Robert Downey Jr. made heads turn when he appeared on the red carpet with a striking new look.
The bald appearance of the Iron Man actor at the Academy Governors Awards surprised everyone present.
Meanwhile, the internet was quick to react, with fans calling for Robert Downey Jr. to be given a new role in a major franchise.
A bold new look
Robert Downey Jr. lived and breathed as Iron Man/Tony Stark for over a decade.
However, his shiny scalp at the event instantly erased any memory of his iconic Marvel performances.
Despite the change in appearance, fans believed Downey Jr. still had what it took to return to the superhero genre.
However, many said he could play a significant role for Marvel’s rival studio.
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Another super genius
Shortly after Robert Downey Jr. revealed his new look, fans took to social media to share their thoughts.
When it comes to comics, it’s hard to think of many bald characters.
While there’s the option of playing Charles Xavier from the X-Men, Downey Jr. has already contributed a lot to the MCU as another major character.
Instead, many have suggested a new start by moving into the DC Extended Universe as the villain Lex Luthor.
Robert Downey Jr.’s bald new look has led fans to cast him as Lex Luthor.
Luthor could easily pass as a kind of evil version of Tony Stark.
When the suggestions came in, people had divided opinions.
One Twitter user wrote:
“[Seeing him play Luthor] would be interesting. I’d love to see him do it.”
“Those scenes with [Captain America when he said] ‘everything special about you came out of a bottle’ shows he can do it.”
Another user was critical of the past Lex Luthor castings by DC, saying:
“I’d rather see that than whatever Lex Luthor live action we got last time. Good God.”
“He’s a good actor people be thinking [sic] Tony Stark but he does something totally different and surprises the **** out of you. Because that’s what actors like him can do.”
Other fans criticized people who would cast nearly every bald actor for Lex Luthor.
“Literally nobody is less creative than DC fans casting Lex Luthor,” a user said.
Meanwhile, one fan was content with the current DCEU choice, writing: “We’re pretty happy with Jesse Eisenberg, thank you.”
“Not a bad call,” someone else wrote. “I still believe Marc Strong is the one and only to play the role.”
News outlet ScreenRant reported that Robert Downey Jr. initially landed the Lex Luthor role.
However, during the development of the Superman movie, directors went through a revolving door.
A management change at DC ultimately cast Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor in Superman Returns.
It remains to be seen if Robert Downey Jr. will return to the world of superheroes, much less the DC Extended Universe.