Affleck’s deal, Lex Luthor cast, and an absence of Nolan.
Ever since Thursday’s announcement that Ben Affleck was going to be the new Batman, for some, things have got rather militant and more than a little silly.
Some ‘fans’ who still don’t even know the title of the film nor its plot nor its tone have decided that the whole project will suck and are threatening to boycott the movie in a fit of fabulously excessive pique. We are guessing that when the film is released, those same people will still be first in the queue.
Some over-zealous and slightly unhinged individuals have even started an online White House petition to have Affleck removed from Man Of Steel 2. Barack Obama is of course dropping delicate UN negotiations over Syria immediately in order to deal with this crucial and pressing issue…
Affleck has reportedly signed a six film deal to cover any potential sequels and spin-offs that Man Of Steel 2 may inspire, as well as the planned Justice League movie that Affleck may yet direct.
Another actor who has apparently also signed a multi-film deal is Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston- who most sources agree will be officially announced as Lex Luthor later this week.
As one of the greatest series in the history of television draws to a close, it’s easy to see why the filmmakers would have chosen Cranston. As Walter White, his chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin has descended from a genial educator into a terrifying monster who has done things even Lex Luthor might balk at. Plus he gives good bald. If he is indeed the producers’ choice, he’s an excellent one.
Other noteworthy Bat-news concerns Christopher Nolan.
In all the excitement about Thursday’s news, it took a while to realise that the very detailed press release regarding Batman vs Superman did not contain the names of either Christopher Nolan, nor his wife and producing partner Emma Thomas. It had originally been assumed that they would both be involved as Executive Producers, as they were on Man Of Steel. However, their absence is notable and is bound to raise questions.
Was Nolan unhappy with elements of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, as had been rumoured? Does he disagree with the whole notion of Batman vs Superman? Does he not support the casting of Affleck? Or is he simply ready to move on from superhero franchises?
His new film Interstellar has begun production so perhaps he feels his focus on that must be absolute. Or perhaps it was just a shocking oversight by someone in Warner Bros PR department, though we somehow doubt that.
Perhaps more will become clear in the next few weeks. Though we doubt that too.
The Man of Steel sequel that probably won’t be called Batman vs Superman will be released in 2015.