In some interesting news, it appears that a Doctor Doom movie is in development.
This news comes from San Diego Comic-Con, with Legion showrunner Noah Hawley letting the cat out of the bag. As the Legion panel came to a close, Hawley teased, “Because I’m at Comic-Con, I wanted to let you know about a movie I’m developing for Fox. The first word is Doctor. And the second is Doom.”
And that was that. Nothing more, nothing less.
In a follow-up to that, The Hollywood Reporter claims that Hawley is developing the picture with a view to himself directing it. If true, that would mark his feature film directing debut, although he has previously directed episodes of Fargo and Legion.
Given that 20th Century Fox recently booked in release dates for six unconfirmed movies, it could well be that this Doom flick ends up nabbing one of those dates. As mentioned, nothing more is known on all of this right now, and it remains to be seen if and how such a film would fit in with Fox’s existing Marvel properties – as in the X-Men franchise and its spinoffs, and, of course, The Fantastic Four.
Interestingly, an early report from Bleeding Cool claims that Legion star Dan Stevens is in the frame for a role in the Doom film, potentially even as the titular rogue. Noah Hawley developing? Dan Stevens starring? That would certainly be fine with us!
As a character, Doctor Victor Von Doom was created by the prolific pairing of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby back in 1962. Primarily a Fantastic Four villain, the power-mad dictator of Latveria is one of the most intelligent, intense tacticians in the comic book world. In addition to his genius, he also has a penchant for magic and has his trusty Doombots at his disposal.
On the big screen, Julian McMahon played Doom in Tim Story’s Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and more recently Toby Kebbell played the character in Josh Trank’s turd-tastic Fantastic Four.
As ever, expect more on this as we get it.
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