Rumors: Hugh Jackman’s ‘X-Men’ Contract; Jim Carrey in ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ & Orlando Bloom’s Batman

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:24 am, This is a list post.

Rumor Patrol

Wolverine Contract Hugh Jackman RumorIt's high-time for comic book superhero films and the headlines generated from Comic-Con International in July and Disney's D23 event this weekend - let alone box office performances - speak volumes for the genre. Even with Iron Man 3, Man of Steel and The Wolverine out of the way, the fans have their eyes set on Kick-Ass 2 and this fall's Thor: The Dark World, and that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what studios are producing in the coming years.The latest rumors surround many of the highest profile upcoming projects, characters and stars and we have three new ones to share and dissect.
  • Hugh Jackman's contract extension with the X-Men franchise
  • Jim Carrey's cameo appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Orlando Bloom as the next Bruce Wayne
Let's get to it.

Wolverine Forever

Hugh Jackman X-Men Contract RumorWhile on the set of The Wolverine in October I asked Hugh Jackman how he was enjoying the role after playing it so many times and if he planned to continue long-term. At the time he wasn't officially attached to X-Men: Days of Future Past although we knew he'd be involved, but he led us believe that the three-hour workouts and extreme diet were getting tougher for the Oscar-nominated actors in his 40s and that he was excited to take a break.His starring role in Days of Future Past seems to have given new life to the character and actor since Hugh was in his highest spirits at Comic-Con. He (and the X-Men producers) told us from the beginning that it would be down to the story and making sure that they're keeping Wolverine fresh for Jackman to have a challenge in playing him. Rumor has it, from the questionable National Enquirer, that Fox has offered a $100 million deal to Jackman to reprise the iconic role an additional four times after X-Men: Days of Future Past.Given Jeff Wadlow's (Kick-Ass 2) role in developing X-Force, and Fox consultant Mark Millar teasing a major announcement about the future of the franchise within the next two years, it's reasonable to assume they'd want to secure Jackman's role in the series' future. Will he continue playing Wolverine or could he become the Ultimate Marvel Comics version of the time-travelling mutant Cable?

Jim Carrey's Carnage

Carnage Spider-Man Movie RumorFrom one crazy comic book character in Batman Forever's villainous Riddler, to Kick-Ass 2's vigilante ex-mobster Colonel Stars and Stripes, Jim Carrey's run at key (and extreme) comic book characters may be far from over. An under-the-radar and unverifiable rumor began earlier this year from a user on the SHH forums claiming that Jim Carrey had a role in Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Not long later, Spidey sleuth SevenWebHeads claimed that Carrey could be playing either Mysterio or Carnage (Cletus Kasady), potentially to setup the character for another film.Adding some credence to the possibility, at least one Twitter user nabbed a photo with Carrey (see it here via from the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in March. And since the Ravencroft institute will be featured in the sequel - and its scenes were shot in March (coincidence?) - that puts Jim Carrey's cameo (if there is one) inside Ravencroft. Kasady, a psychotic criminal, spent time at Ravencroft and when Venom's spawn used him as a host, he became the terrifying villain Carnage.With a Venom script having been written years ago and Sony still interested in the character - not to mention a fourth Amazing Spider-Man (that may not be about Spider-Man) confirmed, it wouldn't be surprising to see Webb planning out the franchise's future and laying groundwork for both Venom and Carnage. Whether or not Jim Carrey is part of those plans remains to be seen.

Orlando Bloom vs. Superman

Batman vs Superman Movie Casting RumorArguably the biggest announcement coming out of Comic-Con 2013 was Zack Snyder's on-stage revelation that the sequel to Man of Steel would include Batman. With Christian Bale confirming on multiple occasions that his time as Bruce Wayne is over, rumors and reports are running rampant listing candidates that Snyder, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are looking at to wear The Dark Knight's cape and cowl.We have our own list of five actors who could play Batman in a 'versus' film, but according to London's Express, who are hyping the British invasion of American superheroes (i.e. Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker & Henry Cavill as Clark Kent), claim that their source at Warner Bros. is saying that Orlando Bloom - another Brit - is the top contender to play Batman opposite Cavill's Supes and may get the part before the casting call.Bloom, who makes his return as his career-starting role Legolas in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug this fall, is 36 years old. Can you picture Bloom as Bruce Wayne?

Rumor Patrol

Batman vs Superman Logo List PostHugh Jackman returning as Wolverine makes sense. Whether or not him agreeing to a four-picture contract up front or that amount of money remains to be seen but he loves the character and we doubt he'll give it up. As for Jim Carrey, we'd love to seem him play a dark and scary Carnage and make a cameo in the Spidey sequel. As for Orlando Bloom, that may be a stretch, but we hope to find out who plays Batman (and Lex Luthor!) in the near future.Marc Webb directs The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with Andrew Garfield, Chris Cooper, Dane DeHaan, Emma Stone, Felicity Jones, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti and Sally Field. Zack Snyder directions Batman vs. Superman with Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Diane Lane.Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman,  along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, and Daniel Cudmore.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 releases May 2, 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2014 and Batman vs. Superman releases 2015.Follow Rob on Twitter @rob_keyes for your comic book movie news!
TAGS: batman, the amazing spider-man 2, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, the wolverine, x-men days of future past


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  1. Carey for Cassidy is ridiculous. They will screw this up just like they screwed the original Venom up. And if they have Harry Osborn become Venom, it will honestly be over in my mind. You need a jacked actor to play Venom. Eddie Brock looked nothing like that 70′s show dude and it wasn’t a change for the better.

