I think this must be an example of how vulnerable social media is to unsubstantiated claims being made from completely unreliable sources just (it seems) to get a "reaction". Is it just a bid to get attention? Why would anyone even pay this any attention in the first place? What credence does this person have to begin with? Even the people scoffing at it give it some kind of credibility in a weird way.
"You're going into the water... short-arse!" - Sherlock
It's hysterical! Most people seems to believe it's real! (I know it's also kind of creepy because it shows how easy people can be fooled on social media). And even the ones that hate the idea want BC in the Hades role!
I detested this bastardized mutant abomination so much, I wrote a column excoriating it. I consistently forget it exists. Now you give me Cumberbatch as Hades and expect me to forgive everything?
Damn it, Disney.
Surely I watched the cartoon at the time but I don't remember anything about it so I dn't even remember how Hades was presented there!
I just saw a tweet and early today saw another similar by someone claiming BC playing Hades is.... homophobic!!!! LOL I seriously don't remember anything about that movie but I'm guessing some Tumblr kids "fetishized" that character, decided he was gay and now want someone gay to play him or something like that! The funniest part: I checked who played him in the original movie.... JAMES WOODS!!!! LOL!!!
We Got This Covered previously brought you the news that Alexander Skarsgard was in the running to play the demi-god himself. But what would Hercules be without his nemesis, his evil uncle Hades? James Woods memorably brought the flame-haired devil to life in the cartoon, so Disney will have to find a charismatic actor to take over for the live-action version. And they might have found a good fit in the form of Doctor Strange‘s Benedict Cumberbatch.
We’ve been informed by our sources – the same ones who revealed an Aladdin sequel is happening, and that a Ms. Marvel show is in the works, both of which have since been confirmed – that he’s on the studio’s wishlist for the role of the villain. Of course, just because he’s on a wishlist doesn’t mean he’ll end up with the part, and he may not even be aware that he’s being eyed, but our sources are confident that he’s at least one of the actors that Disney is considering.
If the notion of Cumberbatch playing the Lord of the Underworld sounds familiar though, that’s because a rumor was going around last month that claimed the British star was set to portray the villain. The same rumor also pointed to Trevor Donovan competing for the title role. This info turned out to be onto something yesterday, too, when Donovan let slip that he “kinda sorta” is up for the part but that he’s “not supposed to say anything.”
I'm kind of bored of checking his Twitter hashtag and seeing that 99% of the comments are people talking about Hades! It's cool seeing people excited with the "news" but it sounds FAKE!!!! Why no one is questioning it?!
The three other comments I just saw that weren't about this were all negative: one making fun of his face; someone who think that somehow his Cummings performance convinced Johnson (who was also in the film, by the way, and portrayed as a clown! But who need to watch the movie to give an opinion?) of hiring the real guy; and an idiot that think he is a bad person because he plays a lot of bad guys (so Cummings wasn't the hero the other guy though he was?....mmmm)
I saw a good number of tweets by people happily saying BC would do a great Hermes like the the Greek god Hermes! I couldn't understood the reference until know. Apparently he was suggested by the author of Percy Jackson series, kids/young adult books, for a hypothetical adaptation in a playful entry on his blog:
In Humphrey Bogart role, I guess! He would be great in a very anti-hero role like that. I always loved how a classic Hollywood star could play such a despicable main character and then just be almost casually killed in such a pathetic and extremely cruel way by some randoms! He is the star and he has that horrible but TBH deserved ending! That's why Bogart was so great! He was a Hollywood star during the Hays Code days but with a very morally ambiguous screen persona and he was so edgy that never fear to lost the audience sympathy playing someone horrible that dies in such an unheroically way! (
There are some elements of this in Phil Burbank so I can't wait for The Power of the Dog!
But I think a The Treasure of the Sierra Madre would be much more sacrilegious than redoing Kind Hearts and Coronets! Imagine the scandal! In part because it's a John Huston film, of course! Both movie are great but one is considered an auteur film, the other is a woderful dark little British comedy by a famous studio, not by a famous director!