With the launch of Ant-Man and the Wasp over the weekend, Laurence Fishburne has joined the small group of actors who've appeared in both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe. While his time in one world is just beginning, though, he's not sure if he'll be sticking around in the other.
After voicing the Silver Surfer in Fox's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer more than a decade ago, Fishburne — a comics fan since childhood — can now claim roles in two different ongoing superhero universes. He made his debut as Daily Planet editor Perry White in Man of Steel back in 2012 and reprised the role for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2015, and now he's Bill Foster (aka Goliath in the comics) in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Both are vital but supporting roles, and Perry White in particular is the kind of part that could see Fishburne popping up for a scene or two in Superman movies for years to come. Sadly, that might not happen.
Fishburne revealed last year that he'd been asked to return as Perry White for at least a little bit of work on Justice League, but that he was unable to contribute to that film due to a scheduling conflict. There's certainly enough going on in that film that you don't really notice his absence, but what about future sequels, including the long-rumored Man of Steel 2? Speaking to Den of Geek about his future in the DCEU, Fishburne didn't sound too optimistic. Here's the full exchange:
Are you still on call with DC to come back as Perry White?
Fishburne: I don't think I'm still on call. I was unfortunately unable to go do some work on what turned out to be the Justice League movie. I don't know that I need to go back or if they'll have me back or not, but I was grateful to have been a part of it. I loved working with Zack (Snyder), I think he makes an incredible superhero movie. I'm just excited to be a part of this (the MCU) now.
So you don't know if there's a Man of Steel 2 in the works or anything like that?
I don't. I don't. I haven't heard anything about it. They just fell behind the eight-ball. I really wish they had started 20 years ago. But that's all right, they're where they are.
Now, this certainly doesn't mean Fishburne will never show up in a DC film again, particularly in the current climate when we don't really know much about future releases that aren't named Aquaman, Shazam!, or Wonder Woman '84. We have no idea right now when Superman will pop up on the big screen again, or exactly how much his life as Clark Kent will factor into that. Still, Fishburne got to play parts in both universes if only for a while, and he's happy about that.
"Yes, I am one of the people, I'm in that small club of people who have been both in the DC Universe and Marvel Universe, and I'm so grateful," he said. "I'm excited by it, because here's the thing, I bought both. I have a collection of both comics. I wasn't just a Marvel guy or just a DC guy, I loved them both."
Ant-Man and the Wasp is in theaters now.