Ryan Gosling has done incredibly well forging a career as an A-list actor without partaking in a big budget summer blockbuster. Looking as good as he does however, he does have some advantages.
Those days may well be numbered however, as the Drive star is believed to be circling, or at least showing interest in, leading a blockbuster franchise of his own – with two superhero properties said to be at the fore.
The Hollywood Reporter believes the 33-year-old actor has met with Marvel Studios regarding the Doctor Strange role it is currently, desperately trying to fill, while Warner Bros is believed to be interesting in him taking part in its planned Suicide Squad movie – based on the DC Comics property.
Suicide Squad was confirmed yesterday as part of an enormous announcement from Warner Bros detailing its superhero movie slate for the next six years.
Doctor Strange meanwhile will arrive in 2016 and was once thought to have Joaquin Phoenix signed on in the lead role – only for talks to collapse and Marvel's search to start again from scratch.
Gosling is also being touted as a potential lead for Summit Entertainment's The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero.
Fatherhood might be a reason for Gosling's chance in attitude. In September he and his partner Eva Mendes celebrated the arrival of their first child, a baby girl. Big franchises mean big money and being able to provide for his daughter could be a big factor in him potentially agreeing to one of the superhero movies.
Suicide Squad will be directed by David Ayer. A recent report suggested that will be led by the trio of Harkness, Vixen and Deadshot.
Doctor Strange is touted for a summer 2016 release. Suicide Squad will be released in 2017.