Back in August we heard that actor Bryan Cranston was reportedly up for the role of Lex Luthor in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel referred to as Superman vs. Batman. Today we are hearing that Warner Bros. has decided not to go with Cranston and instead go after Joaquin Phoenix for the role. At this point, it’s unknown if Phoenix would even be interested in taking on such a big role in a film like this but considering the buzz surrounding the actor for his work in the new film Her (which opens in theaters next month) it makes sense that the folks at WB would want to sign him up for the part.
After already reaping notice for his performance in “Her,” Joaquin Phoenix could be working with Warner Bros. again on the studio’s biggest property. Sources tell Variety that the studio wants the Oscar-nominated actor for a role in the upcoming untitled Batman-Superman pic. However, it’s very early in the process and even if Warners offers Phoenix a role, it’s not clear he would accept as the actor has steered clear of big-budget pics in the past few years, leaning towards movies with a more prestige feel. Phoenix is also weighing an offer on the Gus Van Sant pic “Sea of Trees” and is believed to still be considering that offer as well. WB and the actor’s reps had no comment. Though sources couldn’t confirm what the role is, it’s believed to be for the main antagonist, which is likely to be Lex Luthor. Names like Jason Momoa and Callan Mulvey have been linked to the film but even if those actors are cast, sources are saying that they wouldn’t play the main villain, and that Warners has always wanted someone who would be a slam dunk in the role. The pic, which opens July 17, 2015, stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Amy Adams with Zack Snyder returning as director.
Joaquin Phoenix would be, I think, an interesting way to go for the iconic character. He deffo has an intensity that would breathe new life into the character. It wouldn’t've occurred to me to cast him in the role but now that his name is being talked about, I can see how his casting could work. Tho, it’s entirely possible that Joaquin would turn down the role altogether. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. In other Superman sequel news, it is also being reported that Academy Award winning screenwriter for Argo, Chris Terrio, has been hired to rewrite the film script before the movie moves into filming production:
Warner Bros. is bringing Argo writer Chris Terrio into the Batman-Superman universe. The Oscar-winning writer, who recently changed agencies from CAA to WME, has been brought in to write a draft of the Man of Steel follow-up, the untitled Batman-Superman movie. Terrio has a strong relationship with the studio and the film’s star Ben Affleck. Affleck directed and starred in Argo, which won last year’s best picture Oscar for Warners. The film, which opens July 17, 2015, already shot a few exterior scenes this fall, but principal photography doesn’t begin until early next year in Michigan and is expected to wrap in August. David Goyer wrote the screenplay, which is based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (Superman) and Bob Kane (Batman). But sources say Terrio has been brought in to get the script in shape before filming begins. Goyer has been tied up with a number of other DC Comics titles including Sandman.
Now THIS is great news. Believe me, I’m still very worried about how this movie may turn out, what with all the superhero characters getting jammed in, but I’m really encouraged by this news of Argo‘s screenwriter handling rewrites. This movie could be really great or really horrible. I suppose it could fall somewhere in the middle but my guess is that it’s either going to be loved or hated on a massive scale. Any guesses which way you think it might go?