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Batman Vs. Superman News & Rumors Recap Part 1

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With Ben Affleck publicly commenting on the Batman Vs. Superman movie recently, I think now is a good time to go over all the news and rumors surrounding the movie to date. Later on I’ll cover the news and rumors from this point forward in a part 2 of the article.

I’ve kept a majority of the stuff focused primarily on “Batman Vs. Superman.” Feel free to leave a comment if anything major might be missing from the following timeline.

So without further ado…

“And here we go.”

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(Fan art)

Early Reports:

• 2011 sees rumor of a Batman/Superman movie with two possibilities: One with veteran Batman taking Superman under his wing; one with younger Batman with Superman taking him under his wing

August of 2012 had Ben Affleck named to be directing Justice League; Hollywood trade sites called it BS

December of 2012 sees Ben Affleck state he is excited for Justice League and would do another superhero film

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Pre-Man of Steel 2013:

Back in February of 2013 it is rumored that David Goyer will be writing the sequel to Man of Steel.

April of 2013 sees Zack Snyder say he’s not exhausted at all with Superman and wants more.

April 11th: Our DC Entertainment source says Ben Affleck is on the Justice League movie short list to direct and is the studio’s top choice.

May 31st: Zack Snyder thinks you need more Superman before Justice League.

June 1st: Hans Zimmer says “here we go again” when asked about working with Zack Snyder and more Superman movies.

June 10th: A week before Man of Steel opens, it’s reported the sequel is green lit and fast-tracked with Zack Snyder attached; David Goyer signed a 3-picture deal which also includes Justice League; Christopher Nolan still involved, as well.

June 10th: Zack Snyder wants Superman to be at the top and at the helm of Justice League.

June 13th: Mention is made of a Batman vs. Superman movie. It’s reported that if Man of Steel does well enough at the box office, Warner Bros. can do Justice League including Superman, Superman vs. Batman and another Superman. It’s also said it opens up at least three different fronts of potential sequels. Wonder Woman and Aquaman are mentioned, with two Man of Steel films before Justice League.

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Man of Steel Opens

June 14th: Man of Steel opens with $125 million opening and almost $200 million worldwide.

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Post-Man of Steel

June 16th: It’s reported by the Wall Street Journal that Warner Bros. is already developing a Man of Steel sequel with a 2014 release with Justice League in 2015.

June 21st: Jeff Robinov, head of WB movies, is forced out.

June 25th: Warner Bros. and Thomas Tull / Legendary part ways (Legendary co-financed Batman movies and Man of Steel).

June 23rd: Our DC Entertainment source fills us in that Mark Strong is wanted as Lex Luthor.

June 25th: Henry Cavill wants more Superman and build up of the other characters before Justice League.

June 27th: Zack Snyder says the Man of Steel sequel will deal with all the destruction that took place in the first movie. Also says he wanted to expand the DC Universe by using all the Easter Eggs in Man of Steel, and make sure those characters existing in Superman’s world is a possibility.

June 30th: Man of Steel flies past $500 million at the box office.

July 1st: Christian Bale says he looks forward to passing the torch.

July 8th: Russell Crowe states he wouldn’t mind a Krypton prequel movie.

July 10th: Arrow star Stephen Amell wants to be in Justice League.

June 13th: David Goyer says Superman is the first costumed hero, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been others helping people, just not in costume.

July 15th: Man of Steel at $619 million worldwide.

July 19th Comic-Con: News hits before Warner Bros. officially announces Batman Vs. Superman that the Batman reboot and Justice League are slated for 2015. It’s noted no Man of Steel 2 is listed.

July 20th Comic-Con: The afternoon before the big announcement, numerous Hollywood trade sites report Batman Vs. Superman with Zack Snyder, Henry Cavill and Christopher Nolan is confirmed. It’s also said a movie for The Flash is in the works for 2016 and Justice League in 2017.

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Batman Vs. Superman Announced

July 20th Comic-Con: Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder reveal the Batman Vs. Superman logo at Comic-Con. Warner Bros. releases a press release that states Snyder, Goyer, Nolan, Cavill with Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne are all on board.

July 21st Comic-Con: David Goyer mentions the title could be Batman Vs. Superman.

July 23rd: Our DC Entertainment source fills us in that Tyler Hoechlin is being eyed for the new Batman; says WB wants to move things along regarding Batman and Superman, and have essentially combined two films into one. We’re also told Lex Luthor will be in the film, and it will feature villains (note: in the plural); we are told a lot is being built up to Justice League; a trusted source close to Warner Bros. tells us WB has met with Mattel about merchandising etc.

July 27th: Batman Vs. Superman said to be filming in Toronto.

July 30th: The Flash announced to be coming to CW’s Arrow with plans for a spinoff series; The Flash movie said to still be a go.

July 31st: Zack Snyder rumored to be bringing Frank Miller on board as consultant.

August 1st: It’s reported that someone apparently spoke to Zack Snyder, who said Snyder has to go along with the direction WB intends (with fans speculating the studio wants Batman in the movie).

August 2nd: Batman rumors begin with mention of an older Batman (note: seemingly contradicting Goyer’s June 13th statements and our own younger Batman info): Josh Duhamel, Jude Law, Gerard Butler, Josh Brolin, Jon Hamm, Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, and Jim Caviezel are mentioned as examples.

August 3rd: Josh Brolin, Joe Manganiello, Ryan Gosling, Richard Armitage, Max Martini, Matthew Goode rumored for Batman.

