Think I’m Coming Down with a Case of Bat Fever

Against my better judgement, I’m starting to get excited for more live action Batman stuff. I’m bound to be disappointed, I know. But this moment is the reason we are fans. Twitter teases and casting announcements that lead to forum posts full of speculation — often times, it’s the buildup to a thing that is more exciting than the thing itself. And during these last two days, I have officially shifted from being cautiously optimistic about future Bat offerings like Gotham and the Superman sequel I hope isn’t called Batman Vs. Superman to being the easily excitable fanboy that gets giddy about stuff like this.

We’ll start with Gotham. And then we’ll talk about that picture at the top of this post.

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The Many Faces of Cyborg

Last night, the internet lit up with the news of yet another JLAer being added to the so-called Man of Steel sequel. Broadway star Ray Fisher has officially been cast to play Victor Stone (aka Cyborg) in the upcoming superhero epic, leading most fans to think “why doesn’t Warner Brothers just call this movie Justice League already?”

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Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor… Wait… Wha?

So yeah. That happened.

If you haven’t heard, the Oscar-nominated actor has been cast as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. Oscar winner Jeremy Irons has also been tapped to play Alfred Pennyworth in the film (which has been pushed to Summer 2016). Best know for portraying Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, Eisenberg’s name wasn’t on anyone’s radar for the role — those names belonged to folks like Bryan Cranston and Joaquin Phoenix, to name two. So this news was definitely… unexpected.

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Top 15 DC Characters Jason Momoa Could Play in Man of Steel 2

by J. Lamb and Jenn

Earlier today, Keith posted a strong plea for Jason Momoa — who is currently in negotiations to join the cast of Man of Steel 2to play the role of Lobo. Keith’s not alone; the internet rumour mill has been spinning full-force since yesterday’s announcement, with plenty of speculation about whom Momoa might play from Doomsday to, well… Doomsday.

After the jump, here are 15 other DC superheroes Jason Momoa could bring to life in Man of Steel 2.

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Jason Momoa as Lobo by CC-Scorsese

Jason Momoa MUST Play Lobo in Man of Steel 2

I will accept no other casting. It is too fraggin’ perfect.

Ever since news broke that Jason Momoa (aka Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones or Conan from, well, Conan the Barbarian) was in talks to join the cast of the movie I refuse to call Batman Vs. Superman, I could think of no other role other than the Main Man himself. While speculation on who he might be playing has ranged from characters as different as Martian Manhunter, Bizarro, Doomsday, and Metallo, one thing is for sure, the dude is the spitting image of the Scourge o’ the Cosmos.

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Holy Questionable Casting Choices, Batman: Ben Affleck is Batfleck!

The Nerd Collective suffered major heart palpitations last night.

Warner Brothers announced yesterday that Batman, rumored to be reintroduced in the upcoming Superman sequel as a first step towards an eventual Justice League movie, is going to be played by Ben Affleck.

You read that right: Ben freakin’ Affleck.

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Affleck? At Least He was the Bomb in Phantoms

Around 9pm last night, the internet basically broke in half upon news that Warner Bros. had cast Ben Affleck as Batman in the still-unnamed sequel to Man of Steel (now officially scheduled to hit theaters on July 17, 2015). My initial reaction was surprise, but not anger, and especially not the seething fanboy rage that took over my twitter and Facebook feeds shortly thereafter. Sure, #Batfleck isn’t the most obvious choice, but if Bat-history is any indication, the success of any actor’s ability to play a Batman role is inversely proportional to the amount of internet outrage that occurs during the initial casting announcement.

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