‘Batman V Superman’: Emily Blunt Being Eyed For Catwoman?

Published 4 months ago by , Updated June 5th, 2014 at 7:37 am,

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Just when it seemed like director Zack Snyder had more than enough characters filling out his Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, the most recent rumors imply that he could be adding yet another actress in a substantial role – if not in this particular film, then the ever-expanding DC movie universe. Currently preparing for the opening weekend of her action-packed, rumors that Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow) is being courted for a role in the film is less than shocking. But an actress of her caliber doesn’t seem the right fir for a bit part, so we have to wonder: could Zack Snyder be searching for his Catwoman? And if that’s the case, is it a wise move for the series going forward, regardless of who is cast?

There’s no doubt that the mere thought of Batman’s iconic love interest/ally/nemesis being added to the cast of Dawn of Justice will have some eyes rolling; the film has already grown from a Man of Steel sequel to include Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), and more. But regardless of how large a cast you may be handling, it’s rare for any director to turn away the chance to include someone with Blunt’s credentials – and in the world of Batman, a feline femme fatale is never too far from the action.

To reiterate: the rumors of Blunt being “in talks” with Warner Bros. for the film are still pure conjecture, so this is all speculation and spit-balling on our part. It makes sense to see her name put forward though, as Blunt is on the rise, attracting attention with dramatic, comedic, and now physical roles. Marvel has made more than one attempt to attach her to a superhero property, as we now know why she turned down a role in Captain America, later to be in the running for the role of Black Widow, and most recently rumored to be targeted to bring Ms. Marvel to life as part of Marvel’s cosmic universe.

Given the evidence, it would seem that Blunt’s casting in a superhero film is simply bound to happen sooner or later – a fact certainly not lost on Warner Bros..

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Now that we’re just days away from Blunt and co-star Tom Cruise taking on the box office in Warner Bros.’ sci-fi action blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow, and with Marvel chomping at the bit to find a spot for her in their stable of stars, it makes sense that Blunt being recruited for WB’s next superhero franchise should be discussed. The problem, though, is that a small role in an already well-established ensemble cast doesn’t seem to be the ideal course for capitalizing on Blunt’s rising star.

The question, then, is whether Zack Snyder has any room left for an actress of her experience this close to production (whether or not he’s intending to film two movies back-to-back, as rumored). To answer that means examining just what Dawn of Justice is seeking to accomplish. Comic book writer/superfan Kevin Smith has offered his opinion that WB is thinking long term, crafting a five-to-six film story built on all members of the Justice League; with DoJ, introduce Batman and Wonder Woman and merely tease other characters to come (Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, for example).

For the record, this isn’t the first time Blunt has been mentioned in regards to a WB superhero film, as past rumors suggested that she had passed on Captain America to potentially play Catwoman in Chritopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. The role went to the similarly-acclaimed Anne Hathaway; but could Snyder consider giving Blunt a second shot (as he did with his Superman, Henry Cavill)?

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At this point that we would remind readers of another actress who was, at one time, considered a frontrunner for the mysterious “leading woman” role in Dawn of Justice: Jaimie Alexander (Thor: The Dark World). Long considered a fan favorite to bring Wonder Woman to life, it was Alexander herself who confirmed that she had been having “conversations” with Warner Bros. about Batman V Superman. Given the actress’ stance on Wonder Woman (and experience as Lady Sif, herself a godlike heroine) it was assumed Diana of the Amazons was the subject of conversation until Gal Gadot nabbed the part.

It seemed odd at the time for one of Marvel’s heroes to openly confirm they had been discussing a role as iconic as Wonder Woman; but what if the role were actually a much smaller one, intended to be brief appearance with potential for more screen time down the road? Again, that is purely our speculation, but it certainly seems like the kind of discussion that an actress as experienced as Alexander would be willing to admit. And a role uncertain enough to keep her firmly placed in Marvel’s camp.