August 8th: Mark Strong says to watch this space about Lex Luthor (see June 23rd).

August 8th: Bryan Cranston rumored for Lex Luthor.

August 9th: Christian Bale said to be offered $50 million to return as Batman, but turned it down. It eventually comes out a book was apparently misquoted; Scott Adkins is rumored for Batman.

August 10th: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Armie Hammer, Orlando Bloom rumored for Batman.

August 14th: Bryan Cranston says to give him a call about Lex Luthor when questioned about the rumor.

August 17th: Our DC Entertainment source says Wes Bently is Christopher Nolan’s choice for Batman (Bently is a part of Nolan’s Interstellar); We are told by our DC Entertainment source that Jake Gyllenhaal, Luke Evans, Ben Affleck up for Batman, as well.

August 20th: Batman villains, the League Of Assassins, rumored for Arrow; and confirmed.

August 21st: Katee Sackhoff says she is interested in playing Harley Quinn.

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(Ben Affleck in Runner, Runner)

Ben Affleck Cast As Batman

August 22nd: Ben Affleck is named the new Batman.

August 22nd: A source close to Warner Bros. (note: different than our DC Entertainment source) tells Cosmic Book News Ben Affleck has signed a multi-picture dealLex Luthor will be featured in the movie; we are again told a lot is building up to Justice League.

August 23rd: A source close to Warner Bros. tells Cosmic Book News about the casting process and decision regarding going with Ben Affleck as the new Batman; trusted source confirms Tyler Hoechlin received heavy consideration; Affleck made huge postive impression with WB over talks about Justice League Movie.

August 23rd: A source close to WB tells Cosmic Book News Bryan Cranston “HAS” been cast as Lex Luthor with a possible 6-10 picture deal; the big announcement is said to be coming near the series finale of Breaking Bad so WB can continue with the momentum; Affleck said to have signed as high as 13; DC said to be building a more connected universe than Marvel; Damon being looked at with Aquaman or Martian Manhunter mentioned; Mark Strong not chosen as Lex because his past affiliation with Sinestro, and that he could be the character again.

August 23rd: Ben Affleck reportedly hitting the gym hard with 2-hour workouts.

August 23rd: Following our info, a Hollywood trade site reports the reason for bringing Ben Affleck on as Batman is to ease actors’ fears about Robinov leaving with new CEO Ken Tsujihara taking over (shows WB suppports their actors); Nolan had a large part in bringing Affleck on; Ben Affleck as Batman lines him up to star and potentially direct Justice League; Affleck signed for multiple movies; Batman Vs. Superman to film February through August of 2014.

August 23rd: Fans launch petitions against Ben Affleck as Batman; including petitioning the White House and Obama.

August 24th: Death threats issued over Ben Affleck as Batman.

August 26th: Every major news organization in the world picks up on Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor.

August 26th: Our DC Entertaiment source says Timothy Dalton is being eye for Alfred.

August 26th: Stephen Amell lets it be known Christopher Nolan approved use of The Flash for Arrow; strongly hints at shared movie / TV universe (see July 23rd and August 22nd “a lot is being built up…”).

August 26th: Batman Vs. Superman rumored to film in Michigan.

August 27th: Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor featured on E! News; E! News is unable to confirm or deny the casting; states the news has caused no backlash.

August 27th: Matt Damon won’t play Robin.

August 27th: Leaked Bryan Cranston Lex Luthor image from iMDB taken down; authenticity never confirmed.

August 28th: Matt Damon joins Chrisopher Nolan’s Interstellar in a small role.

August 29th: Batman Vs. Superman announced to film in Detroit and Michigan.

August 29th: A trusted source close to WB tells Cosmic Book News Mercy Graves will be in Batman Vs. Superman.

August 29th: Justin Timberlake, starring in Runner, Runner with Ben Affleck, mentions he wants to play Riddler.

August 30th: A meteor is rumored with filming said to take place in Morocco.

September 1st: Bryan Cranston says nothing is set.

September 3rd: Hans Zimmer states he has to think about composing Batman Vs. Superman (contradicting June 1st).

September 3rd: Katee Sackhoff mentions wanting Harley Quinn for the second time.

September 4th: Ben Affleck as Batman concept art lands online from an artist who worked with Christopher Nolan on The Dark Knight graphic novel.

September 4thBatman girlfriend casting call lands online looking for a tall, attractive and physically strong girl leading to speculation it may be an Amazon (Mercy Graves is an Amazon – see August 29th).

September 6th: Sackhoff says a studio has been checking on her availabilty; everyone online assumes it’s for Marvel.

September 7th: Jennifer Garner, wife to Affleck, is excited for her husband and family.

September 7th: Josh Brolin confirms he was up for Batman.

September 8th: Jennifer Garner comments about Ben Affleck as Batman for the second time; states he has a real take on the character.

September 10th: Batman Vs. Superman appears to get Zack Snyder’s 300 and Watchmen Cinematographer with Larry Fong.

September 11th: Josh Brolin lets it be known he never talked to anybody about Batman; didn’t have a take on Batman; said it was Zack Snyder’s idea.

September 11th: Katee Sackhoff denies being in talks with Marvel.

September 12: WB CEO Kevin Tsujihara says Ben Affleck Batman is a seasoned veteran, been around a while, tired and weary (contradicts Goyer’s June 13th comments).

September 13th: Grant Gustin cast as Barry Allen and The Flash for Arrow.

September 14th: Justin Bieber teases Robin with Batman Vs. Superman script; unofficially it’s reported by numerous outlets it’s fake.

