‘Batman vs. Superman’ Casts Three New Characters

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batman vs superman holly hunter Batman vs. Superman Casts Three New Characters

There’s been plenty of discussion about Batman vs. Superman – officially known as the Man of Steel sequel and/or Zack Snyder’s Untitled Superman/Batman film right now – in recent months, following the casting announcement of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth. However, with no additional confirmed details or casting on the project since then, that discussion that begun to run in circles, with regard to arguments over Ben Affleck playing Batman, Gal Gadot playing Wonder Woman, David S. Goyer’s original script, and so forth.

Today, though, we can provide some new official casting news, instead of just continuing to stir the pot. Warner Bros. has confirmed three additions to the Batman vs. Superman cast, in the forms of Oscar-winner Holly Hunter, along with lesser-knowns Callan Mulvey and Tao Okamoto. Hunter is new to the world of mainstream comic book adaptations, though many know her as the voice of Elastigirl from Pixar’s animated superhero feature The Incredibles (as well as her many film roles and work on the TV show Saving Grace).

Mulvey, by comparison, played Greek warrior Scyllias in last month’s 300: Rise of an Empire (which Snyder co-wrote and produced), and portrays the character Jack Rollins in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the latest Marvel Studios release, while Okamoto was Hugh Jackman’s costar/sort-love interest Mariko in the most recent X-Men film to hit theaters, The Wolverine. Here is Snyder’s official statement, with regard to these new cast additions to his upcoming DC superhero feature:

“Holly has always been one of my favorite actresses; she has immense talent and is always captivating on screen.  I had an opportunity to meet her a while back and knew instantly that I had to work with her, so as we began writing the script I made sure to create a role specifically for her.

“I just had the good fortune to work with Callan on ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ and was very impressed with his incredible talent,” the director continued.  “He’s a fantastic actor and I’m looking forward to having the chance to work with him again.  And, quite simply, Tao is a striking presence whose beauty is aptly rivaled by her amazing abilities as an actress.  I’m really excited to have her joining us on this adventure.”

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Callan Mulvey and Tao Okamoto

Now, before anyone starts weaving elaborate theories about who these three people will be playing in Snyder’s next project, it needs to be mentioned that WB’s press release specifically states that their characters were all “newly created for the film.” Not that this will – or even necessarily should – prevent fans from considering the possibility that one or more of these new Batman vs. Superman characters will have a secret identity.

That said, it’s highly doubtful that such is the case. There have been situations like that in past DC movies – see when Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard were cast as “new characters” for The Dark Knight Rises – but, in those instances, the star power of the actors brought onboard was a giveaway that something fishy was going on. Mulvey and Okamato, while they’ve done fine in supporting roles, are not in the midst of a boom in popularity (yet), while Hunter seems more likely a fit for a down-to-earth role (though, you never know…).

Regardless, these casting additions do nothing if not stoke our interest in finding out just what exactly Snyder is cooking up for Batman vs. Superman, especially now that Goyer’s initial script draft is getting a rewrite by Oscar-winning screenwriter Chris Terrio (Argo). Feel free to speculate about the latest cast additions as you like, in the comments section.

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Batman vs. Superman is currently scheduled to open in U.S. theaters on May 6th, 2016.

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    • +1 Very well said, I agree a lot with your comment.

    • “To many flippant lines meant to invoke a laugh and they do among the the youth and female gender.”

      Am I to take this to mean that because I am a lady that I have no idea and/or interest in what I’m watching because girls do not read comics and therefore are only there at the behest of their male significant other? So the jokes are thrown in so our eyes don’t glaze over in boredom and want to go watch a real movie…like The Notebook?

      • Oh please. I am a woman, comic book enthusiast (as well as gamer) and I didn’t get offended by this comment. A lot of women who went to see MoS (and Thor mind you) just went for the eye candy. It seems quite a few were upset because it didn’t focus on the love story between Lois and Clark/Superman. I believe that girls like us are a minority. We are, as I have been called before, a rare breed. Oh, and btw, I love my comic book movies, my manly action flicks, my video games, but am still a sucker for rom-coms, and in the case of The Notebook…dramatic love stories. I just would rather spend money to see movies like MoS in the theatre.

      • Notebook a real movie?
        A side effect of feminism in work here

    • I like you post very much. I prefer that DC movies have a darker tone and more realism as much as possible. The Dark Knight movies and Man of Steel should be looked at as cinematic epic films. Marvel is too funny for me with one liners and off the wall jokes. WB/DC should stick with their formula of gritty and darker movies!

    • You wonder why we can’t all get along, then casually drop a silly generalization like “To many flippant lines meant to invoke a laugh and they do among the the youth and female gender.”. First, it’s “too many”. If you’re going to make negative insinuations about other peoples’ intelligence and/or maturity at least have the decency to use proper grammar while doing it.

      I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, and smart-ass remarks and bantering back and forth was a commonly used device, from Lethal Weapon to Star Wars to Indiana Jones to Die Hard. It didn’t make the tone of the movies less serious, it often made the movies themselves more enjoyable and accessible and sometimes just made them less needlessly pretentious… but it certainly didn’t make them “colorful, light and campy”. Just like a few witty exchanges and one-liners don’t make the MCU campy… it kinda shows those of you complaining about it to be pretty humorless yourselves.

      Which explains a lot. More than you know, in fact.