Whether or not Snyder placed the role on the cutting room floor as he prepared to launch the rest of the Justice League universe, could there really be room or reason to include Catwoman in an already-packed cast?

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We would immediately assume that were Selina Kyle a.k.a. ‘Catwoman’ to appear in Dawn of Justice, it would most likely be in her public identity, as a regular among Gotham City’s night owls. It’s still unclear if Warner Bros. or Snyder intend to spin off Affleck’s Batman into solo films (with the actor possibly also directing), or keep the Justice League franchise as the main event.

However, rumors have suggested that Holly Hunter may be playing a minor Batman character with knowledge of Bruce Wayne’s dual identities, so Selina Kyle teased as an old friend or love interest – in or out of the Batsuit – would fit with the older version of the hero.

Even if the character is meant to play a larger role in bringing the new take on the Dark Knight to life, there is no doubt Emily Blunt would be up to the task. Her past roles may not have cast her as fearless or deadly, but her turn in Edge of Tomorrow has changed all that. With both the screen presence (and physique) needed to make the character more than just a titillating femme fatale, we would say if Warner Bros. is in talks, then they’re making a wise move.

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It may also be wise to include a character who is every bit as famous as Dawn of Justice‘s leads, yet willingly removed from the battle of morals and world-ending supervillains the franchise will presumably feature. Obviously, keeping Selina Kyle to the fringes of the main Dawn of Justice story will help keep the plot focused on the Herculean task of launching Justice League, but it could also warm audiences up to the idea that not everyone in DC’s movie universe has to be interested in their colleagues’ personal battles. Some just have to worry about their next theft or cocktail party.

It’s impossible to tell when all of these discussions and rumors will be completely confirmed or dismissed. Again, it becomes clear that Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer’s plans for the future of DC Comics on film is still a complete mystery. But if the studio continues to add Academy Award-winning talent to their roster, seeing names like Blunt bandied about may become commonplace – and that is good news for comic fans everywhere.

What do you make of all the recent rumors and reports? Do you think there’s a chance that Snyder could be filling Dawn of Justice with even more signs of things to come, or does it all seem too hard to believe? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and let us know what you make of our own theory.

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More: What to Expect From Batman V Superman’s Wonder Woman

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Batman vs. Superman is scheduled for May 6, 2016.

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  1. If she is Catwoman, great news! Although I thought Eva Green is perfect casting as Catwoman. Snyder & Co. sure are putting a hell of a lot of apples in one basket. Unless all of these additions are gonna make one big button scene at the end of the film.

    • The way this is going, the whole movie is nothing but a huge “button” scene for another 5 movies. By just stating every character’s name, plus the 2-4 minute presentation (thinking they are like rhino form TASM2), at he rate this is going the movie will be 50% of that, 30% of set pieces of action scenes and maybe 10% of dialogue. Batman & Robin part deux here we come!!!

    • She would make an awesome Catwoman. So would Eva Green She could portray a really maniacal Cheetah or heck play Morgan Le Fay? Remember her? She could tie it in with the also rumored Justice League Dark. I don’t know maybe we’re all just speculating cuz at this point she can play literally any DC character.

      • Morgan Le Fay! I forgot about that one. Speculation is horrible because now I have my hopes up for her to be in the movie.

  2. No to the character being included.

    • agreed. considering this movie is a justice league precursor, i dont see how catwoman’s inclusion would make sense. how big a part could she have when titans like wonder woman, cyborb, lex, superman, batman, aquaman, etc are already there.

      • Exactly. There is no sense in having Selina Kyle tie in. Also, Hathaway did such a great job, I don’t want to think of anyone else in the role for a while.

    • Agreed. No to Catwoman, but say “yeeeee-eeessssssssss” (with jazz hands) to Emily Blunt! ;)

  3. Looking forward to this batman movie

  4. Blunt could be in talks to be my girlfriend! And she could bring Jamie Alexander with her!

    • No good sir she in talks to be my gf lol

      • Sorry, BB, all talk and no action by your crib! They’ve already moved in here!!!

