DC Despatches: Batman vs Superman, Wonder Woman & Arrow

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

This week: Arrow calls time, Conan may join Batman & Superman, Man of Steel drafts in a re-write, and no Wonder Woman movie on the horizon 🙁

Man of Steel 2: Game Of Thrones and Conan The Barbarian‘s Jason Momoa is in talks to star in Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel 2, potentially to play the role of Doomsday, or possibly the Martian Manhunter. If the latter casting does happen, Momoa would join Gal Gadot’s recently cast Wonder Woman, as well as Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman. Given the number of heroes already featuring in the film, is Synder hiding Justice League behind the Batman vs Superman moniker?

And more on that, David S Goyer’s script for Zack Snyder’s Batman Vs Superman is getting reworked by Chris Terrio, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Ben Affleck’s Argo. It’s an interesting move to add such a close Affleck collaborator to influence the direction of Man Of Steel 2, in tandem with David S Goyer, so key to the DC Comics movieverse due to his writing Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Man Of Steel – is Man of Steel 2 to be more Batman-centric than Superman? You have to think that now that Nolan’s reign is over, Warner will do anything to protect their hottest DC property…

Finally, whilst we know the holy trinity of heroes, the rumour mill is still running amok when it comes to the villain. The latest name in the hat is Joaquin Phoenix, to play Lex Luthor, but negotiations are still said to be in the early stages, and it’s not clear if Phoenix would accept the role even if he was offered it.

Arrow: The CW’s Arrow continues to go from strength to strength, not only due to keen writing and a very capable cast, but it’s ability to bring DC lore characters to believable life. The latest is that Heroes and Stargate Universe star Robert Knepper will appear in the 2nd half of season 2 as classic DC Comics villain Clock King. Usually labelled as a Dark Knight villain (due to his roles in Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: The Brave And The Bold, and the 1966 Batman TV series, the Clock King’s first actual appearance was in World’s Finest Comics #111 (August 1960) battling the Green Arrow. Armed with clock-styled weaponry, other incarnations of the Clock King have had limited precognition, and although Arrow has done its damnest to stay rooted in the real world (a la Nolan’s Dark Knight), all bets are off following Barry Allen’s brush with a particle accelerator last week…

And speaking of support characters, check out Caity Lotz’ Black Canary in this behind the scenes clip from Arrow Season 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIAyOkQhUb4&feature=player_embedded

Wonder Woman: Sadly, although we have the much welcomed addition of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman to the cast of Zack Snyder’s heavyweight Man Of Steel 2: Batman Vs Superman, producer Wesley Coller has revealed that there are no plans for a standalone film for the DC Comics superhero(ine). “We’re super excited to have her in the film,” Coller said, “It will be a ton of fun, but at the same time, we’ve got to stay focused on the film we’re working on now.” “[My daughter’s] favourite book is this little Wonder Woman flip book,” he said. “It has the lasso, the invisible plane, the bracelets – every page has an image she’s just in awe with. And something that’s become a reality, being a dad with a new daughter, is that I have a special place in my heart for the idea of a strong, empowered female superhero being out there.”

Wrong, WRONG, WRONG! Making the right Wonder Woman film will be as hard as getting Superman correct, but they are never going to overcome the challenge of making the right Wonder Woman film if they keep ducking the issue altogether…

Sources: Digital Spy, THR, The Hollywood Reporter,  M Live, Variety
GS Reporter: SilverFox

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