It was one of the biggest announcements to come out of San Diego Comic Con, and was really all Warner Bros. brought with them in an effort to unseat Marvel’s dominance of Hall H. Was it big enough? Watching video of the reveal would sure make you think so, but since then opinions have wavered on a Batman vs. Superman film (that’s still only a rumored title, by the way) being a good decision.
At their panel, Harry Lennix (Man of Steel‘s General Swanwick) read aloud an excerpt from Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns. It’s a pretty famous quote and comes from the climactic show down between an old and battered Bats and government thug Supes. Since then, fans have been in absolute tizzy! Jumping to conclusions this Batman vs. Superman flick would be, in some way, an adaptation of Miller’s classic. Which the recent news Miller is meeting with Man of Steel director Zack Snyder only fueled.
And the fuel for the fire only grows. Today, Batman on Film are reporting Warner Bros. is looking for an older actor to be the new Batman. Someone roughly in their 40s, a “grizzled veteran who has been on the job, if you will, for several years.” So, definitely no rookie, which I think is a smart move. Fans aren’t looking for another Batman Begins.
If this comes true then a lot of fan favorites casting choices – like John Hamm, Josh Brolin, Gerard Butler, etc. – begin looking a lot more likely. (Psst! If you haven’t already, check out our Top 10 list of who should be the next Batman.) And since Armie Hammer, the once Batman of that failed Justice League movie, has let everyone know he’s in no way interested, you can at least cross his name off the list.
What do you think of this development? Of course this is only more rumor since I don’t believe David S. Goyer have even finished the script, but maybe there have been some leaks hinting this is the direction he’s going. Will Batman vs. Superman be more like The Dark Knight Returns than we initially thought? Will it be enough to knock Marvel and Disney off their high horse?