There were many Tom Hardy and comic book fans who found themselves upset earlier this year when it was revealed that the British actor had to leave the cast of David Ayer's Suicide Squad due to scheduling conflicts. The good news we now have for you, however, is that Hardy's time with DC Comics actually isn't over just yet, as he has been teasing an in-development project that could ultimately play out both on the big and the small screen.
Currently promoting his new film Mad Max: Fury Road, Tom Hardy recently sat down with Collider, and it was during their chat that the actor revealed that he has some kind of secret production developing with Warner Bros. and DC Comics. While he didn't outright say what it is that he is working on, he did provide a series of somewhat archaic clues. Said the actor,
I actually got something cooking with Warner Bros. which is also a comic book, it’s a DC thing which is kind of… It’s really good actually, it contains elements of all kinds of stuff. From Ocean’s Eleven, to Batman, you can get all the wrappers out and it would be a big, really cool, Technicolor, Pulp Fiction… It’s a psychological fuckfest, it’s absolutely awesome.
After noting that the story is a bit more grounded than the cult hit series Transmetropolitan, and adding a comparison between the material and Michael Mann's Heat, the Dark Knight Rises star also discussed the medium for this kind of story to be told, and he explained that the idea isn't just to do a film. Instead, Hardy says that the studio is looking at multiple platforms from the project, with a possible progression already somewhat in place. He said,
It’s not even a movie. It’s already… It’s real estate, it’s PRIME real estate which is sitting there right under everybody’s nose that no one’s really thought about yet. And it goes TV and movie, it’s awesome. I can’t believe that nobody has even –I know they thought of it, but no one has actually blown life into it yet.
So what could this project possibly be? Given the all-over-the-place description the fact that there are so many DC titles that have been created, it's a bit difficult to narrow it down, but there are some titles that fit better than others. One possibility could be Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso's 100 Bullets, which ran between 1999 and 2009. In the story, a character named Agent Graves approaches individuals seeking violent revenge, and offers them a gun, information about the potential target, and 100 untraceable bullets. This may seem rather simple, but Graves is actually part of a select group within a larger secret organization that has been changing the world for centuries. This is just a guess on my part, but it's probably not outside the realm of possibility.
What do you think it could be? Hit the comments with your thoughts!