DC Despatches: Man of Steel 2: Batman vs Superman

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Whether it’s Warner Bros, The CW or the DC stable themselves, here are the world-wide mutterings!

This week: Man of Steel 2 gets her Wonder Woman, and who is the big villain in the sequel?

Man of Steel 2: Zero Dark Thirty and 300: Rise Of An Empire star Callan Mulvey is apparently in the running for the villain role in Zack Snyder’s Batman Vs Superman sequel. He doesn’t exactly fit the traditional image of the middle-age, bald Lex Luthor, but the younger Callan Mulvey could easily be a more youthful version of Superman’s nemesis that fits the tone of this DC movie universe. The alternative, however, is that Mulvey will do a Mark Ruffalo, Hulk-style, as the film’s other rumoured villain, Doomsday. Warner Bros producer and oft-leaker Daniel Alter revealed another titbit about Zack Snyder’s much anticipated Man Of Steel sequel – referred to in the interweb as Batman Vs Superman – suggesting that a classic 90s comic-book nemesis will be returning to challenge Superman. Doomsday first appeared in the ’92 Death of Superman storyline, and in the aftermath of his death, a number of other heroes emerged to fill the space he left…

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Previously it had been mooted that one of the ongoing plot points for the Man Of Steel series was to be other superheroes emerging inspired by Superman’s example. But if the rumours are true and Doomsday has entered the mix, possibly following the Death of Superman storyline, surely he can’t actually be killed off for this to happen – not with JLA also in the works?

Last month we reported that she was at the heart of rumours, but Fast And Furious star Gal Gadot has been officially confirmed as Amazonian heroine Wonder Woman in the Man Of Steel sequel. The role is believed to only be a cameo, but it sets up the character for future appearances in JLA, and possibly a standalone film. Snyder said, “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favourite in the DC Universe. “Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.” Now I am going to nip all the criticism of her being too skinny for the role, in the bud right now:

  • she’s Israeli – thus she had done her national service and could kick your a$$ right now
  • she trained in track events… she’ll probably end up doing most of her own stunts she’s so fit
  • who thought skinny Christian Bates as seen in The Mechanic, and is also a vegetarian, could bulk up as The Dark Knight?
  • they can do clever things with costume: there were concerns that Angelina Jolie would have all the necessary curves for Tomb Raider, and as bad as those films were, she certainly got the look and feel of Lara Croft perfectly – all through clever costuming

So cut Gal some slack, and give her a chance…

Sources: Variety,  Deadline
GS Reporter: SilverFox

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