Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice already feels crowded. What could have been a straight sequel to Man of Steel that focused solely on Superman (Henry Cavill) and pushed past his origin story now includes heroes Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and Aquaman (Jason Momoa) as well as Supes’ requisite arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), and Bats’ requisite butler Alfred (Jeremy Irons). There are also returning characters (Lois Lane, Perry White, Ma Kent) plus unnamed characters played by Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, and Scoot McNairy. Now there’s word of four new characters joining the party.
Hit the jump for more on possible Batman v Superman villains, and click here for the first official shot from the sequel of Cavill as Superman. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens May 6, 2016, and also stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane. [Possible spoilers ahead.]
According to Latino Review, a collection of secondary villains could be in the mix for Batman v Superman. First up there’s Victor Zsazs, a serial killer who has scarred up his body to count his many kills. He’s pretty gross, but he’s on the low-end of the spectrum when it comes to a bad guy that can truly challenge Batman. Based on his build in the comics, he could be a good fit for Mulvey or McNairy.
Moving on, Lex Luthor’s mouthpiece Morgan Edge is supposedly in the movie. “We meet Edge early on when he goes toe to toe with Lois Lane in a television talk show,” reports Latino Review. LR also speculates that this role would go to McNairy, and that’s not much of a stretch either, although I think it would be more fun to see McNairy as Zsazs.
Then there’s David Cain, an assassin in his 50s “who meets with Luthor’s bodyguard Mercy Graves to set up an assassination.” Mulvey has the grizzled look of someone who could fit Cain’s description, so that wouldn’t be much of a surprise if that’s where the 300: Rise of an Empire actor lands.
It’s also important to keep in mind that nothing prevents the movie from announcing new pieces of casting, and if this next addition is to be believed, they’ll almost certainly have to.
The heaviest hitter among the rumored new characters is Amanda Waller. Waller, who is African-American, is an important character in the comics. LR says Waller is a senator in the movie, she considers Superman a serious threat, “and comes up with a counter measure” that Latino Review won’t spoil. It’s worth noting that Waller previously showed up in Green Lantern as “Doctor Waller”. The character was played by Angela Bassett, but I assume they’ll recast the role. If Waller is in the movie, I would also assume she could also factor heavily into other DC movies, especially Justice League.
Again, these are all rumors. If these characters do show up, I would expect all of them, with perhaps the exception of Waller, to play small roles. However, these are more additions in a cast that already feels bloated with important characters like Wonder Woman and Aquaman who need to have screen time. Start throwing in pieces like Waller and the picture gets even bigger.
Am I the only one who’s starting to feel uneasy about all of this?