September 16th: Michael Jai White cast as Bronze Tiger; a member of the League of Assassins and known in the comics for attempting to kill friend to Batman, Kathy Bates, who also happens to be Batwoman.

September 16th: Hans Zimmer seems reluctant to take on Batman Vs. Superman as he is unsure of doing Batman again (contradicts June 1st).

September 16th: WB CEO Kevin Tsjuihara investors transcript hits the net; talk of 12-14 DC Movies (see August 23rd); lots of announcements coming with DC at the center; mentions “Batman Vs. Superman” leading some to speculate that is the title of the movie.

September 17th: Ben Affleck appears on the Jimmy Fallon Show publicly talking about Batman for the first time.

The sequel to “Man of Steel” goes into production next year for a July 17, 2015 release starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the “Man of Steel” and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Morgan Freeman Not Sure About Ben Affleck As Batman; Surprised About The Reboot

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Morgan Freeman, who starred in the Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight Trilogy movies as Lucius Fox, just heard about the news of Ben Affleck being named the new Batman.

Speaking with USA Today, the actor says that it’s the first he’s heard about it and is surprised they are rebooting Batman so fast.

This is the first I am hearing of it. My first reactions are ‘Wow’ and ‘Good luck.’

After the trilogy, I thought that no one would try it again for a few years more to let this whole thing die down. Because it’s still there. So I don’t know, I hope Ben does well.

Freeman goes on to state that he doesn’t think he will be reprising his character for the new Batman/Superman movie because if they are introducing a new Batman, most likely they will do the same for the other characters as well.

If the new movie does have a Lucius Fox I don’t think it’s going to be me. It doesn’t seem to work to mix characters in the movies. If you are going to change the lead character, you’re probably going to change all the characters.

In addition to Freeman, other Hollywood creators and actors have let their thoughts be known about Ben Affleck as the new Batman include Joss Whedon, Val Kilmer and Wil Wheaton, and Henry Cavill.

The sequel to “Man of Steel” goes into production next year for a July 17, 2015 release also starring Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the “Man of Steel” and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Val Kilmer Says To Give Ben Affleck A Chance As Batman; Wil Wheaton Is Just The Opposite

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The stars are aligned behind Ben Affleck as the latest comes from the former Caped Crusader, Val Kilmer.

Similar to how we heard from Henry Cavill and The Avengers director Joss Whedon, Val Kilmer takes to his Twitter to offer his support.

“Give Ben a chance!” Kilmer tweeted earlier.

Val Kilmer starred as Bruce Wayne in the 1995 Joel Schumacher movie, Batman Forever, that wasn’t received very well by the fan base as well.

While Kilmer is positive about Ben Affleck, other Hollywood stars – not so much.

Wil Wheaton took to his own Twitter to throw a few jabs at Affleck’s direction.

“Really looking forward to seeing Affleck bring the depth and gravitas to Batman that he brought to Daredevil and Gigli,” Wheaton said.

However, after some apparent backlash from his followers who we are guessing are fans of Affleck, Wheaton chained his tune. Sorta.

“Relax, Team Affleck. I’m just making a joke. Calm yourselves with a rewarding viewing of Jersey Girl, and everything will be fine,” Wheaton replied back.

The sequel to “Man of Steel” goes into production next year for a July 17, 2015 release also starring Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the “Man of Steel” and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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WB Brought Ben Affleck On Board Batman To Carry Henry Cavill, Because Of Christopher Nolan, & Kevin Tsujihara

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A new report has surfaced explaining more reasons why Warner Bros. decided to go with Ben Affleck as the new Batman.

The Hollywood Reporter offers some insights as to the internal thoughts behind bringing Ben Affleck on board.

Earlier this year a new Warner Bros. CEO was named with Kevin Tsujihara, who ousted the head of WB Movies with Jeff Robinov. The report states that bringing Ben Affleck on board relieves the uneasiness some of the talent felt with all the changes (Legendary and Thomas Tull were ousted as well). It’s said Ben Affleck as Batman shows the studio is publicly behind one of their signature actors.

It’s also stated the Christopher Nolan situation had a large hand in getting Ben Affleck for Batman. It’s said Nolan offered Man of Steel to Affleck, which Affleck declined to direct. The report states Nolan had a large role in the Man of Steel with post-production as well as bringing Zack Snyder on board. Apparently, Snyder was the one who reached out to Affleck. It’s also said with Nolan busy shooting Interstellar, that Affleck’s talents as a director and actor will be beneficial on set (in our own report we were told WB loved Affleck’s dedication as an actor and director).

Perhaps the biggest reason for Ben Affleck deciding to do Batman is that the pressure really isn’t on him as much. THR notes that since the 2015 movie is a sequel to Man of Steel, that any potential under performance issues won’t land on his shoulders. While it’s not specifically stated in the article, Superman fans can assume that the movie will be more focused on the Henry Cavill storyline (seeing it’s a sequel).

Now regarding Henry Cavill, THR states that Henry Cavill is not thought of as an actor who can carry a franchise, as he is still up-and-coming. They even go so far as to state that Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe were the strong draws of Man of Steel, but now that the characters are dead, there is a need for someone who can carry a movie. Enter Ben Affleck. 

The report also states Ben Affleck as Batman lines him up to star and potentially direct Justice League (our report stated Affleck made a huge impression with WB regarding the Justice League talks).

The sequel to “Man of Steel” goes into production next year for a July 17, 2015 release also starring Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the “Man of Steel” and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Fans Go Crazy Over Ben Affleck As Batman: Petition Obama To Make It Illegal

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The internet has indeed exploded with the news that Ben Affleck has been cast as the new Batman.

