Casting, Casting, and More Casting!
The past week has seen some whirlwind casting announcements in the world of comic book movies. Actors were removed from films, added, and as always, rumored for roles. However, last week saw so much activity that it was almost too much to keep up with. Films like Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, and Man of Steel 2 all had a flurry of casting announcements, sometimes multiple in a single day. While there’s a ton of news to sort through, let’s focus first on Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is now without a certain Mary Jane Watson.
Shailene Woodley was supposed to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as Mary Jane Watson. I say “supposed” because it was announced last week that she has been pushed back to the third film. While that ‘s all well and good, there’s a new rumor going around that Woodley will be recast in the film. The alleged reasons for this range from Woodley’s starring role in the hoped to be blockbuster Divergent film, to Sony reacting to the (unfortunate) online rage that occurred when leaked photos of the actress going to the make up trailer were posted online.
While Woodley wasn’t my first choice to play Mary Jane, I sincerely hope that the decision to recast her (if true) isn’t because of the online reactions to those pictures a few months back. However, if she IS recast, I hope Sony finds an actress who fits the role (in my mind, that’s Deborah Ann Woll from True Blood). It sucks that Woodley is being let go, but at the end of the day, with the amount of characters that Amazing Spider-Man already has, I understand the story reasons for letting MJ go this time.
On the flip side, Man of Steel has already announced a sequel, and with that comes a certain nemesis for Superman. A nemesis that’s bald, wealthy, and extremely badass: Lex Luthor. Luthor is one of my favorite villains in comics, and I’m eagerly awaiting the news of who will be portraying him this time around. It’s heavily rumored that Mark Strong is the frontrunner (and Zack Snyder’s top pick). He’s awesome and would do a fantastic job, but he’s already played Sinestro in Green Lantern, which while technically wasn’t a villain role (yet), it could throw a wrench in any future Green Lantern movies (of which I doubt there will be any).
I personally would love to see Billy Zane as Lex. Yes, he hasn’t been in any movies since Titantic, but look at him. Seriously, just look at him. He looks like the Luthor from Superman: The Animated Series. There are other rumors of Bryan Cranston being another contender for the role, and as insanely crazy good as that would be, I highly doubt Cranston would go for the role.
Oh, I almost forgot about X-Men: Days of Future Past. Long story short: there’s too many characters being put into this movie. It seems like there’s a new one announced every day. Unless Fox announces at SDCC that Future Past will be split into too movies, my hope for the film will continue to shrink with every new cast member added.