On Friday, we reported on some names of young actors started to appear on various sites purporting to be the final casting choices for some of the heroes and villains who will be featured in Warner Brothers upcoming superhero film Justice League.
As the weekend has gone on and no official announcement has been forthcoming, more names have leaked out to the internet press and, as could probably be expected, some are contradicting the rumors set in motion on Friday.
The new rumors hitting the web place relative newcomer Armie Hammer as Batman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman and Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman.
While everyone seemed convinced on Friday that Friday Night Lights series star Scott Porter was going to head up the cast as Superman, IESB is reporting that the actor didn’t even read for the part, but had been up against Adrian Brody for the part of The Flash. Meanwhile, Superhero Hype states that D J Cotrona will be the Man of Steel. Superhero Hype is also reporting that it is Anton Yelchin, not Adrian Brody, who will be playing the Flash. Yelchin is currently playing the part of young Pavel Chekov in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek relaunch.
All of these rumors may be moot, though, as the Hollywood Reporter ran a story today which stated that the screenplay for the film was not ready and that if the Writers Guild strike didn’t end soon so the script can be polished, options on the cast would expire and the whole process would have to start over.
I find this news odd as in the weeks running up to the strike, Justice League was one of the high profile titles being touted as ready to go and wouldn’t be impacted by the writers’ walkout. Are there second thoughts at Warner Brothers? The names here seem to trend young – Hammer is all of 21 years old, an age that seems rather young for the role – and fans have been vocal in their opposition to a cast that would look like a CW network teen drama in spandex. Could the studio be using the strike and alleged script problems as a way of disposing this first group of actors that Miller has assembled and placing the blame on the strike?