The latest rumor has to do with the recent casting of Holly Hunter (The Incredibles) in a yet-to-be-revealed role. According to a new report, she’s been cast as Leslie Thompkins, a doctor and friend of the Wayne family who (in the comics) served as a pseudo-surrogate mother to Bruce after his parents’ untimely deaths.
This latest rumor comes from Latino Review. Here’s what they had to say on the subject:
“We think Holly Hunter is going to be playing Leslie Thompkins, or a Leslie Thompkins replacement character.”
Thompkins, for those who don’t know, is one of the few people outside of Alfred Pennyworth, the Robins, Batgirl, Superman, the Justice League, and so on, who knows that Batman’s secret identity is Bruce Wayne. She has supported him throughout his life, but has also been critical of some of Batman’s harsher means of tamping down on crime.
As to the veracity of this rumor, it’s probably worth pointing out that you should be skeptical until you hear something official. After all, when it was announced that Hunter had been cast in Batman vs. Superman, the Warner Bros. press release explicitly stated that her character was “newly created” for the film.
Plus, here’s what director Zack Snyder about Hunter and her character:
“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.”
Of course, we’ve seen WB press releases for Batman films before that have indicated actresses were playing newly created characters, and then those actresses – well, just the one, really – ended up playing Talia al Ghul instead. Then there was the infamous “We swear Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t playing Khan, he’s playing a new character named John Harrison!” move courtesy of Star Trek Into Darkness and its creators. So it’s certainly not outside the realm of possibility that pre-production trickery has been employed yet again.
Still, both of those characters – Talia and Khan – were pretty major entities within their respective universes. Hiding their true identities made some amount of sense (whether or not their hidden identities were successful elements of the films is a different story altogether). Here, why would Warner Bros. say that they created an entirely new character when in fact they were adapting Leslie Thompkins – an obscure Batman character to the general public – to the big screen?
But let’s operate under the assumption that this rumor is true for a moment. Batman vs. Superman is a Batman reboot, a Man of Steel sequel, it introduces an all-new Lex Luthor and Wonder Woman, and whatever the heck else that’s going on in the film. Does it really have time to deal with Leslie Thompkins, a mentor to Bruce Wayne in a film where he’s too old and “tired and weary and seasoned“ to have a mentor? (And that’s on top of the fact that he already has one – Alfred!)
What say you, Screen Ranters? Do you believe this rumor? Do you want to see Holly Hunter play Leslie Thompkins? Drop us a line in the comments.
Batman vs. Superman hits theaters May 6th, 2016 (unless it moves its release date again).
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Source: Latino Review