We still don’t know what the storyline will be in director Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel sequel, but we’re getting a sense of what kind of Batman will appear in the film.
Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara told a room full of Wall Street analysts that the character will be “tired, and kind of weary and seasoned and been doing it for awhile,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Affleck’s selection to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in Snyder’s untitled Man of Steel sequel caused a firestorm of controversy, with Twitter haters pitted against a chorus of #Batfleck supporters that included pal Matt Damon, Joss Whedon, Michael Keaton, Josh Brolin and more.
Tsujihara reiterated Warner Bros’ support for Affleck saying the actor will nail the role.
“Ben is perfect for the vision Zack has for that character. The fact that you saw such a passionate response in the blogosphere is really kind of a testament to the love that people have for this character.”
He also revealed that the company is planning additional DC superhero announcements “in the coming months.”
So now that pal Ben Affleck has landed the role of Batman in Man of Steel 2, singer Justin Timberlake has thrown his name into the ring as a possible candidate to play one of the film’s villains, Variety reports.
Speaking during a radio appearance on New York’s Fresh 102.7, Timberlake said he has no interest in playing Batman sidekick Robin, but he would love to appear in Batman vs. Superman as The Riddler.
“I ain’t playing Robin. I have no aspiration to ever be a superhero in a movie,” he said.
“Now, a villain! I’ll tell you the villain I want to play more than anything because I grew up loving Batman, funnily enough, is the Riddler. The Riddler is my favorite villain. The Riddler was like a sociopath. He was proper crazy. So if I’m gonna play crazy, I’m wanna play proper crazy.”
Justin Timberlake. REUTERS FILE
Timberlake, who appears with Affleck in the upcoming thriller Runner Runner, sung the praises of his co-star. “I think he’s an extreme talent, so he could surprise a lot of people.”
Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston has been rumoured to be playing Superman nemesis Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel sequel.
So far the storyline is a secret, but Affleck has reportedly agreed to play Batman in multiple films, so it’s possible we could see an appearance by The Riddler, if not in Man of Steel 2, somewhere down the line. The supervillain was left out of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, and hasn’t been seen onscreen since Jim Carrey played the character in 1995′s Batman Forever.
I wasn’t a big fan of Carrey’s over-the-top campy portrayal opposite Val Kilmer’s Batman, but I’d be interested in seeing Timberlake’s take on The Riddler. He was pretty darn good as Sean Parker in The Social Network.
As an antagonist for Batman, I think it’ll be great if the new films dig deeper into the Caped Crusader’s rogues gallery. In addition to The Riddler, there’s Penguin, Red Hood, The Mad Hatter, Dollmaker – the list is pretty extensive.
What do you think? Could Timberlake pull off playing Doctor Edward Nygma? Let us know what you think in the comments.
One thing is for certain following last week’s big Batman announcement: Ben Affleck could be playing the Dark Knight for a long time.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Affleck has agreed to play the Caped Crusader in multiple movies, should sequels continue.
Ryan Gosling, who was also considered, didn’t like the idea of committing to a number of sequels. Josh Brolin and True Blood’s Joe Manganiello were also possibilities.
Batfans reacted with anger following last week’s announcement with #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck taking over Twitter. But…I do think it’s fair to say that a lot of folks weren’t too thrilled with Heath Ledger’s casting as the Joker, and look how that turned out. Ditto RDJ as Iron Man, which was perhaps the most risky casting decision Marvel made given what that film meant to its overall big screen strategy.
Yes, Daredevil and Gigli weren’t great, but Affleck’s filmography over the past several years has been pretty impeccable. So I’m siding with Joss Whedon, who tweeted his support for Warner Bros’ choice.
Affleck'll crush it. He's got the chops, he's got the chin — just needs the material. Affleck & Cavill toe to toe — I'm in.
“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne,” Snyder said in a statement published by Variety. “I can’t wait to work with him.”
Affleck begins work on Man of Steel 2 in February after he completes shooting Gone Girl for David Fincher. He’ll be shooting that film for the majority of next year, and then start work on his next directorial effort – an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’sLive By Night.
The sequel joins a crowded slate of films set to bow in 2015, including The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and Terminator 5.
Although some anger followed the surprise selection last week, THR reports that Affleck met with Snyder to discuss the part earlier this year before Man of Steel was even released.