      In addition, it’s like the hardcore fanbase of the dark and/or ultra-serious CBMs don’t understand what a monopoly they’ve had on their tone of choice. Since the first Batman and Superman quadrilogies, we’ve had the Blade trilogy, Nolan’s Dark Knight, Man of Steel, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Sin City, 300, Dredd, Daredevil, 2 Ghost Riders, 3 Punishers, Dredd, 4 Crows, 6, soon to be 7 X-Men (X-stories are always serious, as well as allegories for segregation and racism, definitely not “campy” subjects). If you want more even storytelling with a touch of humor there’s the MCU, the original 2 FF movies, ASM and GL. /groan Hellboy is closer to horror/fantasy and Raimi’s Spider-Man was melodramatic super hero soap.

      There just haven’t been many options if you weren’t into overly-serious stories about comic book super heroes, and it’s why I think Marvel is also more likely to survive a saturated CBM market: because they are providing quality entertainment in a way that differs dramatically from their competitors. If that above list didn’t make it obvious, being dark and serious does not guarantee a good movie either, a statement which I would also apply to MoS. It “wasn’t as popular as the Marvel movies” because being dark and serious didn’t magically make it good, and those Marvel movies were largely much better AND more entertaining overall, even though MoS had the overwhelming advantage in people knowing the character.

      Frankly, I’d consider every MCU movie, even the couple I don’t particularly like, to have more rewatch value than either MoS or DKR, both of which I just find joyless to the point of blandness. The darkness and seriousness just brought out the flaws in the plot and characters, instead of helping conceal them. It obviously has the opposite effect on those who prefer that tone of story.

        • That was just sarcasm based on what I took the quoted text to mean.

    • I agree 100%

  1. I’m stil about that Wonder Woman April fool’s joke!
    I wanna see Wonder Woman and Black Widow solos come out in the same summer. Gal Gedot & Scar Jo for 120 mins!?

  2. I think they’ll play supporting characters

    Holly Hunter – Possibly Hippolyta
    Callan Mulvey – Main villain? Or a villain for Batman
    Tao Okamoto – A villain too for Wonder Woman. Or a character that might stem a new film, like Zatanna the movie. If so, she could play Madame Xanadu in MOS 2.

  3. I wish these are just minor role casting.
    Movie is crowded as it is.
    Man of steel didn’t flesh out Superman’s world ie. Daily Planet stuff so this movie will have to do that with Perry white, Jenny, Clark/Lois.
    + It has to introduce a new batman [ who will be compared to Bale instantly] and so has to stand out. Even Batman’s world will need to be developed a little
    + Wonder woman
    MOS had a huge problem wrt character development. I just hope Affleck gives some directorial input to Snyder coz Snyder isnt the best guy for character driven dramas which this seems to be aiming for.

  4. It would be nice if we could get something…. ANYTHING, that is really news about this film. Don’t get me wrong, the actors described here are solid choices, but I grow tired of the non-news. How about a title? A pic or two from the filming so far? Is that too much to ask? Oh, wait, the paps would rather snap celebrity boobs. My mistake.

  5. My lazy guesses:-

    Holly Hunter = Vicki Vale
    Callan Mulvey = Aquaman
    Tao Okamoto = Lady Shiva

  6. I am now convinced that This is the Justice League movie being filmed.

    DC/WB are rewriting the rules to creating a superhero universe. Who says they have to follow Marvel’s lead by giving each character a solo film first? Fans are way past those types of introductions which can take years. This is becoming one of the biggest secrets in film history, but they can’t keep it for long. At some point, they will announce that the movie being filmed in Detroit is NOT the MoS sequel, but it is indeed the Justice League.

    You heard it hear first!

    • This is almost certainly a Justice League film – why make a MoS ‘sequel’ with still no title and multiple characters and which is delayed until 2016 by which time the Avengers sequel would have been done? No, this is not MoS 2 but…

      THE JUSTICE LEAGUE

  7. Outlandish as it is but maybe Callan Mulvey is actually Lex Luthor revealed later on and Jesse Eisenberg is just the face, just like IM3 with Ben Kingsley’s ‘Mandarin’.

    Now nobody would see that coming!

  8. Holly Hunter as Martha Wayne or Vicki Vale.
    Callan Mulvey as Thomas Wayne or young Alfred Pennyworth.
    Tao Okamoto as Talia Al-Ghul or a female Joker.

  9. MAYBE HOLLY HUNTER WILL PLAY CAT GRANT AND Callan Mulvey WILL PLAY AQUAMAN SETTING UP FOR A SOLO AQUAMAN MOVIE
    Tao Okamoto AS THALIA AL GAUL OR MAYBE LADY SHIVA .
    WHY CANTS THEY CAST AND IAM VERY SERIOUS OK : CODY SIMPSON AS BARRY ALLEN/ THE FLASH AND THEY CAN CAST STEVEN MCQUEEN AS DICK GRAYSON/NIGHTWING AND THE ROCK AS MARTIAN MANHUNTER,
    I DO NOT WANT TO SEE CYBORG IN THE DC CINEMATIC UNIVERSE AS I WANT HIM TO STAY WITH THE TITIANS MAYBE A CAMEO OF AUSTIN MAHONE AS TIM DRAKE/ROBIN WILL BE VERY COOL :)

  10. PLEASE ZACH SYNDER CASTS CODY SIMPSON AS THE FLASH/ BARRY ALLEN

  11. Mulvey is Steve Trevor

  12. So I think tao may be Chesire. As a world renown assasin luthor may hire her to take down superman and batman may intervein as they are fighting. Or maybe even mercy graves as rumors were circulating back in november that she was a possible addition.

    As for callan I think he could be metallo, atomic skull, parasite, or perhaps a younger deathstrok? As for filler maybe steve trevor?

    Still say hunter is amazon queen.

    Looking foward to the fact film begins production in a matter of weeks if not days! Hopefully some leaked photos sometime in near future…