  2. Orlando Bloom is not Batman material!

    • He dose not have the tough guy look he is to nice we want the crazy psychopath pysycotic revenge vengeance by the #s killing machine that doesn’t believe in justice captain america yes nice guy all american give us some one like bale but built like hugeman

  3. Orlando Bloom would be a terrible choice

    • you can say that 100 times again

  4. I like Orlando a lot, but I would rather see him in the Marvel universe, not DC, I still think he would be a good choice for Dr. Strange IMO. I just do not want to see him as Batman, Honestly, I do not want to see anyone for Batman except Christian Bale. It is pointless to make a Batman Vs Superman movie without the actors that were in the latest successful franchises IMO, otherwise what is the point? I think it is pointless anyway, I don’t care what gadgets Batman has, or how smart he is,
    Superman trumps Batman always.

    Jim Carey is too old & wacky to play Carnage IMO.

    • Wasn’t Carnage sort of the epitome of whacky/insanity?

      • Carnage is the epitomy of psychotic and evil. His insanity is purely evil, not whacky at all really.

        • Carnage is one of the most ruthless villains spiderman has ever faced and a pretty good one which is why if they make an amazing spiderman 3 carnage should definitely be in it or he should fight the sinister six.

    • He still looks young, and he has the laugh for Cletus Kasady, but I don’t know about Carnage. Robert Knepper is the perfect role for Cletus Kasady/Carnage. Maybe Jim Carrey isn’t bad after all, plus he was going to be Carnage in the first place in Spider-Man 4 or 5 but those got cancelled, so now’s his chance.

  5. So I just got into watching Hell on Wheels, has anyone thought that Anson Mount would be a good Bruce Wayne? He does a hell of a job playing Cullen Bohannan and the roles share some traits.

  6. Why won’t they make a young Batman!? If batman is older then He’ll become the Leader of the Justice League Movie!?

  7. Christian Bale was an eh batman… get over it people hes not comming back and we dont want him back, after all the action in MOS, u want to see a redo of that yawner fight between Batman and Bane again? this was his last stand, and he still looks soft

  8. Orlando Bloom? Frontrunner for Batman? Who is this stupid?

  9. Why isn’t anyone talking about Christian Bale being approached to play Batman in the Superman sequel, that too with a cool $50mn paycheck! It seems we might just have found the Iron Man of DC universe in terms of paycheck, that is if Bale takes the gig, which I doubt he will pass!

    • Because he wasn’t approached by WB. That rumor started being circulated as fact after someone wrote a speculation piece that basically bale COULD get $50 million for 20 mins of screen time and it would be worth it for WB. Nothing official was actually offered to Bale. Someone read that speculation and ran with it, now the internet has made the offer for WB.

      • +1 – Too many people keep leaning towards this “rumor” yet it was already proved fallacious a while ago.

        • A fat paycheck ir not, if Nolan is on as a executive producer (which I dont know if he is) then it shouldn’t be difficult for him to get Bale play Batman again. All things said I would simply want to keep the continuity of actors playing the characters the way Marvel has acheived. If Bale doesnt play Batman, then owning to the fact that they need an older Batman then I cannot think anyone else that can do justice to it other than One of Snyder’s own watchmen Jefferey Dean Morgan who played the comedian or the lesser kniwn Patrick Wilson who played the Nite Owl which I believe is as close as it can get to potraying Batman. Patrick brought amazing gravity to the Nite Owl/Dan Dreiberg character.

  10. Am I the only one that hated Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman?

    • No, you’re not the only one….but you’re in the minority.

      • Wait, are there even enough people who didn’t like Bale’s Batman for us to even call it a “minority” yet? It’s been a while since I’ve checked.

    • No… There are probably three or four others out there in the known universe, so far.

  11. Sharlto Copley as Carnage?

  12. I feel Orlando Bloom is a poor choice in casting being he is only 5’10 tall. However he sort of resembles Batman Year One the animated movie. With his mustache he would had made a better “Green Arrow” Oliver Queen.

  13. Studio execs just have no idea when it comes to comic book material do they. Carey might pull out nasty, dark maniac performance – he has the ability – but like the majority of you, I fear they’ll go down the “wacky” route and decimate the character. Jackie Earle Haley would be a good choice I think, or maybe Max Williams (Gunter in Bullet In The Face).

  14. Orlando bloom as batman. I’m not sure about that.But hey let’s see.

  15. I think Orlando Bloom could be a good batman. I realy hope he become the cape crusader!!!!