadian star has often stumbled into superhero or supervillain roles, but shockingly, the actor refused one iconic DC role that would ensure his prominence even in the superhero genre.

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Ryan Gosling in a still from The Gray Man
Ryan Gosling in a still from The Gray Man

Gosling has several titles to his credit as an action star including Drive and Blade Runner 2049. However, the actor has yet to make his grand entrance into the superhero genre despite being offered a few roles from both the leading superhero brands— Marvel and DC Studios.

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Ryan Gosling Refused to Play The Iconic DC Villain

Ryan Gosling as Ken in a still from Barbie
Ryan Gosling as Ken in a still from Barbie

Heath Ledger’s portrayal of Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight has redefined the character making it an icon in the DC Universe. Following the masterful performance of the actor and his tragic death after the movie, Oscar-winner Jared Leto took over the role with a huge salary to appear in the 2016 movie Suicide Squad.

Leto’s performance did not have enough charisma to impress the critics as he was bashed for the role in the movie but certainly, the movie went overboard with the box office collection of $750 million worldwide. However, many fans may not know the fact that Leto was not the first choice for the role. 

The Nice Guys and Barbie actor Ryan Gosling has reportedly refused the role when he was approached by the studio. For Gosling. He was not up for multi movie contract and he had to decline the offer. Regardless, for many fans, it is fun to imagine Gosling as the DC’s iconic villain.

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Ryan Gosling— New Superhero Rumor

Ryan Gosling in a still from Blade Runner 2049
Ryan Gosling in a still from Blade Runner 2049

Gosling was in consideration for DC’s Ryan Reynolds-starrer Green Lantern and MCU’s Doctor Strange before Benedict Cumberbatch secured the role. However, the actor was far from being excited to play any of these roles as he candidly revealed that superhero movies are not for him. Still, fans find it hard to accept him out of the picture, especially from a remarkable MCU role.

Fans often associate Gosling with the MCU character Richard Rider a.k.a. Nova. Also, in a recent fan-made photo Gosling appeared as Ghost Rider. While MCU intends to bring Nova into the cinematic franchise, there are no reports of casting for the project as of yet. However, as per a recent report, insider, Daniel Ritchman claimed that Gosling recently met with Marvel boss Kevin Feige indicating the actor’s MCU debut. Still, there is no official confirmation of the claim but it would certainly be interesting to see him exploring the superhero genre. 

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Gosling will appear in the title role in David Leitch’s The Fall Guy, scheduled to hit the theaters on 3 May 2024.

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