Did Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice just become even more crowded? If we are to believe this story that ran in the Belfast Telegraph over in the UK, then actress Emily Blunt is up for a role in the movie, a role said to possibly be Catwoman. I would take this news with not a grain, but perhaps a bucket of salt, but when it comes to this movie, I think we’ve learned that just about anything is possible. A year ago I doubt many thought Wonder Woman or Cyborg would be in it, and yet, here they are.
Here are some reasons why I think this might be true: Emily Blunt’s name has been circling superhero movies for quite a long time now and for one reason or another, she keeps either turning them down or getting passed over for them. She was up for the part of Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, and then that went to Haley Atwell. Marvel also reportedly wanted her to play Black Widow in Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2, a part that eventually went to Scarlett Johansson. So she’s at least considered doing these kinds of movies, but for some reason it keeps not happening.
The second reason I think it might be true is that we all know that this movie is a set up for Justice League (I mean, “Dawn of Justice” isn’t exactly being coy) and with all the flak that Star Wars Episode VII (deservedly) got for not having more female roles, Warner Brothers might not want to have Wonder Woman be the only female in a big boy band. So why not other female league members like Black Canary, Hawkgirl or Zatanna you might ask? Well, Canary is on Arrow now, and I don’t think we’ll be seeing either character in a JL movie. Hollywood is still sexist enough that they probably want to introduce Hawkman before Hawkgirl, and Zatanna is just one step too quirky for this movie, and probably a bit too much like Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Aside from Wonder Woman, Catwoman is arguably DC’s second most iconic female character, a true household name. And the fact that she was made a member of the Justice League of America in the comics last year might not be a coincidence. If she is in this movie, I expect it to be a cameo setting up a bigger role in Justice League, which is also what I expect for Cyborg too. Stranger things have happened.
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