Yes, Bryan Cranston Still Wants to Play Mr. Sinister

Although we still believe that William Fitchner was the PERFECT choice to play X-Men baddie Mr. Sinister in a live-action film, we will admit that it would be pretty fascinating to see what Bryan Cranston would do with the character of Nathaniel Essex.


This apparently is still on the multi-Emmy winner's mind too, as he spoke about his continual desire to play the part, most recently to ScreenGeek while at New York ComicCon (NYCC).

"I want to  play an antagonist a fraction smarter than the protagonist, never dumbed down to give the hero an easy win. That's frustrating and boring to watch."

The outlet explains that Cranston's Breaking Bad character Walter White was brought up as an example of Nathan Essex (Mister Sinister), to which Cranston replied to ScreenGeek:

"Okay don't talk about my personal life. [laughs] Actually, that was the character, I'll admit. Mister Sinister was the character I was thinking about.

I guess it's a selfish standpoint. I don't want to do a character that has been done several times before. I don't want to be compared like 'well, his Commissioner Gordon was yada yada yada'. I don't want to do that. I want to take something that hasn't been done."

Oddly enough, we *WERE* going to be getting a live-action Mr. Sinister appearance in the upcoming New Mutants film portrayed by Mad Men star John Hamm, but reports indicate pretty much all of his scenes were cut in the rework of the flick.

We're still somewhat surprised the character hasn't made his way to the main FOX X-Men films (aside from a post-credits addition in X-Men: Apocalypse, kinda), especially with the possibilities of his post-Dark Phoenix comics involvement.

Cranston's Supermansion third season is currently available for free via Sony Crackle's streaming service.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

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