Call me crazy, but the news popping up left and right about the Man of Steel sequel, Batman vs. Superman, has me wondering if we are getting that smack down battle between the big two as seen in the pages of The Dark Knight Returns, or if the movie is really a disguise for the Justice League.
According to Variety, several actresses are testing for the role of Wonder Woman for the upcoming film. The actresses include Gal Gadot (Fast and Furious), Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), and Olga Kuylenko. Obviously, Warner Bros. would not comment on the story and making the stretch to Wonder Woman (aka Diana Prince) is a big one (the casting description is asking for someone who is “tall, brunette, athletic and exotic”), but I’ve seen a few other rumors pop up wondering if The Flash will also make an appearance in the movie. If this is the case – one that The Hollywood Reporter, Variety’s competition denies – then is it too much of stretch to start scanning the call sheets for someone who could play Cyborg?
A two and a half hour fight movie ala Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever between Batman and Superman would make for some interesting viewing (Pacific Rim did it), but throw in Wonder Woman, The Flash, and one or two other Justice Leaguers, and suddenly you have the first part of a larger trilogy of films where the team takes on Darkseid and the gods of Apokolips. In other words, Batman vs. Superman is simply Act 1, with Act 2 being the initial invasion of Apokolips of Earth and the team getting their act together, and Act 3, taking the fight to Darksied with a last minute jump through the boom tube (and possibly an ultimate sacrifice) to end the trilogy. Do this as a six month release instead of a yearly release, and theater seats will be packed.
Batman vs. Superman is scheduled to arrive in 2015.