  5. I thought this is debunked already?
    http://batman-news.com/2014/06/04/emily-blunt-batman-v-superman-dawn-justice-rumor/

    Personally I would love to see Blunt as Carol Danvers/Ms Marvel instead of Selina Kyle. She looks awesome with blonde hair, and Edge of Tomorrow showed she works just fine as a tough woman. Plus, the reason she didn’t become Black Widow in Iron Man 2was because of scheduling conflict, not because she declined.

  6. I am not interested in Catwoman being in this film, nor do I think that Blunt matches the character. Maybe Charlize Theron, etc. We do not need a Catwoman right now, or any other supporting Batman characters, in my opinion. They’ve had their screen time.

    However, I would like to see Blunt as something in one of these films, perhaps Hawkgirl or Lana Lang, or even Carol Ferris if the “Carrie” character in Man of Steel is not continued (although I hope that she is).

    • Someone posted that Blunt isn’t into comicbook films, but i hope she changed her mind and these rumors are true, she can pull off the strong,hot, lead female role naturally in my opinion.

    • Wont mind if she is Lana, one of my fav Supes supporting character, and after a Red-head Lana, and a Raven-haired Lana, I think a Blonde Lana is next, but didn’t that Teenage girl in MoS had Black hair, or were they Brunette.

  7. Honestly….just no….I really want this to be a good movie and I would be all for blunt playing a catwoman in a standalone batman trilogy , but not in this. At this point if she’s in talks , then make her a character to be introduced in either a justice league movie or a minor non super hero role. Can they please just work on perfecting a script that’s supposed to inroduce not only batman but wonder woman, lex luthor, along with continuing the superman canon.

    Ugh I am getting more afraid w every rumor that this is going to reach ASM2 status. Too thin of a script because it’s getting pulled all over the place by different subplots and character introductions.

    • How did you know that this is going to be a bad movie with all the new characters being added? I’ll judge it after I see it.

      • Hmmm funny because I don’t remember ever saying that it WAS GOING to be a bad movie, but that I AM AFRAID that it is going to be a bad movie. But hey I guess actually reading the comments are overrated

  8. Can she be in B v S? I know she has to work on sicario a film coming 2015 i believe but I’m not sure if there could be conflicts in scheduling.

  9. Oh yeah.

  10. Is this one of those articles that are pointless but great for hits?

    • +1

    • Yeah it seems that way. A whole article about a rumor that Blunt might play Catwoman in BvS but it appears that this ‘rumor’ is nothing more than a random thought that the author had. I’ve enjoyed reading about that possible castings for this film, but this article is the epitomy of pointless.

  11. WOW, with all these castings and characters being added, even though some are still just rumors, DC is really taking it seriously when they said that they will “explode the DC universe”. That seems to be what Zack and DC are doing exactly right now. It’s like the “big bang” theory haha, after the bang, space just keeps on expanding and expanding.

  12. I would suggest she would be more of a role for Kara than catwoman. We should not forget about the missing person in the pod of the spacecraft Clark found in MOS. Just by looking at the photo of her above looks just like Kara who played in Smallville (Laura Vandervoort).

  13. Too many characters at this point. Let’s do Superman 2 then spring into Justice League. Plenty of villains that a Superman stand alone movie could support. DC is just finally panicking that Marvel is kicking their tail.

  14. I’ve always said that Emily Blunt should have been the perfect Wonder Woman. She’s sooooo beautiful and very good actress. In every movie I see her I see Wonder Woman.

  15. Please let this happen!

  16. They’ll also include Donald Duck and Skeletor.

    This was originally a Man of steel sequel and now they have every fictional character and their dog making a cameo.

    • Holy s***! They confirmed Krypto!?!

    • They should actually add super-dog to this. Talk about a way of appealing to the average movie-goer!!! This would definitely one-up the bat-nipples.

