If you read the articles that are posted on the too many fan rags around the Internet you have to reach a point where you scratch your head and wonder what is, and what isn't, and how do you tell the difference. Its like Shakespeare in a manner of speaking because most of what you read is pure theater, out there for show. Oh, the writers do claim that they have inside information or that they are well-informed experts and who knows, maybe they are, maybe they aren't. The biggest name in rumor spreading might be El Mayimbe at Latino Review.
El Mayimbe has unleashed some rumors in his time and its uncanny how he is right quite a bit. Is it insider information that he has, maybe but if that were true his success number would look more like 85 to 90% right but its probably not that good. The audience is generally small for these kinds of news sources and they become more of a forum for arguing how movies should be made rather than actual news sources. But there is something to be said for what the fan rags do.
George Miller almost brought us a Justice League Movie in 2007 and the fan rags went crazy with speculation over what the movie would be about and who would be in it. Fan casting ran rampant on the Internet like a major disease that couldn't be cured. So what's the point of that? Well lets suppose for a moment that people connected with film projects check out what the fan rags post, for the purpose of getting a sampling of what people think and what they want to see. True, its a small audience and what you get doesn't reflect 100% of what theater-goers want to see but it still provides insight and I have actually noticed ideas I've seen posted on some of these websites showing up in movies so somebody probably is paying attention to what gets said in a fan blog. The only trick is sorting out the real meat of these stories from the fat.
How Warner Brothers/DC Entertainment Works
Okay, so you have the rumor mill out there, and you have Warner Brothers / DC Entertainment and their approach to what the rumors say. Warner likes to say "no comment" or "its not true". If there is a DC Comics movie in production they are going to give you denial after denial and make everyone involved sign an agreement to keep the project a total unshared secret until timing dictates otherwise.
The Dark Knight Rises was loaded with secrets and surprises. One rumor that went around a time or two, Batman would have a sidekick but Warner denied it and Christopher Nolan vowed that there would not be a Robin in one of his films. True, the Robin we got was just a token name, but then there was the ending and Joseph Gordon Levitt standing in the Batcave with the keys to everything. The point is you can't believe a "NO" when Warner gives it to you because there is a very good chance no means yes. Its happened too many times.
The Current Rumors
Okay, now what is flying around out there now with production of Zach Snyder's [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) in full swing? We have the fan casts that don't count for anything, and I've even dome one myself. Then you have the speculations from the websites devoted to rumor reporting, and then you have the denial reports, and finally what we do in fact know. The what we know information that is actually worth kicking around is a short list of actors who are signed on to be in the movie but don't have a role, and right next to that we can stick rumored roles to go with these names.
On the list we have Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto. Then we have the rumored villains, Metallo, any one of Batman's enemies, Doomsday, Brainiac and Darkseid. So, which one is Holly Hunter playing? No, really, is she Doomsday? How about Metallo?
Callan Mulvey is interesting as there are three parts there he could play, and he has been connected with two, the Joker and Metallo. The fact that he is under contract and these roles are open make it interesting. He could also be a fit for the role of Brainiac. Holly Hunter, who is not going to be Doomsday is rumored to play a US Senator, so that's not of much interest until we see her as one of those witch-hunters out to lock up some super powered vigilantes. Tao Okamoto is rumored but maybe really is going to play Mercy Graves, Lex Luthor's personal assistant.
Of the four cast members who haven't been connected to a verified role yet, Scoot McNairy is of the most interest because he was spotted with the green screen socks on. He has been rumored to be the Joker, Metallo, The Flash and now Jimmy Olson. As Jimmy he would be someone who lost his legs during the battle between Superman and Zod. As Metallo this would mean mechanical legs, and we know what they mean if he is the Flash. If he were the Joker why the socks? The suit he is wearing suggests Jimmy Olson, but, could he be the Flash? Now lets go blogging on the rags where the fan casting makes the list of actors look even crazier.