Fans have erupted on various social networks with #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck trending #1 on Twitter for the past 18 hours.

Now the fans have started online petitions, with Cosmic Book News M.E. Byron Brewer pointing out that one has gone so far as to ask President Obama and the White House to make it illegal for Ben Affleck to portray Batman.

Variety reports more than two dozen petitions have been launched since the announcement, with some taken down by Change.org, but others already have upwards of 11,000 plus “signatures.”

The petition reads:

His acting skill is not even close to being believable as Bruce Wayne and he won’t do the role justice. He’s not built, nor is he intimidating enough for the role of Batman. His portrayal of Daredevil was atrocious and he’s not remotely close to an action star. Please find someone else.

Ben Affleck is set to star along side Henry Cavill in the as-of-yet untitled Batman/Superman movie set for a July 17, 2015 release directed by Zack Snyder.

Recently it was learned that Affleck is participating in two hour per day work outs to achieve the necessary Batman physique, and Cosmic Book News has also been told that Warner Bros. is extremely happy with Affleck’s seriousness and dedication to the role, including the huge positive impression Ben Affleck left with them regarding Justice League.

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Exclusive: Ben Affleck Made Huge Positive Impression For Warner Bros. With Batman & Justice League

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Last night Warner Bros. announced Ben Affleck to be the new Batman starring opposite Henry Cavill in the as-of-yet untitled Batman/Superman movie slated for a July 17, 2015 release directed by Zack Snyder with a script from David Goyer.

The news took the internet by storm with Batman and Ben Affleck quickly trending worldwide on Twitter and all the various social media networks.

Cosmic Book News has learned a few details about the casting process and decision that went into the new Batman from a source close to Warner Bros.

As we previously told you, Tyler Hoechlin was up for the role and was given heavy consideration.

We are also told that Karl Urban was up to be the new Batman, but his schedule prevented it.

Regarding Ben Affleck, he was #3 on the list, behind the two aforementioned names.

We’ve been told WB went with Affleck because they love his dedication as an actor and director.

It’s said Ben Affleck made a “HUGE” positive impression on Warner Bros. during the Justice League talks, “they feel he truly gets it.”

Cosmic Book News was also told that Ben Affleck signed on multi-picture deal, and that Lex Luthor has been cast.

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Ben Affleck Hitting The Gym Hard For Batman With 2-Hour Workouts

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Last night Warner Bros. announced Ben Affleck as the new Batman.

Affleck will star alongside Henry Cavill in the sequel to Man of Steel that has a July 17, 2015 release date.

It’s safe to say that the internet exploded with the news of Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader. 

CBN’s own Lawrence Napoli offered his thoughts in a heated op-ed, and EIC Matt McGloin was part of a live call-in show about the news.

Mentioned during the call-in was the fact that Affleck was older and not necessarily in the best Batman shape.

Now it’s learned that Ben Affleck has been hitting the gym hard.

US Magazine reports that Ben Affleck has already begun training for Batman and has been working out two hours per day to get in shape.

It’s said Affleck has been working hard to get buff for the role transforming his physique in the process.

Prior to Man of Steel, Henry Cavill packed on an estimated 40 lbs. working out two hours per day as well.

The news of Ben Affleck participating in two-hour work outs certainly should squash any mention the actor is not taking the role seriously.

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Ben Affleck Is The New Batman Podcast With Matt McGloin & Lawrence Napoli

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Ben Affleck is the new Batman!

Warner Bros. officially made the announcement last night in addition to the as-of-yet untitled Batman/Superman movie having a July 17, 2015 release.

Affleck will co-star with new Superman Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

Cosmic Book News also learned that Affleck has signed on for a multi-picture deal as well as that Lex Luthor has been cast in the movie.

So with all this big news hitting, EIC Matt McGloin and CBN movie reviewer Lawrence Napoli went live on the air to discuss Ben Affleck as Batman.

Below you can listen to the 90 minute podcast where all things Ben Affleck are discussed, as well as Warner Bros. versus Marvel Studios, talk of the Justice League movie, and lots more.

For even more Ben Affleck discussion, read Lawrence’s op-edBen Affleck As Batman Is The End Of DC.

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Op-Ed: Ben Affleck As Batman Is The End Of DC

This is the END, DC!

Attempting to comprehend “Why?!?”

By: Lawrence Napoli

 

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It’s Thursday night, August 22, 2013, and I just found out that Ben Affleck will be the next Batman in the sequel to Man of Steel as well as what I presume will be DC’s efforts moving forward to culminate in Justice League. Let that sentence percolate for a moment. Ben F*CKING Affleck!?!? Here’s a pro tip: count to ten, take a breath, in the nose, out the mouth. Needless to say, but I am extremely disappointed in this decision. Nothing (and I mean NOTHING) in this actor’s repertoire indicates that he would, could or should be Batman in a serious adaptation of that character’s license on the silver screen. I’ll delve into my opinion about this debacle later, but first I need to make some predictions about what this means for DC shamelessly attempting to recapture The Avengers in a bottle.

