Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled to be released in theaters in May of next year, which is almost a year ahead of the date originally announced by Warner Brothers. Zack Snyder’s sequel to 2013’s polarizing Man of Steel is currently experiencing ridiculous amounts of hype, but it remains to be seen whether the film can live up to expectations. As is normally the case whenever a major blockbuster is announced, a host of new rumors have manifested around the Superman sequel, including discussions of possible villains who may make an appearance.
As some fans already know, Lex Luthor will be serving as the film’s primary antagonist. Jesse Eisenberg, who rose to fame after starring in films such as Zombieland (2009) and The Social Network (2010), has officially been casted as Superman’s arch nemesis. Additionally, most of the supporting cast from of Man of Steel will be reprising their roles in Dawn, including Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne, who portrayed love interest Lois Lane and editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet Perry White, respectively.
Supplementing these announcements are rumors of a host of new faces. There have been speculations surrounding DC super villain Doomsday for some time. No official statement on that matter has yet been released, but other hints may prove to be almost as tantalizing for some. There are unconfirmed reports Victor Zsasz, David Cain, Morgan Edge, and Amanda Waller will all feature in the upcoming film.
These should be familiar names for people well-versed in DC comic lore. Victor Zsasz is a serial killer with the disquieting habit of carving tally marks into his body to keep track of his victims. David Cain is a contract killer. Morgan Edge is a former associate of Lex Luthor and president of the Galaxy Broadcasting System. Amanda Waller is a U.S. congresswoman responsible for organizing a group of super villains known as the Suicide Squad. These new villains are currently still rumored, and it remains unclear what purpose, if any, they will serve in the Superman sequel.
Dawn is already set to feature a hefty number of characters, and these potential new cast additions could leave the film feeling overstuffed and disjointed. Both Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons) are confirmed to appear in the sequel. Additional rumors, while unsubstantiated by any source within Warner Brothers, are hinting Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) will be portraying the anti-hero Aquaman.
This is not the first superhero film to feature a veritable onslaught of supporting characters. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 is widely regarded as having tried to juggle too many villains, which ultimately led to the cohesion of the film suffering. More recently, Marc Webb elected to try a similar formula in 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Webb’s version received mix results, partially due to a lack of balance. It would appear Marvel has not yet mastered the art of achieving character development amongst a wide array of individuals without losing story elements. Maybe DC will develop the proper structure.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice may be the most anticipated film in recent years. With rumors of new villains being added to the Superman sequel, it remains to be seen whether the film will deliver upon its promise or collapse under its own magnitude.
By Samuel Williams