Dornan knows that because of Fifty Shades, his biggest fans are women and gays; when straight people ask for a photo of him, he still senses their skepticism. “They’re always like,“ Obviously, this is not for me, I’m a heterosexual guy and I have a wife, ”or“ I have a girlfriend and she likes you, so photography is happening, ”he said. “What have I done, three films about the war? You might think it might help me a bit with straight people, but it probably won’t. I think you need to be in this world of comics to really get their attention. “
On this front, Dornan tries and tries (even before The Fall, he auditioned for Superman, a role he played to Henry Cavill). Taking on the role of a superhero will now give him the chance to return to the films of the franchise, not as a rookie desperate to find a foothold, but as an established actor who has proven what he can do. And he knows that narrow path exists because Robert Pattinson managed to walk it, going from Twilight heartthrob to indie movie star on such a grand scale that he returned and used his newfound authority to win the title role in The Batman. “
“I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I feel like he and his people played very cleverly,” Dornan said of Pattinson, who is a friend. “Everything he has done since Twilight has been really smart and beautifully crafted, and these films would not have been funded in his name if he hadn’t starred in these billion dollar films.”
Dornan talks openly about the films he longs for, and he met with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige about putting on a trench coat and tights. “I am more ambitious than ever before,” Dornan said. In part, it becomes a parent. “It’s like having to deliver and deliver, caveman style: I must succeed for these precious little people… In addition, since my father died, he has lit this additional fire in me, this additional fire of desire to succeed. “
This desire is not about winning love that he has never received. “My dad has told me this endless number of times every day in my life, so I’m not looking for it,” Dornan said. “But for some reason, since he left, I have a strange desire to prove something to myself, to prove some impressive continuity.” And now that he’s directed his own father, shouldn’t there be other heroes on the table?