1) Established media entities will universally praise this move.
Affleck, love him or hate him, happens to be an A-list, popular name whose attachment to any film production can send budgets through the roof and potential ticket sales of seemingly obscure films in the same direction. He’s a regular on GQ, he’s a tabloid darling, and thanks to Argo he not only has “street cred,” but finally something significant to distinguish himself from Matt Damon’s more esteemed body of work. DC, Dune Entertainment, Syncopy and Warner Bros. are making this decision entirely about money, but the false assumption is that Affleck has this effect for this kind of serious comic book adaptation. In the one, previous stint Affleck had with starring as a superhero: Daredevil, that production had a budget of $78 million dollars in 2003 and its GLOBAL take at the box office was just under $180 million. This is NOT an example of “showing me the money!”

2) Bat Fans, Bloggers, Fan Websites and anything else remotely grassroots will universally pan (or at least raise a serious eyebrow at) this move.
The die-hard fan (a.k.a. fanboy) is instrumental in turning these comic book movies into legit challengers to Avatar’s all time money record. They’re the ones that pump movies they like incessantly (and for free) on the internet, attend multiple screenings and contribute to a fever pitched word of mouth campaign to do the kind of things The Avengers did. Core fans don’t care very much for Affleck because everything about his persona reeks of Shannon who worked at The Fashionable Male in Mallrats. He’s comes off as arrogant, narcissistic, over privileged and completely devoid of an ounce of genuine humility. You know, he’s the kind of guy that beat up the comic book geeks and nerds in high school. Yeah, this decision should go over really well with them.

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3) Superman vs. Batman and Justice League by extension will be out-earned, outperformed and out-classed by the Marvel Films.
DC is already at a distinct disadvantage with making Superman the center piece of their movement because that character’s godlike immunity makes him difficult to connect with contemporary audiences. Green Lantern was so awful that DC would rather have everyone completely forget that it ever happened. Nobody gives a damn about Aquaman. No woman (save for Lucy Lawless in her prime) could do Wonder Woman justice. And no one (outside of “the core”) knows about Flash, Martian Manhunter or Cyborg. DC’s most valuable character is the one they’ve already made seven movies with, and Christian Bale’s performance is recognized by many to be the “best Bat” to date. Oh, and Bale happens to be an Academy Award winning actor.

4) Zack Snyder is going to be constantly hitting every media outlet to pump up Affleck as Batman and tell nay-sayers to shut up. 
“(Affleck) 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. I can’t wait to work with him.”
– Zack Snyder. 

Expect to see unending remixes of this last statement for the next two years. By the way, if you were looking for a translation for that quote, it goes something like this: “Forget your apprehensions concerning this casting call; Ben Affleck is the perfect Batman because the studio told me so, and I couldn’t identify a real actor even if Hugh Jackman punched me in the face.” Okay, so that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but seriously, what was Snyder thinking with that? “Scars of a seasoned crime fighter,” implies the aforementioned humility factor that a career spent personifying arrogant bastards is pretty much incapable of depicting.

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5) Everyone will suddenly pine for Superman snapping Batman’s neck in the movie.
This has a lot to do with prediction #2. Frank Miller’s, The Dark Knight Returns has that infamous showdown between Batman and Superman that has had every comic book aficionado salivating over Batman’s ability to overcome any odds and defeat any adversary put before him. People like Batman because he’s dark, deductive, mortal and flawed, and Superman was depicted as a brain-washed boy scout in that comic. Affleck is not an underdog though; he’s a front-runner and people want to see him get taken down a peg or two. Ergo, Henry Cavill needs to melt his face off with heat vision. Perhaps this is all an elaborate scheme by DC to make Superman their #1 guy in the eyes of the fans: by neutering Batman with Affleck.

I’m sure other things will happen like fans picketing theatres, or petitions to bring back Christian Bale. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if people hit up Kickstarter to put real money behind the serious opposition to this decision, but the fact of the matter is that this casting decision is the furthest from a slam dunk and it astounds me that no one calling the shots for DC’s film adaptations gave this a serious thought. Not once did I ever consider Affleck to be a legitimate contender for this role because he’s simply way too high-profile for it. What motivates an actor who’s already made millions and could give two shits if people don’t like his performance? I simply do not know, but actors who have neither of those are more likely to deliver a better performance and that’s what it should really be about.

The one thing I’d really like to know is what Affleck’s boy, Kevin Smith has to say about this. I’m sure he’s polishing his knee pads for the man now that the decision’s been made, and it’s out there for everyone to discuss, but I’d want to know what he’d say behind closed doors before any rumors concerning his casting were ever conceived.

I know I should be a more mature, reasonable and responsible journalist in regards to expressing my opinion on this matter, but I simply never cared for Ben Affleck, any of his films, his association with J-Lo, and his (generally speaking) smarmy attitude. I care even less for him now that he’s been tapped to be my favorite vigilante. I realize I should reserve all judgment until the film comes out, but that would be difficult seeing how I am giving serious thought to boycotting DC’s films from this point on.

Make mine Marvel!

Related: Op-Ed: A Response To Ben Affleck Batman Nerd Rage & Why Heath Ledger Argument Doesn’t Work

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Exclusive: Ben Affleck Signs Huge Multi-Picture Deal For Batman; Lex Luthor Has Been Cast

While the official Warner Bros. press release didn’t specifically announce it, I’ve learned that Ben Affleck has signed a multi-picture deal to play Batman.

Described by a source close to Warner Bros. as “huge,” Affleck has signed on for multiple movies portraying Batman and Bruce Wayne.

I’ve also learned that the as-of-yet untitled Batman/Superman movie will feature Lex Luthor, and that the role has been cast.

Previous rumors mentioned for Lex Luthor include Mark Strong and Bryan Cranston.

I haven’t been able to verify whether or not Strong or Cranston has been awarded the role, or if it’s someone else entirely.

