Supernatural star Jensen Ackles has hinted he has an upcoming project for DC in store for us. Known for the aforementioned Supernatural and a one-season stint as Jason Teague on Smallville (which he ironically left to star in the former show which ran for 15 seasons), we’ll next see him on Amazon’s hugely popular superhero satire The Boys once its 3rd seasons hits.
Jensen Ackles On New DC Project
Speaking with his Smallville co-star Michael Rosenbaum (who played Lex Luthor throughout the show’s run) on Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum, Jensen Ackles offered the following:
“Well, there’s a DC property that I’m currently developing with Warner Bros. and some other good partners that I’ve got my fingers crossed for, but again I am not going to talk about it. You don’t want to jinx it.”
What could he be referring to? DC has several film and television projects for their various universes in the works right now. The most recent being the HBO Max series Peacemaker, which debuted earlier this month, and the next being Matt Reeves’ The Batman in March.
Jensen Ackles has long campaigned for the role of Red Hood, a fallen past sidekick of Batman’s whose morality differs greatly from the Dark Knight’s. The actor has shown the ability to play characters’ dark sides on multiple occasions, and given that The Flash is heavily rumored to provide a major shakeup to the DCEU status quo, it is entirely possible Ackles could have his dream realized in the near future. The film is already slated to have appearances by The Flash/Barry Allen, Ben Affleck’s Batman, Michael Keaton’s Batman, and the introductions of both Leslie Grace’s Batgirl and Sasha Calle’s Supergirl, so why not throw in a cameo for Red Hood?
But just who is the Red Hood character? The identity of the character has been given to many over the course of the comics’ history, first serving as a backstory for The Joker in the 1951 storyline, “The Man Behind the Red Hood”. Another popular appearance of the character is in the 2004-2006 storyline “Batman: Under The Red Hood”, in which Batman’s slain partner Jason Todd comes back from the dead as a violent vigilante after being brutally murdered by The Joker. This was adapted in the Batman: Under the Red Hood DC Animated film in 2010.
Introducing Red Hood into the continuity of the DCEU could work. If we treat the rumor that Michael Keaton’s Batman is to become the main Dark Knight of the DCEU following The Flash as truth, a film retconning it so that Keaton’s Batman had the sidekick Jason Todd for years sometime between the events of Batman Returns and The Flash, could be feasible.
Jack Nicholson’s Joker died at the end of Batman (1989), so the origin for Keaton’s Batman losing his Todd would have to be altered. In the other corner, you’ve got Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Zack Snyder’s Justice League heavily implying that Ben Affleck’s Batman had lost his own Jason Todd to Jared Leto’s Joker in the past. With The Flash rumored to be Ben Affleck’s final turn in the cowl, I doubt they’d set him up for any other follow-ups.
Jensen Ackles could be a potentially great Red Hood if all the bat-ducks line up, but it would have to be properly set up and executed first. Here’s hoping Jensen Ackles accomplishes his dream in the DCEU one day. We at The Illuminerdi will keep you updated with any more news regarding Jensen Ackles’ secret DC project as it develops.
What do you make of Jensen Ackles’ quote? Would you like to see him play Red Hood someday? Did you watch Supernatural and/or Smallville all the way to the end? Who would you cast as Red Hood? Let us know in the comments below and on our Twitter.