Thanks to a year-long release date delay, it’s almost exhausting to now talk about Batman vs. Superman – or Superman-Batman, Batman/Superman, “Untitled Superman-Batman Project,” Man of Steel 2 or whatever it is we’re calling it before somebody announces something official – especially with the knowledge that this conversation will now be lasting another two years. But here we are.
Today we at least have something a little more solid to report than the recent trend of wild character and casting rumors that sites all got from differing “inside sources” who can’t all be correct in what they’re saying. In that context, “a little more solid” means hearing praise from one of the stars’ wife, as well as an echo of an old casting rumor – albeit from a much more solid source.
Jennifer Garner (wife of Ben Affleck) was attending the 2014 SAG Awards when she was
accosted approached by ET‘s Rocsi Diaz, who managed to broach the subject of the new Batman costume in just the classiest way possible. See for yourself (it’s just the first 33 seconds of video):
You stay classy, ET.
So far, we’ve heard rumor that the BatAffleck version of the costume will adhere to the designs of artists Alex Ross, with a classic grey-on-black spandex or padded color scheme. Kevin Smith has also seen the new suit, and said the following:
“You have not seen this costume on film before. For a comic book fan, it was mind-bending… Because every other movie does this Matrix-y black armor thing…There wasn’t a single nipple on this suit. I think everyone is just gonna be like ‘Holy S**t!’ It’s its own thing. We haven’t been down this path before. Even the hardest core [most skeptical] person will be like ‘Alright, I’m ready.’…It seemed like it was very [Redacted] influenced.”
Garner’s comments basically corroborate that yes, it’s awesome, while also adding the insight that it’s tight. Take that how you will.
If “Alex Ross” is indeed the name that Smith has in his redacted section of the quote above, then Ben Affleck’s Batman will be sporting a throwback costume not yet seen on film – begging the question of whether or not the confirmed Superman suit re-design will also be headed in a more classical direction. We’ll see.
In their report about the Batman vs. Superman release date delay, Variety claimed to have inside sources telling them that Joaquin Phoenix (Her) is still very much up for the role of Lex Luthor in the film. In fact, “ball in his court” was the idiom referenced to explain the current situation.
When Variety dropped the first Phoenix casting rumor late last year, fans were instantly intrigued by the notion that it was Lex he was playing. Despite the antics surrounding his 2010 mockumentary, I’m Still Here, Joaquin Phoenix has come back and proven his acting prowess with standout performances in The Master and Her. The actor seemed to inspire hopes of a much more layered and complex Lex, rather than the hammy megalomania that actors like Gene Hackman or Kevin Spacey brought to the role – an approach that people seemed to expect from the other Lex casting favorite, Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston (i.e., that old “Walter White/Heisenberg rountine”).
Personally speaking, the necessary switch between corporate tycoon – possible political shark – and evil genius is something that I would entrust to no one less than Joaquin Phoenix. I can see him in a board room matching wits and veiled threats with Bruce Wayne; I can see him staring down Superman in a public form, or trying to break his neck in a rabid superpowered third-act battle. I also see in Phoenix the necessary components of Lex – the smugness, psychotic indifference, god-complex mania, and most importantly, total conviction that he is mankind’s savior against “The alien.”
That’s all to say: I want this rumor to be true – do you?
Batman vs. Superman will be in theaters on May 6, 2016.