We haven’t been hearing much on the casting front for Batman vs. Superman after news that Wonder Woman will be making an appearance in the film and that Gal Gadot will be playing her. But just when you think the movie couldn’t pack anymore punch, Variety is reporting that Joaquin Phoenix may be following up his great performance in Her with a role as the main villain in Batman vs. Superman.
Sources tell Variety that the studio wants the Oscar-winning actor for a role in the upcoming untitled Batman-Superman pic. However, it’s very early in the process and even if Warners offers Phoenix a role, it’s not clear he would accept as the actor has steered clear of big-budget pics in the past few years, leaning towards movies with a more prestige feel.
This could be a huge move for Warner Bros to add yet another Oscar caliber name to the cast that already includes Ben Affleck as Batman. The stakes are high for Warner Bros and DC as they are now in direct competition with Marvel Studios. One of the things that Marvel has been able to do is attract big names to it’s franchises and warner Bros is clearly trying to one up them by adding Oscar caliber talent to their roster of movies.
Nothin is official yet but this is a huge move that could change the game in a big bad way for Warner Bros and Batman vs. Superman.