Warning: the following post contains potential spoilers for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, so consider this fair warning to retreat to your Fortress of Solitude before reading any further.
The superhero scooper sleuths at Latino Review has dropped a doozy of a scoop for geeks everywhere for the 4th of July holiday weekend- according to their sources, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is going to include three more villains, aside from the ones we already know, all straight from the comics, and one character that isn’t quite a bad guy, but is known for giving the heroes of the DC Universe a hard time in the comics as well as in various animated incarnations.
The first villain we’re said to be seeing is Victor Zsasz, described as “A serial killer Batman fights early on in Gotham City. He usually kills with just a knife and carves a tally mark somewhere on himself for every victim.” That pretty much fits in with his character from the original comics to a tee. David Goyer apparently really likes the (somewhat) C-list Batman villain, because he also gave him a cameo, seen in court as well as an inmate in Arkham Asylum, in Batman Begins, which he also wrote. I have a hard time imagining his role in this movie being much bigger. It’s safe to say, given the title, Batman has bigger fish to fry in this movie.
The second baddie from El Mayimbe’s report is a Superman villain; If you can even call him a villain, he’s more of an annoying antagonist. Morgan Edge is described by Latino Review as “Lex Luthor’s mouth piece”, a corporate PR flack. “We meet Edge early on when he goes toe to toe with Lois Lane in a television talk show,” the report continues. “In the movie’s backstory, Edge and Luthor were members of the most notorious gangs ever to come out of Hob’s Bay.” Morgan Edge was originally introduced in the comics back in the seventies, as a media mogul who buys the Daily Planet for Galaxy Communications. In later comics, he’s a powerful media pundit, with the show Edge of Reason, where he gives off anti-Superman spin. My bet is they’ll go with this version.
The third bad guy reveal is David Cain, described as “one of the world’s deadliest assassins, in his fifties, who meets with Luthor’s bodyguard Mercy Graves to set up an assassination.” In the comics, Cain is maybe most famous for being the father of Cassandra Cain, the second Batgirl.
Finally, it appears that we’re getting an appearance from “the Wall” herself, Amanda Waller. It looks like in this version, she’ll be introduced as “a very stern and focused senator with an intimidating presence. She doesn’t trust Superman. At all. Sees him as a threat and comes up with a counter measure that I won’t spoil.” This version of Amanda Waller sounds very much like the version we saw in the Justice League Unlimited animated series from a few years back, which is not a bad template to use. She will also probably not be played by Angela Bassett this time. Just a guess.
So what do you guys think? Is this just too many darn characters for one movie to handle? Or do you think these will all be glorified cameos, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will turn out just fine? Sound off in the comments below.
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