Before Warner Bros. announced that it was to bring together DC’s two most iconic superheroes for Superman vs Batman, a rumour emerged tipping Mark Strong (Kick-Ass, Green Lantern) for the role of Lex Luthor in the Man of Steel sequel. Now the British actor has hinted that their could be some truth in the speculation, with Strong stating “all I can say is… watch this space” when asked by Digital Spy whether their was any truth in the reports that the could be set to play Superman’s arch-nemesis.
Strong is not the only actor to have been tipped to play the billionaire industrialist, with Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, Silver Linings Playbook) touted as a potential candidate prior to the release of Man of Steel, and Bryan Cranston’s (Breaking Bad, Argo) name also being brought up in recent days. Of course, we don’t even have official confirmation that Luthor will feature in the movie, but considering there were several references to LexCorp in Man of Steel, it would seem likely that Superman will find himself going up against the criminal genius when the film arrives in cinemas in 2015 (especially if the Wayne Enterprises logo is any indication.
Superman vs Batman will reunite Man of Steel director Zack Snyder, screenwriter David S. Goyer and stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Laurence Fishburne (Perry White). Meanwhile the list of alleged candidates for the rebooted Batman include Josh Brolin (Oldboy), Ryan Gosling (Only God Forgives), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Max Martini (Pacific Rim), Matthew Goode (Watchmen), Josh Duhamel (Transformers), Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes), Gerard Butler (300), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Brad Pitt (World War Z), Ben Affleck (Argo), Jim Caviezel (Person of Interest) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen).
Start your drooling, fanboys and fangirls, and get ready for lots of Batarangs and heat vision. Batman and Superman will soon be teaming up on a big screen near you.
At a Warner Bros. panel at Comic-Con Saturday, the studio announced that Henry Cavill, the star of this summer’s Man of Steel, will reprise the role of Superman in a sequel that will also feature Batman.
Man of Steel director Zack Snyder will act in the same capacity for the follow-up, expected in 2015.
No casting for Batman was mentioned but Snyder teased that the Gotham City hero’s relationship with Superman in Frank Miller’s seminal 1980s comic The Dark Knight Returns will inform aspects of Man of Steel 2.
Over in our DC Universe PVC Dolls and Statues category, you can find the above item from the new line of DC Direct figures based on the upcoming MMORPG, DC Universe Online. Bringing together heroes and villains of the DCU while doing the same with players around the world, the game is sure to be a hit and it’s no surprise that they’re already sending the figures out into the world, ready to be pre-ordered.
Black Canary can be ordered now and will begin shipping in June 2011. She will be joining the December and January arrivals (Batman, Catwoman, Superman and Green Lantern) along with another familiar face, The Flash.
Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Superman Red, Zoom and The Atom make up the third series of the Justice League of America: CLASSIFIED collection. They join the likes of Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and Martian Manhunter. It’s a great 6-inch collection that brings together some truly classic characters and, beyond that, features the smooth sculpting and comic-styled design that have been the hallmarks of DC’s figures in the last couple of years.
Also from DC, you can now pre-order December’s 10-figure Kubrick collection! Celebrating the last month of DC’s 75th Anniversary Year, it brings together a bunch of Batmen and a few of his allies and enemies in one awesome set.
Batman (comics-style): NEW DECO!
Superman (Superman Returns movie)
Batgirl (animated-style): NEW DECO!
The Joker (The Dark Knight movie): NEW DECO! NEW ACCESSORY!
Batman (animated-style): NEW DECO!
Batman (The Dark Knight movie)
Batman (Batman movie 1989): NEW DECO!
Robin (animated-style): NEW DECO!
Catwoman (Batman Returns movie)
Harley Quinn (animated-style): NEW DECO!
Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman and Green Lantern make up this new series of JUSTICE LEAGUE figures entitled the JUSTICE LEAGE CLASSIC ICONS. Taking the best and brightest from the Justice League, DC Direct has rendered them here as brilliant 7-inch figures with elegant display bases that make them an excellent addition to any collector’s toyshelf! They’ll be out in May 2011, just in time for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! But you can pre-order right now!
SET OF ALL 4
There are some new JLA Classified figures headed our way and available for pre-order now. Check out the 6-inch renderings of Green Lantern, Superman Red, The Atom and Zoom over at Cmdstore.com. It’s worth checking out for any DC Fans seeking the perfect figure to complete their character collection.
And in another stroke of good luck for fans, I was checking out Kotaku (again) when I caught sight of a headline boasting SCREENS FROM AN UNRELEASED JUSTICE LEAGE VIDEO GAME! Check this out:
Is DC Comics’ Justice League getting a video game adaptation to go along with the George Miller directed, big budget feature film?
While the big screen version of Justice League may be experiencing a bumpy ride in its trip to theatres, it appears, based on a batch of screen shots sent our way by an anonymous tipster, that the video game is already in production. While the majority of the shots feature game environments, logos for characters like Batman and Wonder Woman can be seen in some. The Flash and what appears to be Wonder Woman appear in others.
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New arrival over in our DC Comics section: Series 2 of the 6-inch figures from DC Direct’s Justice League of America line. Batgirl, Blue Superman, Green Lantern and the bearded Aquaman (of the future!) make up this new foursome, available as a set or individually. They join the likes of the Flash, Wonder Woman, Batman and Martian Manhunter in this collection, which is made up of reissues and repaints of the most successful Justice League figures ever made.