Noah Hawley is still in the process of developing his Doctor Doom film, and in a recent interview, he shed some additional light on what he is going for. If this movie actually ends up getting made, it sounds like it's going to end up being a political thriller and the filmmaker uses Captain America: The Winter Soldier as an example.
While talking to The Observer, Hawley, who is also the creator of the X-Men series Legion, explained:
"What’s interesting to me about Doom’s character is he’s the King of an Eastern European country and is there a version of this that is more of a political thriller that mixes genre?…It’s something that Captain America: The Winter Soldier did really well, which was kind of make a Cold War thriller movie out of a superhero movie. This is different than that, but it does have this idea of, and I don’t want to say too much about it, but it is a mixture of genres… the mandate is not to re-launch the Fantastic Four franchise as much as it is to take this fascinating and under-served character and really build a movie about him where we ask the question: Is he a hero? Is he a villain? What does he really want?”
I like what I'm hearing about his approach to the character and story. The fact that he's looking to make Doctor Doom and anti-hero in the film is certainly an interesting one. Doom is mostly known as a villain, but he has had his moments of being good. Last year Stan Lee talked about Doom and amusingly explained how he's not really a villain, saying:
"Everybody has Doctor Doom misunderstood. Everybody thinks he’s a criminal, but all he wants is to rule the world. Now, if you really think about it objectively, you could walk up to a policeman, and you could say, ‘Excuse me, officer, I want to tell you something: I want to rule the world.’ He can’t arrest you; it’s not a crime to want to rule the world. So […] it’s unfair that he’s considered a villain, because he just wants to rule the world. Then maybe he could do a better job of it. So I’m very interested in Doctor Doom, and I’d like to clear his name."
All kidding aside, what do you think about what Noah Hawley is looking to do with Doctor Doom in his film project?