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Exclusive : The A-lister that could’ve had Batman after Affleck

Before the studio and Reeves decided to go for a younger actor

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Bit of an interesting tidbit on Matt Reeves’ long-gestating film formerly known as ‘The Batman’.

Now, you only have to scrawl around the w’s to see that news scribes are more engrossed in who of the younger generation might get the main part, and rightly so, considering it’s been revealed that director Reeves wants someone younger than 35 to be his Bruce Wayne. But for a brief period of time there, shortly after Warner Bros and Ben Affleck parted ways on the film, the studio were fleetingly looking at casting someone of a similar age to Affleck in the title role – and have it be the same Caped Crusader we’ve been watching for the past few years (lot less effort than having to reintroduce another Batman to the screens, so soon after “Batman vs. Superman”, after all.)

And it’ll surprise no one to know who was the studio’s pick to take over for Affleck on the new standalone film.

Bradley Cooper.

Not only a favorite at Warner Bros, thanks to his starring turns in “The Hangover” trilogy, “American Sniper”, “The Mule” and, especially, “A Star is Born”, but also one of the biggest names in film right now.

And yeah, he would’ve probably been fantastic.

Of course, that didn’t get too far (guessing it was something Cooper wouldn’t have been interested in), and the plan was quickly changed so that a new, younger caped crusader would be introduced to the audiences in the film but still, a nice ‘what if?’.

It won’t be Cooper but Warner Bros are said to be still chasing a ‘name’ for the film, so it’ll be interesting to see who ultimately lands the gig.

”The Batman” opens in theaters on June 25, 2021.

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Exclusive : The Flash’s Harrison Wells as an Aussie?

Cavanagh on the version of Wells we’ll see in season 6

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Tom Cavanagh – the scene-stealing, dynamite performer who plays many incarnations of Dr Harrison Wells on TV’s “The Flash” – tells Moviehole that this season’s version of Wells was nearly an Australian.

“He was almost an Aussie. We played with that idea. I love Australia and I’d love to do that version. We ended up going with something different — but we were very close to making him Australian. I think it’s possible a future version will indeed be from Down Under.”

Cavanagh, who said a big appeal for him in doing the show is playing the many versions of Wells each season, said the version of the character we’ll see this year isn’t someone we’ve seen before.

“It’s a new character. You’re going to really, really dig it.”

“The Flash” returns for its 6th season on The CW in October.

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Exclusive : Brandon Routh on the version of Superman he’ll play in Crossover

The actor will step back into the tights for “Crisis on Infinite Earths”

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Update! : It was revealed the following day  – at Comic-Con – that Routh will be playing the ‘Kingdom Come’ version of Superman.

 

One of our favourite supermen is inheriting his ‘S’ again.

As reported yesterday, the upcoming Arrowverse crossover will see Brandon Routh – ‘Superman’ in “Superman Returns” (2006) – reprise the Man of Steel for ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths”, which kicks off in December

Speaking to Routh last night, the top question on the ‘must ask’ deck was “are you you reprising the same Superman from Superman Returns!”

“No, he’s not the same Superman  (from the film)”, Routh tells Moviehole. “He’s a different version.. but there are some similarities.”

Routh plays Ray Palmer on The CW’s “Legends of Tomorrow”. We can only assume it’s Palmer who dons the Superman suit on an alternative Earth. Guess we’ll find out..

 

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Exclusive : Paws for news on another Catwoman contender

Plus Vanessa Kirby also said to be in contention!

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Vanessa Kirby, the leggy, versatile Brit that’s helped fill out the credits blocks on such films as “Mission Impossible : Fallout” and “Hobbs & Shaw”, is in contention to play Gotham’s meowing marauder, Catwoman in “The Batman”.

The news hails from the reliable (they were the first on the scene with Robert Pattinson’s anointment as Batman – and I wish they’d gotten more credit where it was due for that one), amiable gang at Geeks Worldwide, just as we’re hearing another name-  Florence Pugh.

Like Kirby, another versatile Brit.

While the “Fighting with my Family” scene-stealer is high on WB’s wish list for Selina Kyle, her involvement in Marvel’s “Black Widow” – she plays the new lass being primed for the ‘Black Widow’ moniker, so it’s a big role and one that will likely require reprising in the years to come -could prove a problem. While it does happen, appearing in both a DC and Marvel franchise around the same time isn’t usually the norm… if only because the studio’s don’t care to mix commodities. Still, she remains an interest.

The Purgh tip is solid, and from a good tipster (last tip from this cat turned out to be 100% accurate), but with more and more actresses  said to be meeting with the studio about the part (Vanessa Hudgens is also said to be in contention), could that “Black Widow” commitment be hurting her chances to snag the feline tail?

Interestingly enough, Kirby is slightly older than the other actresses said to be in the mix – so it could be that casting has decided to go for a Catwoman of similar age to their Batman (Pattinson).

Vanessa Kirby

Kirby, 31, would be the first actress to play live-action Ms Kyle since Anne Hathaway’s take in “The Dark Knight Rises”. Director Matt Reeves has promised us a ‘rogue’s gallery’ of villains in the film – and he’s not fibbing, with The Riddler, The Penguin and Two-Face also reportedly in the flick.

The film, set for a June 2021 release, kicks off principal photography early in the New Year.

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