The same source stated that Warner Bros. is building a lot leading up to the Justice League movie.

You can read the official Warner Bros. announcement regarding Ben Affleck as the new Batman, which also announced the movie has a July 17, 2015 release with production set to begin next year.

The film is also set to star Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the Man of Steel and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Ben Affleck Revealed As Batman: Official Warner Bros. Press Release

Below you can check the official info that Warner Bros. released regarding the announcement that Ben Affleck is the new Batman.

Update: Cosmic Book News has also learned that Lex Luthor has been cast.

 

Press Release

BEN AFFLECK REVEALED AS BATMAN IN WARNER BROS. PICTURES’ NEW SUPER HERO FEATURE FILM, NOW SLATED TO OPEN JULY 17, 2015
 

The Oscar®-winning star joins Henry Cavill in the first ever onscreen match-up of DC Comics’ most iconic characters.

 

BURBANK, CA, August 22, 2013 – Ending weeks of speculation, Ben Affleck has been set to star as Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne.  Affleck and filmmaker Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project—bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in “Man of Steel.”  The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The studio has slated the film to open worldwide on July 17, 2015.

Last month’s surprise announcement of the new movie featuring both Superman and Batman created a wave of excitement and immediately fueled discussion and debate—among fans as well as in the media—about who would put on the cape and cowl of Bruce Wayne’s alter ego.

Snyder successfully re-imagined the origin of Clark Kent/Superman in the worldwide blockbuster “Man of Steel,” which has earned more than $650 million worldwide to date, and climbing.  The director will now create an original vision of Batman and his world for the film that brings the two DC Comics icons together.

Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, who will reprise the role of Superman/Clark Kent.  The film will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

In the announcement, Silverman stated, “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some.  His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”

Snyder also expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck, noting, “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.  I can’t wait to work with him.”

Kroll added, “We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman.  He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.”

Affleck recently starred in the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture “Argo,” which he also directed and produced, earning acclaim and a BAFTA Award nomination for his performance in the film, as well as a number of directing honors.  In 2010, he starred in and directed the hit crime thriller “The Town.”  His recent acting work also includes “The Company Men,” “State of Play,” and “Hollywoodland,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.  Earlier in his career, Affleck starred in and co-wrote (with Matt Damon) “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won an Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay.

The new Super Hero film is being scripted by David S. Goyer from a story he co-created with Zack Snyder.  Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as executive producers.

Production is expected to begin in 2014.

The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, and Batman characters created by Bob Kane, published by DC Entertainment.

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Ben Affleck Is The New Batman For Man of Steel Sequel; Release Date Announced

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Warner Bros. has announced that Ben Affleck will be the new Batman and will star alongside Henry Cavill in the sequel to Man of Steel.

Ben Affleck will be the new Bruce Wayne in the as-of-yet untitled Batman/Superman movie directed by Zack Snyder.

Warner Bros. has also announced the film will have a July 17, 2015 release date.

In a statement released by Warner Bros., Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production stated, “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”

Director Zack Snyder added, “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. I can’t wait to work with him.”

Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. offered, “We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman. He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.”

The Batman/Superman movie also stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane with a script by David Goyer.

Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller as executive producers.

Zack Snyder also co-created the story with Goyer.

Update: You can check out the official press release from Warner Bros. announcing Ben Affleck As Batman.

Update #2: Cosmic Book News has learned Ben Affleck has signed on to a multi-picture deal to play Batman, and that Lex Luthor has been cast.

For more news on the Man of Steel and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Katee Sackhoff As Harley Quinn? She Would Sell Her First Born For That

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We’ve been hearing about various actors wanting to be Batman in the reboot, but how about some related characters?

Katee Sackhoff, known for roles in Battlestar Galactica and the upcoming Riddick, mentions she would die to play Harley Quinn, the girlfriend of The Joker.

“I love Harley Quinn. I do. I just love it,” she told Esquire. “It’s not been done before. It’s this fantastic mix. I mean, it’s like the female Joker. Who wouldn’t want to do that? Quite potentially — it’s not around so I wouldn’t feel the weight of it — I’d probably sell my first born at this point to do that.”

With Warner Bros. launching a new Batman/Superman movie it’s possible we could see Harley Quinn on the big screen if the villain of the movie happens to be at least The Joker (speculated Lex Luthor as well).

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Exclusive: Christopher Nolan Recommends Wes Bentley For New Batman; Jake Gyllenhaal, Luke Evans, Ben Affleck Contenders

Wes Bentley Batman Recommended By Christopher Nolan

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CosmicBookNews‘ DC Entertainment source has provided the following list of names that are said to be offered screen tests for the new Batman alongside Superman Henry Cavill.

We’re told one of the spare Dark Knight Trilogy Batman suits will probably be used for the screen test.

The source gave us an update in regards to Tyler Hoechlin in that it looks like production feels he is too young for the role and won’t be getting a screen test.

Wes Bentley, Jake Gyllenhaal, Luke Evans, and Ben Affleck are the names provided.

Wes Bentley is said to be Christopher Nolan’s recommendation. Bentley has a prominent role in Nolan’s Interstellar, which is currently in production.

David Goyer is said to be a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal, with it previously said Gyllenhaal was Goyer’s pick for the Dark Knight in Batman Begins.

Luke Evans is an up-and-coming actor who starred alongside Cavill in Immortals, had roles in The Hobbit, Clash of the Titans, Fast and Furious 6, and has landed the lead role in the new Dracula movie.

