John Cena has successfully followed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Dave Bautista in making the jump from the squared circle to the silver screen, with increasingly meatier roles in films such as Trainwreck, Daddy’s Home 2 and the upcoming Transformers spin-off Bumblebee. However, while he’s proven himself as an action hero and a surprisingly hilarious comedic actor, he’s not branched out as much into more interesting and unexpected roles — but may be hinting at a big role and a shift to television in the near future as his nearly inscrutable Instagram is hinting something to do with Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and John Higgins’ masterpiece, Watchmen.
John Cena’s Instagram is often a topic of discussion among wrestling fans because unlike most grapplers who share workout selfies and sponsored meal supplement posts, John Cena prefers to share seemingly random images found from the oddest corners of the internet without any explanation or context. In the past two weeks, Cena has posted about Watchmen twice: one of The Comedian’s blood-stained smiley face button and a piece of fan art featuring Doctor Manhattan.
This might not mean anything; one of the roster’s many comic fans may have turned him onto the graphic novel and he’s just got around to it, but Cena’s Instagram often tells a story, if you know where to look. While they might seem random at first, there’s usually some meaning to them that you can figure out, often times they don’t make sense until a couple of weeks later and that may just be the case with Watchmen. We know that Damon Lindelof is working on a HBO adaptation of the comic and Cena may just be in the running for a role.
Given his most recent post, Doctor Manhattan would be the obvious candidate and being the closest thing to a Superman Watchmen has, he’d certainly look the part. However, he could also bring some much needed likeability to Ozymandias to mask the eventual shock twist towards the end of the story. It could also point to a smaller role such as Captain Metropolis, the Golden Age hero who tries to put together a new team of heroes in the seventies only for it to fall apart during their first meeting.
Or, it could be nothing at all. John Cena’s Instagram will ultimately remain a mystery to us all, but if he turns up on set in a motion-capture suit, we were the first to tell you.
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