Rachel McAdams Interested in a DC Comics ‘Black Orchid’ Adaptation

By July 29, 2015

Rachel McAdams is in the middle of some kind of career resurgence. After breaking onto the main scene in 2004 with both Mean Girls and The Notebook, she didn’t take or sign on for as many big or noticeable projects in the following years. In fact, aside from her roles in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes films, she’s been all but separate from the big blockbusters and comic book films that are dominating the market these days.

However, after already appearing in Cameron Crowe’s Aloha, the recent boxing-drama Southpaw, and her current role as one of the four leads in the new season of HBO’s “True Detective” — McAdams has found her way back onto the main scene, and it looks like this time, she’s here to stay. If the recent rumors regarding her being the studio favorite for the female lead in next year’s Marvel film, Doctor Strange, turn out to be accurate too – then McAdams may be about to hit the prime of her career.

While speaking with the LA Times about the Doctor Strange rumors recently though, McAdams expressed her interest in working on a different, and much more obscure comic book adaptation… for DC and Vertigo comics. Check out her full quote below:

That’s sort of super early days and I don’t know where that’s gonna go, if it’s gonna go anywhere at all. I’m certainly not a comic book snob. I really enjoy them and reading them, I think the Doctor Strange franchise is really interesting and Benedict is amazing. And I love graphic novels. I love that they are coming to light.

I always wanted to make “Black Orchid.” It’s a tough one. But the fact that Doctor Strange is happening makes me think there’s hope for more Neil Gaiman out there.

For those of you who don’t know – Black Orchid is another Vertigo comics property from Sandman creator Neil Gaiman, and keeps with the kind of dream-like supernatural tones that fans have come to associate closely with Gaiman’s work. The story follows a character named Susan, who after being brutally murdered, is reborn as a hybrid of both plant and human. She sets out to avenge her own death, as she attempts to put back together her old memories with her “botanical origins”, while trying to sort through all the secrets and lies involved in her murder.

So definitely not the most common of comic book adaptations, and also not a kind of property audiences might associate with an actress of McAdams’ caliber. However, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David S. Goyer already working on an adaptation of Gaiman’s Sandman, it’s possible that DC could be looking at other Gaiman properties to try and adapt, and if an actress like Rachel McAdams says she wants to make a Black Orchid adaptation – that could make the studio look a little harder at that specific property.

Depending on if her role in Doctor Strange does end up panning out, there could be some serious conflicting contracts and deals between the two studios if McAdams expressed interest in both. For right now though, fans will just have to wait and see how this turns out. Either way, it’s clear Rachel McAdams isn’t planning on picking any cookie-cutter projects in the near future.

Doctor Strange is set to hit theatres on November 4th, 2016, and there is currently no known adaptation of Black Orchid in the works.

Make sure to keep checking back for more Doctor StrangeBlack Orchid updates — right here on GeekNation!

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • David Johnson

    I’d rather see the Black Orchid role. We’ve seen Joss Whedon’s best at Avengers now lets see some intelligent storylines (Gaiman’s)