While many know Daniel Radcliffe as the young wizard in the Harry Potter films, it seems a superhero aspiration has lingered in his heart for quite some time.
Regardless of their successes, many Hollywood actors still have roles they deeply desire to play. These dream roles can range from fantasy characters to real-world personas. In Radcliffe’s case, it has always been the web-slinging superhero from New York City. But why Spider-Man?
In past interviews, Radcliffe spoke about his affinity for the hero. In 2016, he shared that he has always wanted to play the role of Spider-Man but felt the opportunity might have eluded him due to the character being reprised multiple times in his lifetime. In his words, the boat has perhaps ‘sailed on that.’
While Radcliffe might feel the Spider-Man role is beyond his grasp, he was not shy about expressing his appreciation for those who have donned the Spidey suit:
“The one I would be a natural fit for has now been done by three very good actors. Tom Holland is incredible, and no one could ever replace him, so I’ll let that one go.”
In 2014, the actor even attended Comic-Con wearing a full Spider-Man suit, cleverly using the disguise to mingle with fans without being recognized. Not only did he capture moments with attendees, but he also inserted his Spider-Man-masked face into a poster.
While at Comic-Con, Radcliffe spoke of his long-held desire to attend the pop-culture convention, given his personal interests:
“I always loved that character. I love the comics, actually, as well.”
Beyond Spider-Man, Radcliffe also said he was open to exploring roles in other franchises, albeit with a preference for shorter ones.
From a young wizard, the actor ventured into diverse roles throughout his career, such as a farting corpse in ‘Swiss Army Man‘ or a character with invisible horns in ‘Horns.‘ As for the future, who knows what other roles Radcliffe may surprise fans with? Only time will tell.