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Nicolas Cage eyeing Joker role?

If there was ever an actor to split opinion like a warm knife through butter, it’s Nicolas Cage.

An Oscar-winning actor, who also has an incredible CV of bang average performances, Cage recently claimed that he would have liked to have played The Joker, sparking rumours that he may have an outside chance of landing the role in the upcoming Batman movie.

Cage recently channeled his inner Adam West as Big Daddy in 2010’s Kick-Ass, a rare green tick in the actor’s recent career.

Speaking to JoBlo, Cage said: “I mean, I think my comic book days are kind of … I’m on to other things.

“But I always thought I’d make a great Joker and I always thought that I would’ve been a good villain in one of the Marvel [movies] like Doctor Doom (from Fantastic Four). At this point if I was to go back into the format it would probably have to be as a villain.”

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With the DC Extended Universe already treading on eggshells following a barrage of terrible movies, it seems like an incredible risk to cast Cage in the role and one that is very unlikely.

Although it hasn’t been confirmed, Jared Leto is still in line to helm the Joker as he did in the much maligned Suicide Squad.

Additionally, Joaquin Phoenix is in line to play the role in Todd Phillips’ upcoming Martin Scorsese-inspired origin movie of the Joker.

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ALL superhero films coming out this year

We’re in February of a new year and a superhero film hasn’t been released…shocking I know. But don’t fret, Marvel’s Black Panther hits cinemas in the UK this week and to celebrate, here’s a look at all the superhero based movies released this year:

Black Panther – 13th February

Marvel’s first entry of the year hits cinemas just in time for Valentines Day. Early reviews suggest this could be one of the best and most significant of the Avengers movies with Chadwick Boseman donning the slashy title character’s suit.

Avengers: Infinity War – 27th April

Black Panther will make another appearance in this the third of the Avengers outings in which our favourite heroes square up to Josh Brolin’s Thanos. Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: Civil War) will be directing the latest chapter as well the climaxing sequel, with pretty much every MCU character featuring.

Deadpool 2 – 16th May

Our favourite foul-mouthed hero makes the much anticipated return and if the latest trailer that we were treated to last week is anything to go by, we’re in for plenty more blood and laughs. David Leitch takes over directing duties with Josh Brolin (yes, him again) playing Cable, Deadpool’s (Ryan Reynolds) latest enemy.

Incredibles 2 – 13th July

Sticking with Disney, although moving away Marvel, the long-awaited return of The Incredibles will end this summer. All the original characters return for Pixar’s latest offering although little has been given away premise wise.

Ant-Man and the Wasp – 3rd August

Back to Marvel and yet another sequel, with Paul Rudd joined by new sidekick Evangeline Lilly who dons the wasp suit seen at the end of the first movie. I think I speak for everyone when I say I’m most excited about Michael Pena reprising his role as Luis who stole the show in the original film.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix – 2nd November

Marvel’s final entry of the year is the latest X-Men offering where Sophie Turner is set to steal the show as Jean Grey AKA Phoenix. All the regulars return along with Jessica Chastain for the latest bout, with Simon Kinberg helming the project.

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Aquaman – 21st December

DC had a bang average 2017. Where Wonder Woman soared, Justice League flew it straight back down to earth. Incredibly, Aquaman (Jason Mamoa) wasn’t the most annoying aspect of the movie so there are high expectations for his stand-alone movie which is DC’s only entry this year.

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So there they are – which of these are you looking forward to the most?

Please note, all release dates are UK based.

Who might replace Ben Affleck as Batman?

It has been widely reported that Ben Affleck will not be returning to play the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Although the actor didn’t actively suggest he would be leaving the role in an interview last week for USA Today, he did say it is something he is contemplating. He went on to suggest: “You don’t do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of (the role).”

Affleck didn’t offer any reason for his doubts over the future of the role, but one thing could be down to the poor reception critically for the DC movies he has featured in. He has now portrayed Bruce Wayne aka Batman three times in two years now (Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League), but it’s looking increasingly likely that we will see someone new donning the cape in the stand-alone Batman movie. Here are some potential candidates for the role:

Jake Gyllenhaal

As it stands, Gyllenhaal is the favourite to don the cape after a report was released last week claiming he expressed interest in the role and even had meetings with director Reeves.

