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If you've got your ear to the ground in the world of Hollywood, you'll see that superhero franchises are everywhere. Between the MCU, DCEU, and X-Men franchise, it seems like just about everyone is getting into bed with a comic book property. After all, there is a ton of money to be made and fame to accrue by appearing in such high profile blockbusters. But with the constant threat of superhero fatigue, it's interesting to see how various actors feel about the genre, especially if they've already dabbled in superheroics. This includes The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actor Dane DeHaan.
I recently had the privilege to speaking with Dane DeHaan about his work in Gore Verbinski's new thriller A Cure for Wellness. But it seems all subject lead to comic book movies, so I asked DeHaan if he had any interest in returning to the genre, following his appearance as Harry Osborn/ The Green Goblin in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He said the following,
Valerian doesn't have superpowers, but he's pretty much a superhero. So that's filling that for me right now for sure.
It looks like Dane DeHaan doesn't need to step into anybody's tights at this point in his career. He's starring in his own highly anticipated sci-fi blockbuster, and that's enough for him.
Dane DeHaan is, of course, referencing his leading role in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The upcoming blockbuster has a ton of buzz surrounding it, and has the potential to bump DeHaan and costar Cara Delevingne up a few rungs in the Hollywood ladder. Additionally, Valerian is technically a comic book adaptation in its own right. It's actually based off of the French comic Valérian and Laureline, which was first published back in 1967. So while DeHaan isn't exactly playing the likes of Batman or Mr. Fantastic, he is starring in a comic book movie nonetheless.
Dane DeHaan actually has quite a bit of experience playing superpowered characters. Many audiences first came to know the actor through his role as an angsty telekinetic teenager in 2012's Chronicle. The found footage sci-fi superhero film saw DeHaan kicking some major ass and taking names, as well as doing cool stuff like flying and throwing around trucks with his mind.
From there, Dane DeHaan starred in 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as Peter's best friend and eventual nemesis Harry Osborn. While the franchise was cancelled after this entry, DeHaan did get to play one of the most iconic Marvel villains of all time. But though many would be happy to see him return in the DCEU or MCU, it looks like there aren't any plans set for a future comic book movie.
You can catch Dane DeHaan in A Cure for Wellness starting today, and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will debut in theaters July 21st, 2017.