  17. I wonder if and when Tom cruise will ever do a super hero film? If he does, the DC universe seems to be the right fit for him and he should play a villain.

    • He was a pretty good Super Villain in Tropic Thunder :P

    • I could picture him playing Braniac, no earthly villian for him, except maybe Vandal Savage.

  18. Is it me, or is it just catty that one “prada” chic is taking over the other one’s role!

  19. I can honestly see them casting Oracle in this movie. Would be perfect for hinting at the greater bat-family/history.

  20. “You have some very large shoes to fill.”
    - Emily Blunt to a new employee replacing Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada

    Not that I think she is not up to it of course.

  21. over/under for batman having more screentime than superman?

  22. STOPPP!!!

  23. These are rumors with speculation. With that being said, I would love to see either Eva Green or Jaimie Alexander to play Catwoman – even though it would be “an introduction” to a JLA universe. They’re already amazing actresses, and they fit the Catwoman look. Whether these rumors/speculations turn out to be true I do not know, but Zack Snyder has his reasons as to why Emily Blunt.

  24. Anyone who comments after this one will have bad luck for 3 days…..

    • Lucky I commented a few minutes ago then.

  25. Blunt as Catwoman = Mamoa as Aquaman.

    As in, it’s a BS rumor with no substantiation.
    I don’t mind speculating, but let’s stick to speculating about things that come from reliable sources eh?

  26. Catwoman isn’t needed in this movie. If it’s just a ‘small role’ again why cast a prolific actress like Blunt? Reminds me of how Rebecca Hall was cruelly wasted in IM3. Selina Kyle wasn’t an important character in TDKR so it’s pointless to include her in this story.

    Guess though Batman has to be fully accommodated for, at the expense of Superman no less. The whole reason why were getting this movie made in the first place.

    • LOL!!!! you need to remove your fanboy glasses, it is because of BATMAN that this movie is being made. It is like you are forgetting that Thor the Dark World beat superman at the box office, while TDKR beat the avengers in total movie-goers.

      • Um….
        Sequels always make more money, it’s damn near a BO law.

        Thor TDW is the second in the Thor series and the 8th I’m the overall Avengers series.

        It beating MoS at the BO is not a surprise. Your comparing apples and oranges.
        Apples to apples would be the follow up to MoS vs Thor 2, or MoS vs Thor 1.
        And MoS crushed Thor 1. And Iron Man 1, and Cap 1, and Hulk 1, and Batman Begins, and X-Men 1, and ASM1.
        Only the OG Spider-Man had a better debut than Man of Steel did.

        It’s amazing how little people know about BO trends or how much they mislead data to try and prove a point.

  27. All the rumours surrounding this movie have been wrong.

  28. google “Emily Blunt Ass” and enjoy. Esp the neon blue spandex yoga pants. She really has such an underrated body. She is a perfect 10 in real women body scaling.

    • Have sum respect. that’s not necessary up here bruh.

      • hey its nothing gross, the girls a celebrity who puts her body out there. She is really well endowed

  29. There will be no Catwoman in this film. Blunt is likely being considered for another role, most probably Kara or an Amazon from Themyscira who would become a key character tied to Wonder Woman’s world.

    There’s also a really good role in Lex Luthor’s right-hand woman who’s always sporting an army cap & fatigue-like outfit. Superman’s world is chock-filled with possible key roles. With Emil Hamilton sadly vacationing in the lush world of the Phantom Zone, there’s a void to be filled for a scientist friend of Supes, possibly at STAR Labs or even Cadmus. In the Nu52, there is an awesome character who’s a Super Scientist and she rocks! There’s always Cat Grant or Lana Lang. And lest we forget Maxima, an alien Empress who long ago set her sights on mating with the Man of Steel!

    And the list goes on…

    • Mercy Graves, Lex Luthor’s driver/bodyguard.

      That was my first guess before Catwoman.