Right now, Splash Page readers have the opportunity to weigh in on who Campbell should play in the fourth “Spider-Man” movie, but the brainstorming doesn’t end there!
Campbell—an absolute superstar in the geek genre thanks to the “Evil Dead” franchise, “Bubba Ho-Tep” and more—would be great in a variety of comic book roles outside of “Spider-Man 4,” don’t you think?
Personally, I think that Campbell works best in a supporting capacity when it comes to established franchises—so given that caveat, here are five supporting comic book roles that I think the actor would knock out of the park.
Sure, the actor would need to dye his hair red, but that’s hardly a difficult fix. Further, Campbell has played the comedic tough-as-nails type before, which strikes me as a perfect way to approach Dugan in the current Marvel movie universe. Not only that, but the idea of Campbell going head-to-head with Jackson or even Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark would be amazing to see in “The Avengers.”
True, the erstwhile Ash Williams doesn’t exactly have a younger physique these days, but that’s nothing a little make-up and a solid costume can’t overcome. Plus, the possibility of Campbell having the chance to play both the superheroic Immortal and Abraham Lincoln in the same movie is way too awesome to ignore.
As Wayne’s face is mostly obscured throughout “Preacher,” Campbell would only have to master the actor’s voice, which I think he could pull off fantastically. Moreover, Wayne’s role in “Preacher” is already larger-than-life and more than a little bit cheesy—as far as I’m concerned, those are qualities that Bruce Campbell handles better than anybody else in the movie business.
Kilowog will presumably rely on heavy make-up and CGI, so the physical body behind the role isn’t nearly as important as finding an actor to embody the bravado and guts of the character. With that in mind, Campbell seems like an obvious pick for this part, if only because watching him and Reynolds trade witty remarks would be absolutely fantastic.
At 51 years old, Campbell is within the right age range for Wildcat. He also matches the character’s gruff and fierce attitude, and that’s not even mentioning their facial similarities. Really, the only major problem would be getting a JSA movie off the ground before Campbell ages too much further.
Your turn, readers! Name some comic book characters that you think Bruce Campbell should play, and make sure to tune in next week for another edition of Secret Identity!