Benedict Cumberbatch rumoured for Martian Manhunter role in ‘The Justice League’

'Sherlock' star plays down chance of an "evil" appearance in 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice'

Benedict Cumberbatch is rumoured to be in the frame to play the Martian Manhunter in forthcoming DC Comics adaptation The Justice League.

However, the Sherlock star has played down his chances of making an “evil” appearance in another DC Comics adventure, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Speaking to the BBC at the GQ Men of the Year awards Cumberbatch said of the rumour of his potential appearance in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice: “That’s a fun one, I’ve not heard that one until tonight.”

When asked if he would play the role of Martian Manunter the former Star Trek villain (pictured) replied: “I’m going to let that rumour run.”

Studio Warner Bros is rumoured be releasing The Justice League in 2017. The DC Comics character the Martian Manhunter (also known as J’onn J’onzz) first appeared in 1955. The superhero originates from Mars and his supernatural abilities include telepathy, shape-shifting and super speed.

As reported, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently filming in Detroit with Ben Affleck taking over from Christian Bale to play an older Batman and Henry Cavill returning to the role of Superman. The film is scheduled for release in spring 2016.

Cumberbatch was presented with the best actor award at the GQ event by fellow actor Dan Stevens.

The actor was also honoured at last week’s Emmy awards in Los Angeles where he won best lead actor in a mini-series for Sherlock.

Cumberbatch is next due to appear in a theatre production of Hamlet which sold out faster than Beyonce and Jay Z’s On The Run tour.