Wonder Woman and Nightwing, in the next Man of Steel?
Rumors have been flying around, that Both ‘Wonder Woman‘ and ‘Nightwing‘ will be making appearance in the up and coming sequel to Man of Steel. Today we take a look at all the rumors, and consider whether it is the right decision to add so many characters in one movie?
First we kick off with the news that Wonder Woman, is being considered for the Man of steel sequel. The rumors are that DC are on the hunt for an actress, playing the part of Wonder Woman. Initially the news was leaked by Jaimie Alexander, when she said :
“I would love for DC to put Wonder Woman in one of their upcoming flicks, either in her own movie or Batman vs. Superman, or just something even to introduce her. Being in the comic book world, we know a lot of the same people at DC and Marvel, so we hear a lot of things, but it’s all speculation right now. But I would absolutely love that [Wonder Woman appearing in one of the upcoming films]. Thankfully and gratefully, I’m appreciative to the people who ask my opinion of the character, and that’s been pretty amazing.”
Based on Alexander’s comments, it sounds as though there’s a reasonable chance that she’s been approached by WB primarily for her feedback on how to best bring Wonder Woman to the big screen; as opposed to, being in serious consideration to play the role herself. Therefore, it’s possible that the reason that the actress has been given more intimate details about the storyline for Batman vs. Superman could be so that she has a better understanding of what the state of things will be by the film’s conclusion.
But now there is the news that another actress Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion, Quantum of Solace, Max Payne), is already screen-testing for the part. This latest report claims that Wonder Woman most definitely be appearing in the anticipated sequel. The rumor comes courtesy of SchmoesKnow, According to the site the word comes from a “very reliable source,” but it’s important to emphasize that even if Kurylenko is being tested by Snyder and executive producer Christopher Nolan, that can simply mean she is being strongly considered.
Kurylenko may be familiar to movie fans due to her appearances in some ill-received films – Max Payne, Hitman and Quantum of Solace among them – but has drawn more positive buzz in recent years thanks to the likes of Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion and Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder (in which she played love interest to Ben Affleck).
If this is the case (as it seems to be), then this rumor can be taken as yet another sign that Warner Bros. is absolutely on the hunt for a Wonder Woman, with both Alexander and Kurylenko being given special attention. Going by previous performances, Alexander would seem to have the edge; then again, Kurylenko has exhibited some serious range over the course of her career. It will be interesting to see how fans react to her name being tossed into the discussion.
Now next up is the rumor that Dick Grayson Aka ‘Nightwing‘ will also be making an appearance in the movie, Latino-Review is claiming that Dick Grayson (a.k.a. the original Robin, then later Nightwing, and later Batman II, then Nightwing again) could be making an appearance in Batman vs. Superman. However, it’s important to mention that even L-R source El Mayimbe is quick to label this one as a RUMOR, since even he has been unable to confirm that this Grayson angle is indeed happening.
The scenario Mayimbe lays out is this: Ben Affleck’s Batman is tired and weary (which has been confirmed), and he seemingly had a falling out with his former sidekick, whom he has not spoken to in years. Beyond that, the circumstances that bring Grayson into the Batman vs. Superman story and conflict are not explained – nor is it clear whether the film would feature Dick Grayson, or one of his costumed alter-egos as well.
But According to The Wrap, Girls actor Adam Driver is already being eyed for the part. In addition to his recurring role on the hit HBO show, the 29-year-old Driver has appeared in several high-profile films, including Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, and the Coen brothers’ upcoming Inside Llewyn Davis.
While Driver may not exactly match the lantern-jawed Nightwing from the comics, the actor is actually a good physical fit for the role. Standing at an impressive 6’3″, Driver would more than hold his own against the 6’1″ Henry Cavill and the 6’4″ Ben Affleck. And if there’s one thing that Hollywood trainers are good at, it’s helping actors pack on muscle.
The real question is whether Driver can pull his weight dramatically in what might actually be a fairly tricky part. The Nightwing that will be featured in Batman vs. Superman isn’t on good terms with Batman. If the plot rumors are to be believed, the two characters haven’t spoken in years after some unknown falling out. Whomever takes over the role will have to make the audience believe that Nightwing and Batman once had a close relationship. In a big-budget superhero movie that’s jam-packed with action (and an abundance of possible new characters), getting that kind of character development across can be a challenge.
One thing that the I have been worried about – besides the Man of Steel team crafting this sequel, or Ben Affleck being Batman – is that an imbalance of detail and attention could turn this SUPERMAN sequel film in the BATMAN show. (Out of the many early criticisms of this film no one has seen, that is pretty valid one.) We just got done with Batman ruling the big screen, and while I personally thought Man of Steel was a beautiful reintroduction to Superman, a lot of people disagreed with that sentiment. In short: the new Superman still needs to win over some folks. Hard to do if he’s taking a back seat to an overpowering Batman storyline.
However, the film also has to reintroduce us to a new version of Batman and establish not only who he is, but what his world is all about. Doing that right, without also over-doing it, is going to be tough; toss in some long history and a failed partnership, it gets even tougher. Think about this another way: sure, Dick Grayson could be used as plot device – a way to provide quick expository background on who Bruce Wayne/Batman is – but would a quick cameo be enough?
And if there really is going to be Wonder Woman thrown into this as well? Because at that point this all starts to sound more like a Justice League origin story, than a Batman vs. Superman movie. Seeing the ‘World’s Finest’ matching wits is juicy enough – do you really need all the extra bells and whistles?
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