It’s been more than five years since news first broke that Glenn Powell was writing a “Captain Planet” movie for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way production. Powell, who was coming off the success of his Netflix rom-com “Set It Up” at the time, described his take on the environmentalist superhero as “subversive and fun and dark and irreverent.” Half a decade later, Powell is a bigger star and still wants to play Captain Planet for “Top Gun: Maverick.”
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Powell said that his “Captain Planet” movie with DiCaprio’s production company is still alive and just waiting for Warner Bros. and “where all the superhero stuff kind of lands.”
“I think those conversations will happen soon,” Powell noted. “I know DiCaprio is very passionate about it. I’m super passionate about it. I think it could be great…I just want it to work. I want to play that superhero.”
The “Captain Planet” movie will give Powell a big superhero tentpole to lead off the ground. Rumors persisted for months that Powell was being courted by Marvel (perhaps to play Cyclops in the rebooted “X-Men”), but he insisted to ET that he “hasn’t had a conversation with Marvel.”
“It takes a lot of time to navigate this city, so for someone to be like, ‘Oh, she’d be great in this role,’ it’s humbling, it’s great,” Powell added.
Powell previously addressed the Marvel rumors in an interview diversity, saying, “Before Comic-Con, everyone was like, ‘Dude, are you Cyclops?’ No I’m not. Nobody called me. I don’t even have a contact information for Marvel, so I don’t know what people are talking about.”
The actor has been a fixture of this year’s awards season for “Top Gun: Maverick,” now streaming on Paramount+. The action drama is expected to receive several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.