As Marvel Studios blew some minds with the wide release of the full-length trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, Warner Bros. and DC continue to remind us that their Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman exists, with a recent look at our new Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, training for her role as the Amazonian and the rumor that our first look at Ben Affleck in the Batsuit could be coming soon.
The fan uproar over the film’s various casting choices may never end, but we’ve come to a point where we know who our principles will be: Batman (Affleck), Superman (the returning Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), as well as Batman/Bruce Wayne’s valet/surrogate father Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons). Anything else is speculation.
The decision to include Wonder Woman and the various rumors about the presence of some of DC’s other characters (Josh Holloway as Aquaman? Denzel Washington or Dwayne Johnson as Green Lantern? Will we see Nightwing or Doomsday?) have led many to believe that Batman vs. Superman will also serve as some kind of back-door lead-in to a long-expected Justice League film.
A new casting rumor will likely add fuel to this rumor bonfire. According to Latino-Review, the producers of Batman vs. Superman are casting “a black actor in his early 20s who is also physically fit.” Now, this could be for any number of supporting roles – a military or police officer, any number of security personnel, or a member of super-villain Lex Luthor’s private army (if he has one… but wouldn’t we like to see that?).
However, LR elaborates that “the part is for a small role in the untitled Batman Vs Superman movie BUT will be recurring in other upcoming DCU films.” Not only that, but certain sources report that Zack Snyder has apparently met with Fox’s new Johnny Storm, Michael B. Jordan, for a role. (Which, if true, Jordan likely passed on, given his commitment to Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four)
Could Warners and DC be adding Cyborg to the mix? Man of Steel star Henry Cavill has publicly stated that he’d like to see the character show up at some point, and among the many and varied Easter Eggs peppered throughout the Superman reboot, the references to Dr. Emil Hamilton (played by The West Wing‘s Richard Schiff) and S.T.A.R. labs are big clues that some version of Cyborg (not to mention Doomsday) could appear.
This (admittedly thin) rumor ties into Cavill’s remarks, lending the notion of Cyborg’s inclusion a bit more credence. After all, Cavill’s statements about wanting to see a Batman/Superman team-up turned out to foreshadow the official announcement that the movie was happening – are we looking at something similar here?
In the New 52 reboot, Victor Stone A.K.A. Cyborg is a high school football star who suffers a terrible accident as he visits his father, a S.T.A.R. Labs scientist. Desperate to save his boy, Victor’s father injects him with nanites, and along with other radically experimental technology and metallic implants, turns him into an all-too-confused character – one who could be an interesting addition to the DC cinematic universe, which is still navigating the terrain inhabited by the human and superhuman alike.
Stay tuned for more information as it surfaces.
Batman vs. Superman will be released on May 6th, 2016