After replacing Michael C. Hall in the upcoming Pete’s Dragon reboot, also starring Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard, and after witnessing much attention from Warner Bros and DC comics, I feel it is the opportune and most apparent time to talk about Karl Urban.
On the fringes for a very long time, Urban has played second fiddle to leading actors in fantastic franchises and features like Lord of the Rings, The Bourne Supremacy, Star Trek and Riddick. He even had a nice little show called Almost Human for a little while but the show was cancelled before it was allowed to explore the big series spanning narrative arcs.
Even then Urban is held in high acclaim amongst the casting directors in Hollywood, especially those at Warner Bros and DC. First he was rumoured to be one of the actors in the running for Bruce Wayne aka Batman in the current shared universe. He would have been fantastic too – just have a look at Dredd – alas that role went to Ben Affleck; another worthy recipient. Now, not only is he being looked at as the villain for a solo Aquaman movie, presumably Ocean Master, but supposedly he may leave that role and move into the recently vacated role of Rick Flagg in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad (Tom Hardy was initially cast but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts whilst Jake Gyllenhaal passed on the role).
Personally, I would want to see Urban in a bigger role than the latter two mentioned above but if pushed to make a decision on Rick Flagg or Ocean Master I would detail Ocean Master.
Urban may not be the greatest actor in the world but he is a demanding, recognisable and damn good one. He made the character of Bones his own in Star Trek, he erased our minds of Sly Stallone’s horrible Judge Dredd and he has always been in contention for something big.
I sincerely hope someone gives Urban the shot he deserves. Too long we have seen actors with great potential be dejected to supporting characters in big franchise starting features – I hope Karl Urban is not one of them.