The talk of a Namor film has been going on for ages; way before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was even a thing. The Namor: The Sub-Mariner film has had elite director’s such as Chris Columbus (Harry Potter, Home Alone) and Philip Kaufman (Quills, Henry & June) dating all the way back to 1997. The 90’s?! The main barrier holding the film back this whole time is that Universal, not Marvel Studios, held the rights to the character. But on a recent Kevin Smith Podcast, Fatman On Batman, Marvel Editor in Chief Joe Quesada made a mention that the rights had finally reverted back to Marvel. While there has been no confirmation from Marvel regarding Quesada’s news bomb it has not stopped the internet from wanting a Namor, but who could play him?
That desire to see the arrogant Sea King come to the big screen has also been felt by the Hollywood elite as well. Actor Brian Tee, most recently seen in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows playing the nefarious villain Shredder, is just one of those. Back in June, mere hours after Quesada’s comments, ComicBook.com was able to ask Tee what his dream role would be, and the actor chose Namor. “I grew up as a comic geek and the Sub-Mariner is one of my childhood’s fondest superheroes,” said Tee. “I feel like I can play him! If there is one role, right now, that I would love to play, it would be Namor.”
More recently, ComicBook.com caught up with Tee again and asked him to elaborate on what he’d want to do with the Namor role. Here is Tee’s response:
You know what’s funny is my career I’ve kind of played villains, guys with attitude, guys with chips on their shoulders, um, in reading the comics books and being a fan of Namor, that’s kind of this guy’s persona. Even though he’s a hero or a quote unquote good guy. He’s kind of a bit of an anti-hero with a bit of an edge, and I feel like I kind of fall in that line, especially with other things that I’ve done. So that’s the kind of aspect that I would love to bring into Namor.
He’s not just like a good guy, you know, he’s definitely got some faults of his own, but I think when it really boils down to doing the right thing he will, and you know it’s Namor, it’s Marvel, it’s the first Mutant, it’s everything you can kind of dreamed of as a kid and wanted to portray, and so I would absolutely love and be honored to play him if the time does come around, and I thank you guys for the movement!
Does this mean anything for fans who have been clamoring to see the rarely clothed Prince Namor finally swim across our screens? Who knows? But, as we’ve seen before, where there’s public interest there’s money to be made. Let’s hope Brian Tee’s comments get to the right Marvel Exec and we can finally here Namor scream his not so well known catch phrase, “IMPERIUS REX!” as he Deep Six’s some baddies.
It’s also important to note that Tee was born in Okinawa to a Japanese-American father and Korean mother. The diversity in the MCU has been one of its focal in its casting and this would only help.
Brian Tee can currently be seen as Dr. Ethan Choi in the NBC medical drama Chicago Med