Affleck, we are told, may decline, but WB is still asking.

Update: Ben Affleck is the new Batman.

There was also a previous rumor about Scott Adkins trying out for the new Batman role, but our source says Adkins definitely hasn’t screen tested because auditions have yet to take place. It could be that Adkins auditioned for the stunt double or fight choreographer.

The actual Batman auditions look to begin in September with an announcement not coming until mid-September/October.

Our source recently filled us in that Mark Strong was up for the role of Lex Luthor, which the actor seemed to confirm as well as some scenes and info from the Man of Steel.

Regarding the source’s Justice League movie news, that is said to have been in the plans, but Warner Bros. decided to go with a Batman/Superman movie. It’s said Zack Snyder wanted a stand alone Man of Steel sequel leading to Justice League, but Snyder recenty stated he has to go the route WB wants him to. Other factors also played into why WB is going with Batman/Superman in 2015.

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Gyllenhaal, Evans & Affleck

Superman/Batman, the sequel to Man of Steel, goes into production next year for a 2015 release starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the Man of Steel and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Orlando Bloom, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Armie Hammer Rumored For Batman Reboot

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Two of the three we have heard before, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Armie Hammer get mentioned again along with a new name rumored for the Batman reboot with Orlando Bloom.

Orlando Bloom, 36 years old, is said by a UK gossip site, Express, to be a hot favorite to get the role of Batman, with it even said he may have the part even before the first casting call.

It’s said Henry Cavill is signed on for two more Justice League films (known since last November) at $9.3 million a movie with Bloom going on to become the third Brit to take on a superhero role, in which Andrew Garfield rounds it out with Spider-Man.

A “senior source” at Warner Bros. is quoted with: “Orlando looks odds-on to get the part even before our first casting call,” and “he would be perfect to play off Henry, and I think US audiences would be happy with two Brits as the joint male leads.”

An LA-based industry analyst is also mentioned stating that he doesn’t think fans would be complaining with Bloom and Cavill as Batman and Superman.

The article goes on to mention that Bloom faces opposition from American stars Armie Hammer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as well as states that after Batman gets cast that the rest of the Justice League will follow with Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter.

What do you think? Would Orldando Bloom be your pick for the new Batman?

Superman/Batman, the sequel to Man of Steel, goes into production next year for a 2015 release starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the Man of Steel and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Christian Bale Offered $50 Million To Continue As Batman? Scott Adkins Approached

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Let’s add a pair of new rumors to the Batman reboot mix with mention – again – that Christian Bale was offered a heap of money to reprise as the Caped Crusader for the Justice League movie, in addition to a new name for the role with Scott Adkins.

Scott Adkins, known for The Expendables 2, Zero Dark Thirty and The Bourne Ultimatum, is said to have been approached to play Batman.

The Scott Adkins UK fan site ScottAdkinsfans states the actor may not only have been approached by Warner Bros, but also may have auditioned for the role of the new Batman.

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Regarding Christian Bale, a new gossip-style e-book, Beyond Batman: The Unauthorized True Story of Christian Bale and His Dark Knight Dilemma, has it the actor was offered $50 Million to reprise for the Justice League movie.

It could be possible that Bale was offered to return following The Dark Knight Rises. The book goes on to mention in its description how Bale is compared to Robert Downey Jr. and such, with typecasting and going on to have a career following Batman. Bale previously stated he is not returning, which seemed a definite answer, and Warner Bros. also announced a new Batman would be cast. Our own sources tell us they are going for a younger Batman to play a new character.

Here’s a description of the e-book in case you are interested from Amazon:

“Beyond Batman” is the unauthorized true story of Christian Bale and his real life Dark Knight dilemma.

As the bat signal still glimmers with fervor above Bale’s Hollywood marquee, this compelling, first-of-its-kind work recounts Christian Bale’s inescapable experience as the Batman of our generation.

With three of the most successful Batman films in Hollywood history under his belt, Christian Bale is now facing extraordinary pressure to become The Dark Knight once more in the forthcoming Justice League film.

This compelling read exposes how sources close to Christian Bale have reportedly begun expressing their suspicions that Bale now views the Batman films in the same light that Robert Downey, Jr. views the Iron Man films.

Although Downey has appeared as Tony Stark in four movies in less than a decade, he’s hardly typecast as Iron Man. Downey has balanced his action film escapades with other projects that have harnessed his talents and earned critical acclaim in the process.

If Bale follows a similar formula, his box office glory days may not be behind him – a reality that other men who have donned the black cape weren’t so fortunate to experience. 

In the end, Christian Bale’s future success as a top Hollywood draw may need Batman every bit as much as the Batman franchise still needs Christian Bale.

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Exclusive: Older Batman Rumors False; Update on Flash Movie; Mark Strong Up For Luthor Like We Told You

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:8921:]]Back in June, Cosmic Book News first told you that Zack Snyder was considering Mark Strong for the role of Lex Luthor in the Man of Steel sequel.

Now we hear from the actor who hints at the possibility.

Asked by Digital Spy about playing Lex Luthor in the Superman/Batman Man of Steel 2 movie, Mark Strong replied, All I can say is… watch this space.”

Our DC Entertainment Source also told us the rumor about Bryan Cranston being up for Lex Luthor doesn’t look to be true as Lex is going to be a charming businessman, and Zack Snyder wants Strong for the role.

Our source said Zack Snyder envisioned Henry Cavill as Superman, and this looks to be a similar situation.

We are also told David Goyer is currently writing up a rough first draft of the script with the movie set a year after Man of Steel.