This list has Chris Pine as either Green Lantern or The Flash, which is ludicrous, unless he is already tired of being James T Kirk. Then there is Idris Alba, who some people think is Green Lantern, and others would accept as Martian Manhunter. Nathan Fillion has always been anybody's guess for Grreen Lantern, Dwayne Johnson was possible for Green Lantern or Martian Manhunter, but not anymore now that he is Black Adam, Jason Momoa as Aquaman or Martian Manhunter, or even Doomsday. Rounding out the list, Charlie Hunnam as either Aquaman or the Flash and Benedict Cumberbatch as the Martian Manhunter.
Two of these guys are playing the Warner Brothers denial game.
Some other names that could come in but likely will not, Michael Rossenbaum, who has been Lex Luthor and the voice of both Barry Allen and Wally West, Steven Amell who is Green Arrow in the television series, and Grant Gustin who is the Flash on television. Warner Brothers has already made it clear the television properties will remain separate, which means they might be lying and it is the exact opposite. In that case this could be our Flash and maybe we see Green Arrow as well. We could also mention that Brandon Routh who was once Superman on the big screen is going to be the Atom on television. Does he make it to the big screen again as the Atom?
Best Bet, To Be more likely than Not To Be
What we do already know is Henry Cavill is Superman, Ben Affleck is Batman and Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman. We are working from rumors after that, with the exception of having an actor cast as Cyborg. But these rumors are not without some sense of credibility. We already mentioned Jason Mamoa and Benecict Cumberbatch, and while Mamoa denied that he was Aquaman in the beginning, the denials have ended and while he and Cumberbatch are not confirming their roles neither are they denying it.
Charlie Hunnam was mentioned before Gal Gadot was signed as someone who might be the Flash. The fact that Warner Brothers / DC Entertainment has used his likeness in concept art begs the question, why? Why use an actors face for the Flash if he isn't going to be the Flash, or be considered for the part? Sherlock Holmes just made the case for Hunnam as the Flash.
Why do I have Ryan Reynolds picture here? He has said he isn't sure where he stands on being Green Lantern again, whether the studio wants him back or he wants to come back. What we do know is he has a contract to wear the ring one more time and he has said that if the story and director were right he was in, if they wanted him. Okay, so has there been anyone of real interest mentioned beyond what a bunch of fan boys have cast in a fantasy? Um, no, there hasn't. Green Lantern is a part of the plan, but nobody is even rumored beyond what fans think and somebody is already under contract to play the part. I think he comes back because what is about to happen is too good for him to pass on!
Meet Doomsday, a creature that looked good in live action on Smallville, and in the comic books, beat the man of Steel to death. The rumor is he might show up in Dawn of Justice to do battle with Wonder Woman. The rumor also says maybe Darkseid instead but lets talk about Doomsday. At the end of the movie if this guy showed up, Wonder Woman takes him on and what we have is something that sets up the appearance of The Flash, Mahunter, Aquaman and Green Lantern for a big run into the next movie scheduled out a year later called Justice League!
Why do I like the Doomsday idea? Could it be because the story, "The Death of Superman" made me sick. Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Guy Gardner; this is not the Justice League, and it was embarrassing how Doomsday kicked their collective butts. There is no way the real team does not show up until the funeral. Batman is Superman's best friend and you are telling me he didn't show, and where was Wonder Woman, the Flash and Green Lantern? No, they would have had Superman's back in a fight like that so here we come, big screen, live action with the greatest fight of all time and we get it right and set up the team-up film and then drop Darkseid like a bomb before the cameras roll on the Justice League Movie. Lex Luthor, isn't he the guy that gave us Doomsday? It works.
Okay, so based on Sherlock Holmes approach, is this where Warner Brothers is taking us, or not? Are these the villains? Is this group, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Jason Mamoa, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ryan Reynolds and Charlie Hunnam the Justice League. Yeah I know, I have left Cyborg out, and I did it intentionally because the New 52 is fine but only a small audience comprised of comic book readers know who they are and a much bigger audience remembers the beginning!