Will Oscar winner Jared Leto's Joker from the film version of DC Entertainment's "Suicide Squad" comic book appear in Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"?
DOJ will see the return of Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck will play Bruce Wayne/Batman amid lots of fallout--while Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane are set to reprise their roles as Lois Lane, Perry White and Martha Kent. "Fast Five" star Gal Gadot's playing Wonder Woman. Jason Momoa has been cast as Aquaman,
POTENTIAL MINOR SPOILER AHEAD
reports that a flashback scene was recently added to Batman v
Superman which will see Leto's Joker beating
Batman's sidekick Jason Todd (the second Robin) to death.
The recent DOJ Trailer included a Robin memorial display case which would suggest those events depicted in the comics storyline A Death in the Family already happened and would add credence to the rumors that the studio wants to see the Red Hood villain on screen sometime in the near future.
The sequence is being shot as "Suicide Squad" goes into production in Toronto.
Speaking of The Joker, JoBlo reports that The Joker's actual look in the film will be slightly different from the photo released the other day:
"He's missing scars (which we reported on a while back as
mementos from his history with Batman) and the grill/teeth are a kind
of WTF addition to the image. Our source elaborates that he's scarred on
his back and arms and his skin is definitely whiter than what we see
below. The tattoos are brand new if even real, and may have been added
to cover up the areas where his scars will be."
Meantime Cavill and Armie Hammer attended CinemaCon last week to promote
"The Man from U.N.C.L.E.". Speaking with MTV, Cavill was asked if he'd seen any of BvS:
"I've only seen a little bit of ADR stuff, but that's it,
and that wasn't even in color… I'm hoping to see it some time this
year, for a friends and family screening or something. But I really know
nothing about what the finished product looks like. I wouldn't call
this a Superman sequel. This is Batman vs. Superman, so it's a separate
entity altogether. It's introducing the Batman character, and expanding
upon this universe, which was kicked off by Man of Steel. It's an
introduction to the character, and ultimately an introduction to Justice
The death of Thomas and Martha Wayne will be part of the narrative with "Watchmen" actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan said to be playing Thomas.
Ray Fisher is playing the role of Cyborg in the film. Jeremy Irons has been cast as Wayne's butler Alfred Pennyworth. Jesse Eisenberg is playing Lex Luthor
There were reports that suggested that the chatter about former "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston was playing Lex in the upcoming movie were true were denied by the actor. In fact he and fellow early frontrunner Mark Strong were never offered the role. Tom Hanks was internally discussed but an offer was never made.
Instead, they stuck with a next generation' mandate. We were told that Joaquin Phoenix came up as a contender for Lex. The trade says that he passed.
Latino Review reports that four secondary villains are making an appearance in DOJ: Victor Zsasz Morgan Edge Amanda Waller and David Cain.
to their sources, the serial killer Zsasz will fight with
Affleck's Batman in an early Gotham City-set scene. Edge will be the
slimy public relations head of LexCorp
who goes toe to toe with Lois Lane on a TV talk show. Cain
will meet with Luthor's bodyguard Mercy to set up an
assassination. There's also another baddie that is yet to be
cast . In this incarnation Waller's a stern, intimidating senator
who sees Superman as a threat and comes up with a counter
measure to stop him.
Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey and Tao Okamoto ("The Wolverine") have joined the cast. Specifics about their new characters are being kept under wraps. Australian actor Mulvey (Zero Dark Thirty ," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier") has been rumored for the role of an (unnamed) villain in the film for quite some time now....TMZ said that he is playing Batman's greatest foe --The Joker.....Scoot McNairy ("Argo," "The Rover") has joined the film. Nobody at the studio will confirm the news or reveal what the role is.
Spanish site El Multicine which claims that "Looper"and "Edge Of Tomorrow" actress Emily Blunt inked a deal for an unspecified role.
Batman on Film also suggests that the character of Commissioner Jim Gordon
is in the film, however there's no word on potential casting or
confirmation at this time. The character is front and center
in Fox Broadcasting's fantastic new Fall TV Series prequel Gotham starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, and Jada Pinkett Smith
More rumors ran that Girls co-star Adam Driver was the frontrunner to play the character of Dick Grayson, the post-Robin Nightwing incarnation in the film. The original story mentioned that two other actors are in the mix for the role. Less than 24 hours later "Gossip Girl" and "Easy A" star Penn Badgley and "The Perks of Being A Wallflower" and "We Need To Talk About Kevin" star Ezra Miller were said to be in mix for the part. Driver denied any such talk...With good reason since he was really up for Lex. He turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. Denzel Washington was also among a list potentials for Lex generated by Thinkmcflythink as were Idris Elba and Colin Salmon.
Last August Superhero Report posted a photo of actress Jena Malone meeting her "Sucker Punch" director on the set. This led to speculation that she may make a cameo in the film. At the time Malone denied that talk, saying her set visit was just a visit. Channel 10 WILX
in Michigan claims to have an anonymous film extra as a source who
says that Malone is in the film and she's playing a female Robin aka Carrie Kelley.
Singer Justin Bieber uploaded a photo on his Instagram account showing him holding up what appeared to be a personalized script for the film with the hashtag "#Robin" but it turned out to be a prop for a Funny or Die skit.
The speedster The Flash is said to be in the script.
Meantime: The star of The CW's popular Arrow TV series Stephen Amell posted a "Justice League" comic image on his official Facebook page. We already know that Flash (Grant Gustin) showed up there for a few eps before getting his own show (Watch an extended trailer). Could more of DC Entertainment's "Justice League" be coming to "Arrow"? The answer is yes...For now the DC Cinematic Universe will NOT co-exist with the TV heroics...There are rumors about where the films might go as well as the TV side of things...
"Man Of Steel" writer David S. Goyer was back on the keyboard but now--THR reports that Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for writing Affleck's “Argo,” has been hired to write the latest draft of the MOS 2 script.
Goyer is in the midst of developing several projects including an adaptation of author Neil Gaiman's popular comic book series Sandman, which he’ll produce with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven return to executive produce the multi-hero film.
Sources say the new movie is going for the tone of the relationship and fight seen in Frank Miller’s 1980s ground-breaking mini-series The Dark Knight Returns.
The DOJ release was delayed a full 10 months for a number of reasons.
As a result, the original release date of July 17th 2015 was
no longer. The studio then targeted a May 6th 2016 release.
They quickly inserted the fantasy Pan into that original slot. The sequel was to go head to head with "Captain America 3" ...Nobody thought that the comic book pics would ultimately share the date--Sure enough DOJ blinked--and will now open on March 25th 2016.
Once DOJ is completed Snyder will helm DC Entertainment's long planned Justice League movie The Justice League Part One--penned by "Argo" scribe Terrio