Before Tom Holland was announced as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man for Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, fellow Brit Asa Butterfield was frequently mentioned as one of the front-runners for the role, with certain rumour sites even going as far as to claim on several occasions that he’d been cast [see here and here].
Flickering Myth’s Scott Davis caught up with Asa this week to discuss his new film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, during which he shared his thoughts on portraying a superhero, and revealed that he’s more of a DC fan, and would love to appear in the DC Extended Universe. Here’s an excerpt from the interview. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the full thing.
Your name was mentioned many times online as the potential new webslinger. Are comic book films something that still interests you as an actor?
I always try to keep my options open – I think playing an iconic role like Peter Parker or any of the others, it’s always going to be difficult because you have a lot to live up to and to really own these characters who many people love and adore. To be given an opportunity to give your take on a character like that and something that you love is great. On the other side of the coin coming up with something totally original is just as fun because you get to start from scratch and create a new character which may well become iconic itself, you never know. I think Tom Holland did an incredible job, I think he nailed it.
Are you more a DC or Marvel fan?
DC honestly – just from the comics and the cartoon series. I like the grittiness of DC.
Would a role in the DC Extended Universe be something that may peak your interest? Looking at you, maybe playing Robin or Nightwing would fit?
Don’t jinx it! I’m maybe a bit too tall for Robin and about the same height as Ben Affleck but maybe someone who’s taller and sleek and a little sneaky!
They went younger with Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. Maybe you could be the new Riddler, he’s tall and sleek!
Stop, you’re getting me excited!
Are you a fan of the new DC films, Batman v Superman, etc.?
I’m a big fan and I’m really excited to see Justice League!
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is set for release on September 30th, with a cast that includes Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Kim Dickens, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson.