According to an interview with Variety, actor Matthew McConaughey has been considering appearing in one of the ever-multiplying superhero movies. After being asked, “Would you ever consider being in a superhero movie?” McConaughey replied, “I’ve read some Marvel and DC scripts and I’ve talked about working with them on some scripts, none of which I’ll share with you what they are—or were. Yeah, I’ve circled some of those. Nothing has been right for me yet. But I’m sure open to it.”
McConaughey is a much-lauded actor, having won a multitude of awards including an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, and nominated for an Emmy for his role in True Detective. Were he to sign on for a superhero movie, he would be joining the ranks of notable award-winning actors like James Spader, Ben Affleck, Jeff Bridges, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
The long-term commitments associated with superhero roles are definitely a factor in McConaughey’s decision. When asked what would convince him to take a role, he had much to say:
It’s very simple for me. I look at the script. Is the opportunity exciting? Is the money that comes with it exciting? Sure. Is it the possibility of going, “Hey you can get on a train and it can be a franchise and you could do three, four, five, and have a great time as some kind of superhero or anti-hero.” But I would also look at something like that and say, “Hey, in success that means you are on the train for a while.” Contractually, you’re going to return to the character over and over. It’s something I asked myself is it something I’d want to return to. Would I be excited to go back and put the shoes on the character again? Going and doing the press tour with that group of people again? I always ask myself those questions again. It starts with the story and character.