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

Published 11 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.


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


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

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  1. I feel like they might be filming something back to back. But I could be wrong, just my speculation. If anything, a lot of these characters will have an appearance sort of like Quicksilver did in DOFP or Snyder might just be filming a stinger scene to build anticipation for the next movie which will be Justice League

  2. Emily Blunt sounds fitting as Catwoman, but I really doubt that they are going to already expand more Batman characters in this film, not that I’m ruling it out but she could maybe play Selina Kyle. My theory is that she might play Mera. I mean why not have Mera. Aquaman is already probably gonna appear (most likely in the end credits for sure). But wasn’t Mera also suppose to form the New 52 JL lineup? I haven’t seen that in the comics yet, but this would be a great opportunity to introduce her to an audience who is only familiar to DC by association of the trinity. My second theory is that she could play the Cheetah. I really hope this is true, she would make a great addition. Heck I would love it if they really surprised us and said she would play Pandora. Anything is possible right?

  3. LOVE Emily Blunt….just a cool chick and a great actress good to see her branching out her career…hope it’s a great part?character whatever Snyder has in store for her ;-)

  4. Well, the bat suit did have a few scratches on it

  5. s*** actress, I wish they would just dump this whole movie itll never be better than burton batman

    • Don’t you have any beds that belong to bears you could be sleeping in?

    • YOU are not the REAL Goldilocks. While he may be frequently bizarre, quite often corny, and occasionally annoying, he is ALWAYS consistent in his desires and likes and sometimes even charming in his own weird way. HE has already stated his anticipation for this film.

      YOU are simply a fake joke. Go away.

      • Agreed. Of all the people to imperssonate…lol

  6. … but i still hate her

  7. Why do I get the feeling we are going to get another Daredevil vs Electra fighting in the park scene in Bats V MOS??

  8. Nobody thinks she could be vicky vale?

  9. this is the only rumor I wanted to be real, I’m in love of Emily Blunt and she would have been grat as catwoman or Selina Kyle

  10. Jaimie Alexander can be fantastic Zatanna. Blunt can be Mercy Graves.

    • Agreed on the Mercy Graves.
      I’d take the Zatanna suggestion too.

  11. What about Black Canary?… She is a Justice League member, is she not?… Because I don’t remember Catwoman ever being one…

  12. Is it me or is this movie getting crammed with too many characters when the focus should be on Batman & Superman. What purpose would Catwoman actually serve within the film, a routine jewel bust Batman stops her in Gotham?

    • why you react? wb not cast anyone for catwoman role for the film. it is just rumour now that catwoman will be introduced.

      • why i react? Just opinion i have while others assume the character will be in the film. Im simply asking what could the character possibly do of any importance within the film while it’s already crammed with WW,Cyborg,two unspecified roles that might go to Holly Hunter & Jason Momoa.

  13. Could Emily Blunt Be Eyed For Catwoman?

    Betteridge’s Law: No.

  14. No CATWOMAN come on DC/WB why do you feel the need to shove this pathetic character down peoples throats every damn time Batman comes into play. You know he had other LOVE INTRESTS right…. She’s OLD, She’s TIRED, She’s a walking STD prostitute, She’s been done to DEATH. WAKE THE HELL UP WB/DC. I’M SICK OF SELINA KYLE AND CATWOMAN!!!

  15. Am I the only one who wants a live-action Zatanna?

    • No, you are not. I too would love to see a live-action, big-screen Zatanna.

  16. From man of Steel we have hints of Lex Luther, Bruce Wayne (both in the next film) and hints of supergirl and you conclude that cat women is in the next film because the actor has the right colour hair? fair enough…

  17. I want to see her as Hawkgirl

  18. Latino Review started this rumor just because she has a movie coming out. That’s all it is. Nobody has correctly guessed or predicted casting for this movie because all of Snyder’s picks are way out in left field. I do not think she’s being eyed for a role. It’s just LR wanting attention.

    • LR wasn’t even the one who started this rumor, it’s some other Spanish site that nobody has ever heard of.

      It’s just the internet being the internet: Sites reporting on other sites BS just so you click, read, respond… and the AD SPACE people get satisfied.

      Thanks Obama.

      • Oh that’s true. It was another site. This sort of thing is just dumb. I want real stories. I want to see Wonder Woman costume. How about El Mayimbe sneak into Snyder’s office and snap a couple photos and then maybe I’ll read his articles.

      • @ Dr Mindbender,
        Don’t you mean, “Thanks Al Gore?”

  19. At this point i just hope that shes in the movie.

  20. Wow, the rumors for this film is crazy. The latest one I’ve read last night was Brad Pitt for Aquaman. That would be rather interesting LOL

  21. Could see her as Barbara Gordon (pre-Batgirl)and would have transistioned to BG in the next film.

    • Galupi – I agree. Barbara Gordon, or a female hero like Hawk woman. Could also be a major political figure in Metropolis.

  22. Well, she might actually be a good fit for the role, so I am absolutely positive the rumor is false. Jonah Hill will be cast as Catwoman.

    • …just keep making dumb comments, don’t you?


  23. Enough with the lame female characters.

    • Wow…just wow.

      Are you high?

  24. I thought it was announced that there would be no Bat villains in this movie strictly Superman’s villains.

    I can see her as Supergirl or Hawkgirl.

  25. My picks for the roles for Emily Blunt to play, if cast:

    1. Supergirl
    2. Hawkgirl/woman
    3. Catwoman
    4. Batgirl

    • Add Black Canary and Zatanna to the list, cant believe I forgot them, probably because I want Caity Lotz or Katie Cassidy from Arrow or Alaina Huffman from Smallville to play the former and Serinda Swan from Smallville to play the later. I especially want Laura Vandervoort to be the Supergirl again, I liked Britt Irvin’s Stargirl in Smallville, but dont think the role is fit for Blunt, I especially don’t mind Blunt playing Catwoman, though I liked Anne Hathaway in the role I dont picture her in it.

  26. Who ever she plays, if this all sorts out….she will be awesome.

  27. Man, just when I think this movie couldn’t get any more convoluted or dumb a rumor of Cat Woman pops up. Why are they doing this? Is WB/DC trying to make up for lost time and ground against MARVEL by cramming every DC character into one movie? I agree with most fans, this movie is really starting to sound like a real mess.

    How many times is this movie going to change directions? First it’s a Man of Steel sequel, now it’s not. Then it’s Batman fighting Superman, not it’s not. Then it’s a re-boot of Batman, now it’s not. Then it’s a Justice League movie, now it’s not. It doesn’t sound like WB has a clue about what they’re doing. What a mess.

    • So, Brad…

      You don’t actually know what “rumor” means, do you?

  28. Maybe she’ll play the character that survived the crash (empty hibernation pod) of the scout ship in Man of Steel? Kara Zor-El perhaps?

  29. @Brad… Use your common sense. It’s movie news sites & fans that keep coming up with these ridiculous rumours, not WB/DC.

    But of course common sense isn’t always common.