Regarding Batman in the movie being an older character, we are told that isn’t the case; that any casting rumors about actors nearing 50 are “definitely false.”

Our DC Entertainment source said it’s more than likely Batman will be in his 30s.

We are also told by a second source that the casting rumors of an older Batman are just that.

Some other information our DC Entertainment source has managed to dig up includes mention that both Metropolis and Gotham City will be featured in the movie as well as it looking like Alfred and Gordon will be supporting characters.

Previous to Comic-Con there was a rumor of a Flash movie being announced, with our source telling us Berlanti, Guggenheim and Green turned in a treatment in 2011 for a film, with the studio happy with the potential it posed. Cosmic Book News is also told The Flash movie could be based on that version with Geoff Johns on Creative Consultant duty on the script.

Superman/Batman, the sequel to Man of Steel, goes into production next year for a 2015 release starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the Man of Steel and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Superman Batman Man of Steel 2 Could Draw Inspiration From World’s Finest & Public Enemies

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Rumor mills are working overtime in regards to what Zack Snyder, David Goyer and Warner Bros. are doing with their Superman/Batman movie for the Man of Steel sequel.

Cosmic Book News kicked things off with mention that 25-year-old Tyler Hoechlin will be having a screen test with Superman Henry Cavill in the near future, in addition to the news that a lot will be building up to Justice League movie (previous to the announcement of The Flash TV series).

We’ve been telling you for some time that a Justice League movie was in the works for 2015/16, which by all accounts seemed to be the case, but recently Zack Snyder stated that he has to follow the direction Warner Bros. wants to go – and that looks exactly why we have Superman/Batman film set for 2015.

It was also recently rumored that Zack Snyder may be looking for an older 40-ish year old actor for the Batman reboot, which included mention of Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling; however, the same report stressed that casting has yet to begin. 

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Now the latest regarding Superman/Batman and the Man of Steel sequel is that it looks as if casting, indeed, does have yet to begin as Zack Snyder currently is setting his sights on the official title for the movie, with the SupermanHomePage stating it could be inspired from “World’s Finest” and/or “Public Enemies.”

If you recall, recently David Goyer made comments at Comic-Con suggesting the title could very well be “Batman Vs. Superman,” which hasn’t been taken lightly by the Man of Steel fans.

Obviously calling the movie a “versus” film calls forth depictions of Batman beating Superman (just because The Caped Crusader is the more popular). Something to the affect of a “World’s Finest” or “Superman/Batman: Public Enemies” suggests the duo team up, which will inevitably happen in the movie.

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies was a 2009 staight-to-video animated movie, based on the Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness graphic novel, that saw Superman and Batman take on the president of the United States, Lex Luthor.

There have been various incarnations of “World’s Finest” ranging from the 1941 original that saw Superman and Batman team, to the Dave Gibbons comic book series featuring The Joker and Lex Luthor as their adversaries.

Superman/Batman, the sequel to Man of Steel, goes into production next year for a 2015 release starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the Man of Steel and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Joe Maganiello Wants To Smash Henry Cavill’s Face In; Would Like Fight Club Of Superhero Movies (Video)

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Previous to the rumor that Joe Maganiello is up for the Batman reboot, the actor recently discussed superhero movies at the recent Comic-Con.

MTV caught up with the actor where it was mentioned that Joe Maganiello was once up for Superman, with remarks about Henry Cavill stealing the trademark look of the beard.

With that, Joe Maganiello joked that he wanted to take the super man on, getting angry and asking where Henry Cavill is.

Joe continues with mention that he would like to do a superhero movie, but something different, akin to a Fight Club by turning the genre on its side.

Joe Maganiello currently stars in the popular HBO series True Blood, which was said as a possible interference for the Batman role, and the actor played Flash Thompson in the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies.

Perhaps some day Magnaniello will get his wish as he does have the look of a villain. Metallo? Cyborg Superman? How about Parasite?

You can watch the video below for more featuring Joe Maganiello wanting to take on Henry Cavill and talk superhero movies.

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John Leguizamo Says Hell Yeah To Playing Joker In Batman Reboot

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We’ve already heard from a couple of actors as well as fan choices about interest playing the new Batman in the reboot, but we can’t forget that with the return of the Caped Crusader has to come an all new Joker.

With Batman and Superman suiting up in the Man of Steel sequel it’s currently thought the Worlds’ Finest will be taking on Lex Luthor who teams with The Joker.

The movie is set for a 2015 release, which comes seven short years after Heath Ledger redefined the role in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight in 2008.

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Arguably the defining actor for the Joker was Latino heartthrob, Cesar Romero, who made sure he kept his iconic mustache, having the special effects crew plaster white make-up over his upper lip to cover it up which can be seen in some close-ups.

Now we hear from another Latino actor who seems really interested in playing the Joker – and no stranger to evil clowns – with John Leguizamo.

Leguizamo played the demon clown Violator, in the 1997 Spawn movie, and he also stars in the upcoming Kick-Ass 2 comic book movie where he tells Desde Hollywood he is definitely interested.

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“But hell yeah, I would do Batman,”  Leguizamo offers enthusiastically. “The Joker would be a blast!”

With the performance of Heath Ledger given during The Dark Knight considered one of the best showings for the Joker, why not go back to another of the best, but a bit updated, with another Latino behind the Man Who Laughs with John Leguizamo?

Superman/Batman, the sequel to Man of Steel, goes into production next year for a 2015 release starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the Man of Steel and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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