Another wave of Dawn of Justice news has arrived finally showcasing Henry Cavill's Superman and announcing a new villainous trifecta just in time to ring in a superpowered 4th of July.
Dawn of Justice news has primarily focused around the Batman and Wonder Woman buzz, but yesterday broke the mold revealing Henry Cavill’s Superman for the first time, and though Cavill’s wardrobing pretty much looks the same, we’re still impressed with Zack Snyder’s latest shot. Check it out below.
From the looks of it, Superman appears to be on a Gotham roof top, which mean’s Bats isn’t too far away. I think we can all appreciate Henry Cavill’s version of the Son of Krypton. Appreciation also encompasses swooning, FYI. Along with the featured image Snyder spoke to USA Today on the upcoming sequel:
Man of Steel was all about Superman finding his place in the world as both a hero and as a man, ultimately saving the city of Metropolis from certain doom. Dawn of Justice continues to immerse him on Earth by working at the Daily Planet as Clark Kent along with Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and Perry White (Laurence Fishburne). But it also takes him to new environments such as Gotham City and introduces larger threats, including Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg).
Really digging in and evolving the character — both as Clark and as Superman — is a challenge, Snyder says, but there’s also “the fun of trying to figure out what to put in front of him that’s difficult.”
Lex Luthor (played by The Social Network’s Jesse Eisenberg) has been the only foe officially slated for the film, and while Luthor can definitely cause trouble, he doesn’t have brawn to go toe-to-toe with Batman, yet alone Superman. And perhaps that’s where the next piece of speculated news comes into play. Three additional villains have been rumored for the movie, and they appear to be quite a troublesome lot for the superhero duo. The villainous lineup includes Victor Zsasz, David Cain, and Morgan Edge, along with Amanda Waller. “So who are these guys?” you ask. Welp, hold tight. We’re getting to that.
One of the few characters in this selection that has made a big screen appearance (even if you didn’t notice him). Zsasz fits the Arkham Asylum prototype: a psychotic serial killer who marks his body for every murder he’s committed. He even made a brief appearance in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, played by Tim Booth.
A less established villain that Zsasz, Cain is an expert mercenary whose daughter Cassandra eventually becomes Batgirl. Though he’s simply hired muscle (and our guess is by Lex Luthor), this could be the perfect segway into getting (one of the) Batgirl’s origins in the DC cinematic universe.
Edge, like Luthor, lacks brawn, but can still make things worse for Superman and Batman. As the former business associate of Lex Luthor and current head of the Galaxy Broadcasting System in Metropolis (WGBS News can be seen in Man of Steel). It’s reported that he’ll be playing the role of the Director of Public Relations for LexCorp. A villainous publicist could turn out to be a true pain, especially with Superman’s annihilation of downtown Metropolis. Perhaps we’ll see him collide with Lois Lane onscreen?
If there’s been any government official who has opposed superhuman involvement in diplomatic affairs, it’s Waller. Neither a fan of Superman or Batman, it’s Waller who organized Task Force X AKA the Suicide Squad; a team of supervillains working on covert missions for the government in exchange for reduced sentences. She’s made appearances in the Justice League Unlimited animated series and the Green Lantern film (played by Angela Bassett), but you may be more familiar with her more recent appearances on CW’s Arrow, played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson.
And while we’re on the subject of Arrow, Stephen Amell has been garnering a lot of attention after recently announcing that “this is the tip of the iceberg for Arrow” for his San Diego Comic Con appearance. Of course fanboys and the entire web ran with this, because lets face it; we’d love to see Green Arrow throwing blows side-by-side with Cavill’s Superman and Affleck’s Batman (well, not all of us…). But sadly Amell confirmed that this certainly is not the case on his Facebook page.
I appreciate all the support and enthusiasm, but not everything I post is a cryptic indicator that I’m going to be in Batman V Superman. I’m not going to be in Batman V Superman. The next time that I either do a video or an interview with a journalist that I like, I’ll be happy to explain why this is the case.
“Short form – it’s not a barometer on ability or the quality of genre – TV V Film, no pun intended. Everything here boils down to logistics. In any event… thank you for how much support you’ve showed me. But keep in mind, playing Arrow on television isn’t a consolation prize. We play the definitive versions of our characters in the DC Universe.”
And there you have it folks – though it should be noted that Amell has expressed interest in being part of the larger DC cinematic canon. In reality, we understand that the rigors of filming a huge blockbuster movie at the same time as filming a network TV show would make this near impossible (especially since it is very unlikely that any of Dawn of Justice is being filmed in Vancouver where Arrow is filmed) it is still very difficult to not hope and dream that they are able to make it work.
But now we ask; will Flash have a shot if we know for sure Green Arrow is not in the lineup? Or could Amell’s further statement offer another clue, as he doesn’t state outright that he won’t be in a Justice League movie. We’ll have to wait and see. All of this shortly followed the news of Devon Aoki’s (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) casting as Katana for season 3 of Arrow which is really just the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to news for that show this summer.
Most importantly, with the announcement of three new villains, is the Man of Steel sequel becoming overly ambitious? And let’s not forget that Wonder Woman, Cyborg and Aquaman are slated to appear as well.
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