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. I laugh at all the hypocrites that say Orlando Bloom sucks and that he would be a horrible choice. Did everyone liked Christian Bale when he was picked for the role? If you say you did you are a cock sucker. Simple as that. Even after the first movie Bale still had critics. I wonder where Bale would have been now if it wasn’t for Heath Ledger’s and Tom Hardy’s performances in the last two films. Orlando Bloom is by no means a horrible actor and to be honest he would be a much better choice than the Teen Wolf guy or Armie Hammer which a lot of people seem to favor for some reason.

    • Why would thinking that Bale would be a good choice for Batman before the fact make someone a CS? He’d proven he was a great actor before Batman – Rescue Dawn, American Psycho, The Machinist – all very powerful acting roles, all requiring going deep into the dark recesses of a damaged mind.
      I for one knew he was great choice from the beginning, and I really enjoyed Batman Begins. The third movie was the weakest by far – mainly cos of the Lackluster Bane. If you watch all three movies back to back, you’ll see what I mean. Can’t be too hard on Hardy though, that Mask would have really made expression difficult, and there’s the fact that he the likes of Liam Neeson (who is pure charisma on screen) and, of course, the brilliance of Ledger as the Joker as forerunners.
      I like Hardy as an actor – he has a powerful presence – when you can see his face.

      • i agree. both actors are versatile and gifted, i was excited hearing that bale would take the role in the first batman movie, but not so much now if there is any truth to the rumors that bloom is stepping in. the only real issue i have with bloom isn’t his acting ability, its his physical appearance. batman is traditionally (comic books, animated series) a mesomorph with a powerful stature. i haven’t seen bloom recently (since ‘the hobbit’, but he lacks that powerful and intimidating stature thats required for the role. bale didn’t do a bad job, he was able to buff up in that role being a mesomorph, but bloom looks like a ectomorph to me. not sure how big he can get. i’d still like to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan as batman (older version) and Scott Adkins (younger version). only trouble is Adkins is a little short on the acting abilities.. not by much tho. and not quite an established name yet. but clearly the physical capability

  2. Hugh Jackman 100 millions for more Wolverine : Not surprised.
    Jim Carrey as Carnage : Interesting
    Orlando Bloom as Bruce Wayne : God no! MAAAYYYBE Nightwing.

  3. I have a hard time seeing Bloom as Batman, but, hey, nobody saw Ledger as the Joker, so we’ll see. Snyder and Co. nailed every role in MOS, so I think they know what they’re doing.

  4. I think from the beginning WB should have told Chris Nolan have a justice league possibility in his trilogy just in case they would continue, everyone sees bale as batman and though he says he’s done it would be amazing to see him and cavil together on screen, reboots and recasting screw things up unless they do an amazing job but I don’t see anyone playing a better Bruce Wayne then him IMO. what do you guys think??

    • You are 100% correct. Even though the Batman trilogy did not anticipate a Justice League or other superheroes, it really does not preclude having them. There are TONS of fantastic elements to the Dark Knight Trilogy yet people were duped into thinking these things were possible. Plus the world of Nolan’s Batman is no different from that of Snyder’s Lois Lane prior to discovering Superman. So it is not a stretch to introduce Superman into the Dark Knight universe. In fact the benefits to DC would be enormous. They would have four films in their shared universe as opposed to one and that universe would have been technically established first. That does not even take into account that film series is the most critically and commercially successful of any superhero franchise. It is a no brainer what should happen.

      • 100% agree.

      • It would be a slap to what Nolan created. While I did not agree with his path (as a Batman film) it was still his to do with as he pleased (within reason).

        To change that or suggest it was anything but is a disservice to Nolan.

    • I agree with you, orlando bloom just doesn’t look like a Bruce Wayne/Batman type. I really think christian bale should come back. I also agree casting new people to a big role such as Batman would just screw it all up. They’d have to do some really good directing to have me go see this movie without christian bale in it.

      • We all said the same thing (practically all) about Heath Ledger……

    • No everyone does not see Bale as Batman.

      If WB had told Nolan that I am almost sure he would have walked. Nolan appears to be the type of person that has his ideas and visions and wants to see those ideas and visions. Regardless of what the studio wants.

      There have been many mentions of people that could portray Batman/Bruce Wayne as well as if not better then Bale. However we will not know until he is cast.

      reboots and recasting screw things up unless they do an amazing job can be said for anything. Hindsight is such a wonderful thing to have as is access to what the future brings. One we have but not until it is over and the other we will never have.

