Earlier this week, reports surfaced that director Bryan Singer and producer Simon Kinberg confirmed on the X-Men: Apocalypse commentary track that the villain of the upcoming Wolverine 3 is none other than the comic book character Mister Sinister. An exact quote from the commentary track was not provided, but shortly after that story broke, Wolverine 3 director James Mangold essentially shot down these reports with a few statements on his Twitter page, joking that the name sounds "kinda corny." Here's what he had to say below.
"Uh. Who is Mister Sinister? Sounds kinda corny. Please advise."
It didn't take long for a fan to comment, leading the director to elaborate further. When a fan commented that these were "interesting developments," the director called out news outlets who ran the story based on the commentary track. Here's what he had to say below, in response to a fan.
"Not really. But kinda funny how a hundred media "news" outlets think a DVD commentary is a source for news headlines."
It's worth noting that James Mangold didn't flat-out deny that Mister Sinister was the villain, so it's possible that this is all a ruse. After all, during the post credit scene in X-Men: Apocalypse, we see some mysterious men grab a vial of blood belonging to Wolverine, and placing it in an Essex Corp briefcase, the company that is owned by Nathaniel Essex, a.k.a. Mister Sinister. Still, there is no guarantee that Mister Sinister himself will be featured in the movie, or, if he is featured, who may play him.
Oddly enough, there is one beloved actor who recently revealed that he wants to play this X-Men villain, none other than Bryan Cranston. The actor even mentioned at a film festival appearance for Trumbo last year that he would like to play Mister Sinister, and it seems that he still wants to do so, as he revealed in an appearance on AMC's Geeking Out. Here's what the actor had to say, when asked by host Greg Grunberg about what villain he would most like to play.
"I'm interested in creating a role. I'd love to do something that hasn't been done before. Lex Luthor, there's been a lot of that. I've been asked to take a look at Commissioner Gordon. It's like, I would be one in several and I would kind of like to carve out a new identity. Mister Sinister has always been someone...that would be very cool."
Regardless of Bryan Cranston's desire to play Mister Sinister, it isn't known if there are any plans to bring him to the big screen. Still, artist BossLogic took it upon himself to create a new illustration showing what Bryan Cranston may look like as Mister Sinister. After Wolverine 3 hits theaters, 20th Century Fox is developing The New Mutants while Bryan Singer expressed his interest in reuniting the entire original cast from the first X-Men trilogy. Take a look at James Mangold's Wolverine 3 tweets below, along with the video promo from Geeking Out with Bryan Cranston and BossLogic's Mister Sinister/Bryan Cranston artwork.
Uh. Who is Mister Sinister? Sounds kinda corny. Please advise.— Mangold (@mang0ld) September 15, 2016
@Law_of_4 Not really. But kinda funny how a hundred media "news" outlets think a DVD commentary is a source for news headlines.— Mangold (@mang0ld) September 15, 2016