Some people pointed to a prophetic scene from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (in which Affleck pokes fun of his own acting) as a sign his turn as Batman is doomed to failure.
During an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con last month, Warner Bros. announced that the next Superman film will also feature Batman, and during his appearance, Snyder had Man of Steel actor Harry Lennix read a passage from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.
“I’m so excited to begin working again with Henry Cavill in the world we created, and I can’t wait to expand the DC Universe in this next chapter,” Snyder said. “Let’s face it, it’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest Super Heroes in the world.”
Recently, The Hollywood Reporter had indicated that Josh Brolin was a front-runner for the part. Since then, there have been rumours that Christian Bale had been offered $60 million to reprise the role from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Other names floated as possibilities to become the Caped Crusader included: Ryan Gosling, Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Max Martini (Pacific Rim) and Matthew Goode (Watchmen).
Batman won’t serve as Affleck’s initiation into the comic book universe. He previously played Marvel’s Daredevil in a much-maligned adaptation in 2003. It was a franchise-killing performance of Clooney-Batman proportions. But hey, a decade later Affleck has another Oscar so he has certainly upped his game. When you think about it, he hasn’t really made a bad movie since 2004′s Surviving Christmas, and his last few – Argo, The Town and To the Wonder – have been very good.
And don’t forget – George Clooney bounced back from the debacle that was Batman & Robin, so there’s nothing to say that Affleck can’t leave the mess of Daredevil behind him as well.
Snyder’s Superman/Batman film hits theatres in 2015, alongside The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Terminator 5, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and Independence Day 2. That’s a lotta competition for your popcorn munchies.
Let us know what you think of the new choice for Batman. You can also check out this fan-made trailer that combined Affleck’s DD and Bale’s Dark Knight in one unrealized film – Batman vs. Daredevil.
Earlier today, we brought you word that 20th Century Fox might be ready to offer Hugh Jackman $100 million for four more appearances as Wolverine.
Now we’re getting news via Badass Digital that Warner Bros. is rumoured to be dangling $60 million in front of Christian Bale for him to reprise his role as the Dark Knight.
The news was originally reported by the UK’s Sun, which is subscriber based.
Although Bale has said he is done with the character (“Let’s not get greedy,” he told EW), in a Canadian newspaper exclusive last summer, Bale told the Toronto Sun that it was up to director Christopher Nolan whether he’d be back as the Caped Crusader.
“I just want for Chris to tell me he’s got a story and I go read it and it’s: ‘Oh great, let’s go do it!’ If he comes up with a great story … I’m just the wrong guy to be asking about that. It’s all down to Chris.
“But my understanding is that he’s pretty clear. In my conversations with him, [The Dark Knight Rises] is it, this is how it was meant to be. But there’s always the temptation: How far can you push it? Then there’s: No, if it’s good, leave it, walk away at that moment. Don’t wait until you start making mistakes.”
During his appearance at San Diego Comic-Con last month, director Zack Snyder announced that Man of Steel 2 will feature both Batman and Superman. The film will be produced by Nolan and co-written with Batman scribe, David S. Goyer.
But after he brought out actor Harry Lennix (who played General Swanwick in Man of Steel) to read an excerpt from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, speculation has run rampant as to what shape the upcoming film will take.
As images of Superman’s “S” and Batman’s “Bat” flashed onsceen, Lennix read a line from the iconic comic. “I want you to remember, Clark. In all the years to come. In all your most private moments. I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.”
Snyder was quick to say that his Superman/Batman film won’t be a remake of The Dark Knight Returns, but did say that the book will influence his storyline for the new film, which he will co-write with David S. Goyer.
Since then, it has been rumoured that Warner Bros. is interested in hiring an “older” Batman with The Hollywood Reporter speculating that Josh Brolin, Joe Manganiello, Richard Armitage and Ryan Gosling are up for the part, while the U.K. tabloid The Daily Express reported that Orlando Bloom is a front-runner for the role. According to Gossip Cop, though, the latter “appears to be internet gossip.”
Snyder’s Batman/Superman film is due out in 2015, alongside, Star Wars VII, Avengers 2, Terminator 5, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and a host of others, so whomever they pick, the movie better be good.
I leave you with the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises to help further the case for Bale.