In the DCEU leaks section of Reddit an allegedly ‘incredibly reliable source at Warner Bros’ revealed “Gyllenhaal really wants the role, but the studio isn’t 100% sold on the idea yet.

Interestingly, the 36-year-old auditioned for the role of Batman in 2005 for Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins with the role of course going to Christian Bale instead.

Armie Hammer

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Having supposedly been chosen to play Batman in the 2008 version of Justice League that was scrapped, Hammer must surely feel that he has unfinished business when it comes to the role.

Hammer previously worked alongside Superman’s Henry Cavill in The Man From UNCLE where he portrayed a dark and dangerous spy which could work as some form of audition.

Colin Farrell

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In 2007, Will Smith’s I Am Legend featured a cool easter egg—a movie billboard layering the Batman and Superman logos together. This was when a Batman v Superman movie was originally planned – and Farrell was one of the front runners to play the Batman, despite Christian Bale filming The Dark Knight at that moment in time.

Farrell won’t be featuring in the next instalment of Fantastic Beasts, freeing up some time for him to possibly feature as the caped crusader, but at 41 years of age, it’s difficult to see him commit to the character.

Michael Fassbender

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It’s tough to see this one becoming a reality due to his commitments as Magneto in the X-Men franchise, but Fassbender would be a solid choice for the role.

His CV consists of some dark, gritty roles which have demonstrated why he would fit the ruthless persona of Bruce Wayne.

Again, at 40 years of age, it might be difficult for Fassbender to take on such a demanding character physically.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

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This is one of the more farfetched shouts but super-fan theories portray some form of logic. Morgan featured briefly in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice as Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s father.

One alternate timeline in the comics sees Thomas Wayne – not Bruce – become Batman. This theory does involves some form of time travel from The Flash which comic fans will be familiar with.

In addition, at 51, there’s little chance of Morgan being able to commit himself to the role – though fans of the TV series Negan would argue otherwise.

Keanu Reeves

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Somewhat of a wildcard in this list – especially considering how much of a factor age seems to be amongst the other candidates. But with that said, anyone who has watched Reeves resurrect his career in both John Wick films will know just how nimble the 53-year-old still is.

With John Wick 3 in the pipeline, it’s unlikely that Reeves would take on the role of Batman, but he has demonstrated that he would have been perfect for the role once upon a time.

 

12 Actors Who Have Featured In DC And Marvel Movies

Marvel and DC are titans and main rivals when it comes to the comic book superhero universe. That rivalry is really beginning to heat up with so many future releases from both parties set to drop in the next couple of years. Naturally there is going to be some form of crossover between both worlds so here’s a list of just some of the actors and actresses who have featured in both Marvel and DC movies:

Ben Affleck – Affleck is currently portraying Batman role for DC as seen in the Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and briefly in Suicide Squad, but he also donned the rather forgettable Daredevil outfit for Marvel – both were fairly terrible movies. He returns as the Dark Knight later this year in Justice League.

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Ryan Reynolds – Everyone now knows Reynolds as the foul-mouthed Deadpool, a distant member of the X-Men family for Marvel. He actually first played the anti-hero in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and also played Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity all the way back in 2004. His appearance for DC was definitely a low point in his career, playing the lead character in Green Lantern.

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Halle Berry – Obviously best known for her portrayal of Storm in the X-Men series, Berry took a quick trip to the DC universe in 2004 in the painfully awful Catwoman and returned to Marvel without ever looking back.

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Tommy Lee-Jones – Remember all those terrible Batman movies throughout the 90s? Lee-Jones featured in one of them, playing Harvey Dent/Two Face in Batman Forever – a role that he has since claimed he hated (as did we). Fast-forward 16 years and he appeared for Marvel, playing Colonel Chester Phillips in Captain America: The First Avenger, a slightly more commendable role.