  5. I just have to say one thing. Orlando Bloom as Batman is awful! Too slight, too effeminate. I think the Jeffrey Donovan would be an excellent choice for Batman/Bruce Wayne. For those that don’t know him he plays Michael Weston on Burn Notice. For all you high speed guys/gals out there that have a line in to the big wigs that call the shots, pass this info on to them. He is the guy!

    • I couldn’t agree more, Jeffrey Donovan would make a great Batman. I once posted that to Reddit and was immediately shot down for my insolence.

      • Jeffery Donovan would be a good choice, but not fantastic. He doesn’t habe the presence or the ‘street cred’ to do Batman at the moment.
        While Orlando Bloom also doesn’t have the bulk (at the moment this could change) he does have the bank-ability as a Star who will also attract female audiences.

        If Orlando really were to be chosen (and I doubt it) he’d need to gain some serious mass for the role – although in saying that so did Christian Bale.

        Let’s admit it, Christian Bale didn’t sound like a good choice at the time either.

    • Not a bad choice at all. I would actually really like to see that happen. (Huge BN fan.) I don’t see any reason not to consider it, but to be fair I don’t think Bloom comes off as effeminate. He’s not the most masculine guy in the world, but I wouldn’t say he’s effeminate.

  6. If Jim Carrey is complaining about the violence in Kick Ass 2, he shouldnt even look at the Carnage role because that guy is psychotic on Jokers level and he get a really high body count yearly

    • Exactly what I was thinking.

    • Someone call Jim Carrey a waaah-bulance! :-P

      • you need to call 9 waah waah first Ken! :)

  7. Bloom as Batman? No way.

    Carrey as Carnage? Maybe.

    Jackman as Wolvie (again)? I think it’s time to give someone else a shot.

    • Jackman basically is Wolverine….At this point I can’t even picture anyone playing the role….like Downey Jr. and Tony Stark, or Ian McKellan and Magneto.

      • Just use your imagination…

    • @FILTHpig

      Why does everyone hate Jackman? Really? He’s the only one who has the guts, the talent and why throw him away when he is still alive? If he likes doing it let HIM!

  8. Very interesting choices.I wouldn’t underestimate Bloom as Batman just yet,nobody thought Ledger would make a great Joker and you know what happened there.

    • The thing is Bloom just doesn’t look like Bruce Wayne….He looks more like Jason Todd. Really no one they’ve ever cast as Wayne really looked like him in my opinion…Bale was the closest. Karl Urban really would be the perfect casting choice in my opinion.

  9. To be honest, I do not even view nor believe Carnage to be a main antagonist in any film starring Spidey as the main protagonist of the story since Carnage is a ruthless Rated R character and will be ruined if Marc Webb tries to sugarcoat the character. I say produce a really dark, gritty Rated-R Venom movie with Carnage as the big baddie.

  10. it’d be extremely cool to see Jim carrey as carnage. A hell of a lot better than casting topher grace as Eddie Brock

  11. I am holding on to hope that Bale is going to return as Batman for the DC universe inking a deal similar to Downey’s…..As least until they announce the new Batman….Then I’ll give up that dream.

    • One of the things I am watching for is for WB to come out and deny the offer. With every passing day there is no denial it makes me think the offer is true…and if it is true I think that Bale will accept…his agent will see to that. He would be certifiable if he turned that down!

  12. Rain on the parade time:
    Supes vs. Bats will be good to watch, but I’d rather see a team=up between Green Lantern and Flash. As far as the Venom rumors go, I’d much rather see Mysterio or Scorpion. As for Wolverine, boring and over-used…where’s Cyclops?

    • Cyclops? One of the most boring X-men ever? Are you kidding me?

      • Movie-wise: they could have and should have written him better.
        Comics-wise: one of the best characters in the X-Men franchise! A born leader!

  13. Jim Carey is a good choice for Carnage if they rein in his Jim Carey-ness…

  14. Think screenrant should do a “5 reasons why Bale should return as Batman” and then conclude with a “5 reasons why Bale shouldn’t return as Batman” to ease the transition.

  15. Why does Jim Carrey as Carnage feel so right?

    • lol because he played as the mask and he can really play the sick and twisted psycho

    • Like DMC, Like a lot!!

  16. I would rather Carrey play Mysterio.

  17. toooooo be honest at the end of dark knight rises….where they are in paris and he is smiling (gaaaay) and he so calls retires ..they can pick up the story from there where earth is being attack thus forcing him back into the ropes as bats. send robin to blood haven and mention he so people wont go crazy..and just continue the story to a justice league

    • THANK YOU…the story could almost write itself.

