James McAvoy as The Crow?

The star of Wanted and X-Men: First Class looks ready to star in another comic book franchise.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

The boyishly good-looking James McAvoy has become an unlikely action star thanks to starring roles in Wanted and X-Men: First Class, films he juggles alongside Oscar contenders like The Last King of Scotland, Atonement and The Last Station. Two franchises could be a coincidence. Now that McAvoy is in talks to star in the upcoming reboot of The Crow, we're starting to think it's all part of an ongoing plot to dominate the world of comic book movies.

Bloody-Disgusting now claims that McAvoy is the frontrunner for the title role in The Crow, the latest adaptation of James O'Barr's supernatural revenge saga. Although the most popular cinematic version of The Crow, a name taken by those who come back from the dead to exact revenge on their killers, was played by the late Brandon Lee in 1994, later film and television versions have starred Vincent Perez, Marc Dacascos, Eric Mabius and Terminator 2's Eddie Furlong as the undead hero. Relativity Media has been trying to get a franchise reboot off the ground for years. McAvoy is only the latest name attached to the project after Mark Wahlberg and Bradley Cooper reportedly flew the coop.

The current director attached to Relativity's The Crow is F. Javier Gutierrez, filling the vacancy left by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) over a year a go. Gutierrez's only feature film to date is Before the Fall, about the 72-hour period before an apocalyptic meteor strike. Although the hero of the franchise has traditionally shifted from film to film, each with a different tale of vengeance all their own, the reboot reportedly plans to return to the original comic book storyline, and would feature McAvoy as indie rocker Eric Draven, who returns from the grave to avenge the death of his fiance at the hands of underworld scum.

William Bibbiani is the editor of CraveOnline's Film Channel, the co-host of The B-Movies Podcast and the co-star of The Trailer Hitch. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.