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Laurence Fishburne – The Matrix cool guy cameoed in Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, playing Daily Planet editor Perry White. In 2007 he voiced the Silver Surfer in Marvel’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje – Spare a thought for Adewale who must have spent hours in makeup for both DC and Marvel roles. He featured in last year’s Suicide Squad as Killer Croc, so you can be forgiven for not recognising him in that. He also featured in Thor: The Dark World, playing Algrim/Kurse – again, caked in makeup and costume.

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Josh Brolin & Michael Fassbender – DC’s Jonah Hex was one of Hollywood’s glorious failures, financially and critically despite an impressive cast. Many of whom have gone on to much better things and these two in particular. Fassbender of course has had a couple of outings in the X-Men series as a younger Magneto in First Class and Days of Future Past. We may have only seen Brolin portraying Thanos briefly in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron but expect a larger role as the large headed villain in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War.

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James Marsden – One of Hollywood’s underrated sons, probably best known for playing Cyclops in the X-Men series before being killed off in The Last Stand. Like Berry, he jumped over to the DC world, featuring in 2006’s Superman Returns, reteaming with X-Men director Bryan Singer who made a similar leap.

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J.K Simmons – One of Simmons’ most loved characters is J. Jonah Jameson, the quippy news editor of the Daily Bugel in Marvel’s Spiderman of the noughties. Since then he has starred in the likes of Whiplash and Patriots Day, the latter of which portraying a glorious moustache. He will star as Commissioner Gordon in Justice League later this year probably thanks to his fantastic facial hair.

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Willem Dafoe – Dafoe featured alongside Simmons in Spiderman, playing the terrifying Green Goblin. He’ll be seen playing Nuidis Vulko in this year’s Justice League as well as the stand-alone Aquaman production in 2018.

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Michael Keaton – Despite doubts over the casting, Keaton did a good job of playing Bruce Wayne and his caped alter ego in Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989. He re-entered the superhero world in the alternative Oscar-winning Birdman a couple of years ago, but later this year he will be starring in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming fittingly playing the villainous Vulture.

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Batman/Superman – Bad move for Warner Bros?

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As announced at Comic-Con last week, in rather elaborate fashion, 2015
will see the coming together of Superman and Batman. So what does this mean for both franchises and everyone involved? Well I certainly have a number of concerns.

The release of Man of Steel was met with mixed acclaim. Box office figures would suggest it was a success, yet not quite as rewarding as Warner Bros were perhaps intending. In addition, critically the film earned mixed reviews. I for one believed it just failed to meet my expectations. All this leaves Man of Steel with a question mark regarding whether it really was a true success or not. Compare this to Christopher Nolan’s Batman however and the success is unparalleled. This therefore begs the question; are Warner Bros using the already successful Dark Knight as a ‘get out of jail’ for the Superman “failure”?

The second question that has to be raised is how Batman will be portrayed. Will the character be completely rebooted? We know that Christian Bale’s time as the masked crusader has come to an end and will therefore need replacing. And although nothing was fully confirmed at the time, rumours did suggest that Nolan himself was finished with the Batman saga, yet Warner Bros have confirmed the man behind the Dark Knight as the executive producer for the Superman/Batman feature.

Finally, we’ve seen previously how combining the worlds of various super heroes can work in Avengers Assemble which had rave success. However, conflicting Batman with any other superhero raises questions. Nolan made Batman a hero separate from all others and fundamentally more realistic too. Adding the Superman element will ultimately introduce a whole new supernatural touch to the Batman world, which of course is how it is in the DC universe – but this could ruin Nolan’s adaptation so soon after the Dark Knight series. Equally, Superman has his own world. He is the only hero and should remain separate from any other. Therefore the move to intertwine both characters suggests to me that Man of Steel just wasn’t quite as rewarding as Zack Snyder and Warner Bros had intended.

The Superman/Batman mash-up seems to have dissolved any potential plans for a Justice League feature for the time being. It seems Wonder Woman is next on the DC to do list and it may also take some rebooting to other characters before we see the Justice League altogether. What we already know is that Superman and Batman will be going head to head in 2015 and I for one would love the film to be a success. Yet my concerns heavily overlook my excitement and time will tell whether Warner Bros, Snyder and co can prove me wrong.