    • So…smiling is gay? Gay, as in HAPPY, sure. Gay, as in homosexual, implies you are precisely the type of person who should NEVER be allowed to attempt an adult relationship…you’re clearly not ready.

  18. I want Bale back for Batman, to have him and Cavill team up would be insane, a billion at the box office minimum if Bale comes back, and I just cant get my head around why anyone would turn down a Batman role?? if it were me id say sign me up for life! That’s why I refuse to believe Bale wouldn’t do it, anyway money talks, throw enough at him and he’ll come back..

    • Bale is an actor (an excellent one, at that) and probably–like most human beings–enjoys variety in his day-to-day activities. While I found him to be a wonderful Batman/Bruce, if he EVER considers returning to the role of Batman (something I very much doubt), it will not be in this upcoming series of Batman-inclusive films. He will want to try out other roles, other characters.

      Bale is NOT coming back.

  19. Carrey as Carnage would be great…..and for god’s sake no to Bloom as Bruce Wayne…I like him as an actor but he’s not Batman….just cast Karl Urban as Bat Man and never show Bruce Wayne in the movie…Keep Urban behind the black cowl the whole movie. He did an awesome job as Dredd.

  20. I hope the Jim Carrey = Carnage rumor is true…I really couldn’t see anyone else playing that part but him! And somebody needs to shoot down the Orlando Bloom = Batman…He is an excellent actor but he just doesn’t look the part. John Hamm (Mad Men) as an older, seasoned Batman would be a better choice. I think Christian Bale is officially out as he said TDKR was his last Batman role so it might be next to impossible to get him to come back and reprise his role.

  21. Orlando as BATMAN!!!!!!

    Errr I think not. Too fresh faced, Bats needs a face chiselled out of granite, rugged and battered. Orlando without facial hair still looks like he’s 12… fine for an ageless elf but not Bats.

    Plus as likeable as he is he aint that great an actor. He’s watchable no doubt, Legolas in LoTR wasn’t too much of a stretch, not too much range needed, same really with Will Turner….. earnest and about duty at the beginning, earnest and about duty at the end.

    Sorry Orlando, not today son.

  22. Bloom as Batman – I can see that, for some reason it seems to fit quite well with me, unless Richard Armiage is chosen.

    Jim Carey – Could be up there with Ledger, excellent choice as carnage

    Jackman as Wolverine – Just who else is there?

    • Armitage even :)

  23. I still think Christian Bale should come back as Batman. I’m not too big on changing actors foralready established iconic roles. Orlando Bloom does seem like the action type, but I can’t remember a film with him doing an American accent. There are plenty of United Kingdom stars who have done American accents well, but Bloom seems to just stick with his accent.

    Jim Carrey for Mysterio or Carnage, it works either way both are crazy characters. Well I guess there aren’t many secrets for movies anymore so I’m assuming their setting up for the Sinister Six in ASM 3.

    Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is always popular. When I am in the Comics Store Wolverine is everywhere and practically in a lot of the comics, he’s an X-men, in X-force, an Avenger, and of course several solo comics. So it is not surprise that they would want to lock Jackman in for more movies. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the future.

  24. Orlando Bloom is a great actor. But he is NOT Batman. I seriously think WB is just screwing with us at this point. Ryan Gosling and Orlando Bloom? Come on! You need a Badass, built action star. #AdkinsForBatman

  25. just bring Christian bale back announce it and watch everyone go crazy to see his version the same one many people have to to love and see what more he can add to both Bruce Wayne and Batman….

  26. Enough with Wolverine. Hugh Jackman is old and the wolverine movies suck.

  27. I think the same for Green lantern, Ryan Reynolds should also come back just the script is what made that movie a mess but in terms of acting he’s not bad…

  28. Carrey wasn’t on the Spiderman set, he was on the Lettermen set. Seeings how he appeared on Lettermen the day that pic (from a high school kid btw) was taken.

    I seriously hope you didn’t base one third of your article off that picture.

  29. wolverine- hugh jackman getting signed on again(who didnt see that coming?)

    carnage- this was the same rumor i heard a month after spiderman 3 came out (although carry would make a good carnage cuz he can play crazy real well)

    batman- ORLANDO BLOOM?!?!?!?!?! R U KIDDING ME?!?!?!? i thought they were going for an older looking bruce wayne (dark knight returns comic which snyder is using for the movie he comes out of retirement to fight superman)

    also guys…enough about bale…he doesnt wanna repraise the role BECAUSE of people like u…thats all he will be known for and he doesnt want that as an actor…GET OVER IT (the only really good one was dark knight anyway, the other two were average)