In what could be the utter, complete, and truly final nail in the coffin of any chance of the Justice League movie being any good whatsoever comes this rumor:
Hayden Christensen will play Superman in Justice League.
On the bright side (I suppose), this is about as deep into the level of rumor as you can get, but hey, it’s so much fun on even just a speculative level that I had to share it. :-)
Cinema Blend has reported that it was overheard (are you ready?) in a Canadian bar that Christensen would be playing the iconic role in the trouble-fraught movie.
How’s that for the ultimate source for a movie rumor?
As you may have heard, the production has moved from Australia, where it was originally set to shoot, to Canada. Now reports from up north have started to trickle in. A young lady sent an email to CB stating that she ran into Adam Brody (who is playing The Flash in the movie) at a local bar. She asked him to autograph her napkin and asked what he was doing there:
“They’re in BC [Vancouver, British Columbia] to check out locations for their new superhero movie ‘Justice League is Mortal’. Brody pointed at Miller and said ‘George is our director’. He said he’s playing The Flash, Common is playing Green Arrow (or Lantern, one or the other), Armie Hammer (sounded like Arm and Hammer) is Batman, someone from ‘Mad Max’ is Martian Manhhunter (didn’t catch the name) and Hayden Christensen is Superman. Brody also nodded to the woman to his right and said ‘she (he said her name but I didn’t catch it) is in it too.'”
Now even though I’m telling you about it, please take this with a monster grain of salt. For all I know it could be total B.S. If not, I’m sure that director George Miller has Brody in a head lock at this very moment and is pounding him into the ground for opening his yap after too many drinks. :-)
Beyond that, I didn’t think there was anything that could make me want to see Justice League less – until now. As I stated in my Jumper review, I can no longer hang Hayden’s horrible performance in the Star Wars movies on director George Lucas. I had always given the guy the benefit of the doubt and figured that Lucas gave him poor direction that resulted in a flat, whiney performance – but after having seen Hayden in Jumper, under the guidance of a completely different director… I just can’t blame it on George Lucas any more.
I’m sure Christensen would put butts in movie theater seats for this, but I cringe at the thought of an unemotional yet brooding young Superman.