Tom Hanks can do just about anything in our books: he can fend off a smattering of Somali pirates, he can play Walt Disney to perfection, he can run across America and munch on chocolates and he's a dabhand at the enormous floor keyboard. He also knows the true value of friendship, found even in inaminate objects. Wilson, anyone?

Something we've yet to see Mr Hanks take on, though, is a superhero or a villain. Surprising, we guess, considering how many blockbusters saturate our cinemas every summer without fail. Turns out, Hanks is now ready to turn his hand to this type of role, as he seeks to strike another wish of his bucket list, preferably as The Flash or as a villain against Batman.

In an interview with Showbiz 411, when asked about such a role, Tom said: "They don't ask me, man. I keep trying. Come on, I can do it... I can do it. Even let me play a bad guy, let me play the bad guy against Batman. I'll do anything, call me. They've never asked... What do I gotta do? God, I want to throw a shield at somebody. I want that. And I don't want to play the guy in the suit who tells the superheroes what's going on. I don't want to be that guy. 'Well, you know Batman, Captain America, Iron Man, here's what we've discovered' - I don't want to be that guy. I want to get in there, I want to play The Flash or something like that. They'll never give me a chance."

Unfortunately for Tom we reckon he's far too affable to ever pull off a complete arsehole on screen, but we would like to see him with a weightier role than the know-it-all science guy who informs all of the younger, more buff superheroes of what's in store.