Casting Rupert Evans as Superman in Justice League?

Who will play Superman in the new Justice League of America Movie? Our friends at Dark Horizons are now reporting a rumor that Rupert Evans might have nabbed the role in a London SoHo casting session three weeks ago.

The 30-year-old British actor is best known as rookie agent John Myers in Guillermo Del Toro’s Hellboy, although he has appeared in a few television movies and appeared in a couple tv guest spots. Evans graduated from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, and also has a background in theatre. His publicity materials list him as 5’10”, which is almost a half-foot shorter than the character’s traditional height. Brandon Routh is 6’3” and Christopher Reeve was 6’4”. He seems like a bad choice from where I’m sitting.

George Miller Casts Justice League of America

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After months of rumors, George Miller is currently hard at work casting Justice League of America. Miller has been in Los Angeles since Saturday, auditioning a lot of young actors in a marathon casting session that started Sunday and continues through Monday. And by young actors, I mean YOUNG ACTORS. This is starting to look more like a Teen Titans movie.

Apparently, Miller wants actors who will be able to grow into their roles over the course of several movies. Did you read that? SEVERAL MOVIES. Until now it has been highly reported that Warner Bros wanted to use this team-up film as a launching pad for eventual single super-hero franchises. It appears that might be the long term plans, but Miller is looking to do more than one JLA movie.

According to Hollywood Reporter, 35 to 40 actors are set to test for Justice League, including: Adam Brody (The O.C.), Joseph Cross (Running With Scissors), D.J. Cotrona (Windfall), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Grindhouse), Michael Angarano (Sky High), Teresa Palmer (Wolf Creek), Max Thieriot (Jumper), rapper Common, Friday Night Lights stars Minka Kelly, Adrianne Palicki and Scott Porter. According to the report, the test included no costumes, and script pages.

Miller should be making some tough decisions by mid-week, which means we’ll be finding out the casting of f Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter probably by month’s end.

More Justice League Plot Details

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Entertainment Weekly has gotten their hands on some Justice League Script details. They have confirmed that all seven original members of the Justice League are featured (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and the Martian Manhunter). But this is something we’ve already known thanks to a previous leak report. But here is the real shocker, EW claims that the movie is “an origins story about the superhero conglomerate” while our previous report led me to believe that the story began years after the JLA had already formed.

The plot revolves around villainous businessman Maxwell Lord and involves cyborgs called OMACs (One-Man Army Corps), who can take over humans and turn them into killing machines. There are epic battles between Superman and Batman, as well as Superman and Wonder Woman.

The magazine also offers a character breakdown, but nothing new is revealed here.

Jessica Biel is No Wonder Woman

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 Jessica Biel will not be playing Wonder Woman in the Justice League of America Movie after all. Earlier this week it was first reported that Biel was officially in talks for the role. But now Entertainment Weekly reports that Biel has officially passed on the role. Comic Book fans around the world rejoice! May-be now they’ll find a good actress, whose body and stature more suits the role.

It should also be noted that earlier this week, it was also reported that Australian actress Victoria Hill had recently auditioned for the role. If you can’t find a better actress with name value, Hill seems perfectly fit for the super amazon role.

Did You Know: Hard Candy director David Slade (30 Days of Night) was actually originally hired to helm the Justice League of America movie (to be titled “Justice League“)?

According to IESB, Slade was on board with the project for three full weeks, complete with production office, before Warner Bros started to become scared by the ever ballooning budget. Apparently when the budget grew to over $160 million, studio executives decided that it would be better to go with a more experienced director. That is when George Miller was brought on to replace Slade.

It would have been more interesting with Slade attached, but Miller is also a equally good choice. I’m interested to see what David did with 30 Days of Night, as like many, I was very impressed with Hard Candy when I saw it at it’s midnight premiere at Sundance 2005.

Justice League of America Spoilers Revealed

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Patrick Sauriol has scored a bunch of exclusive spoiler leaks from George Miller’s upcoming Justice League of America live-action movie. Don’t read any further if you don’t want to know abything about the characters or plot of the film.

The film will feature Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, a John Stewart version of Green Lantern, The Flash and Martian Manhunter. Where did Aquaman go? I thought he was the sole reason for all the motion capture 3D animation talk a while back? And he’s certainly a better character than Martian Manhunter. The Flash will supposedly have a crush on Wonder Woman (ugh), but who wouldn’t. He is also the youngest member of the super-group. Wonder Woman acts as defacto humanitarian (ala Angelina Jolie) for the group. Batman has a device called “Redeye” which allows him to spy on other league members so that if a JLA that goes rogue or becomes a villain. But the main villain in the film (unnamed at this point) gains control of the Redeye device, and uses it against the JLA and the human race. And at some point Batman goes bad, whatever that means. So far I’m really not digging this plot, but I do like that the film is not being used as a group origin/team-up story.

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The question of the week has now become: Who will play Wonder Woman in George Miller’s Justice League of America live-action movie. Yesterday we reported that Australian actress Victoria Hill had recently auditioned for the role. And now EW‘s industry sources are saying that Jessica Biel (The Illusionist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) is in talks to swing the lasso of truth. Biel’s reps say that it’s way too early to know if a deal will happen, and Warner Bros. won’t confirm the rumor, of course.

But isn’t Biel just a little too small for the role? The superhero is probably best known for her curvaceous long legs, but Jessica is only 5’7½” and that’s according to her publicity materials (read: probably shorter). The modern day Wonder Woman character stands around 6’3″ while the older version was much shorter (5’11” was “amazonian” height for a woman in the 1960’s).

Biel hasn’t really impressed me, and neither has the concept/character of Wonder Woman (invisible plane? lasso of truth?), although if you’re going to do it at all – do it right. I hope that Warner Bros finds someone much more suitable for this role.

Australian actress Victoria Hill is one of the who knows how many contenders for the role of Wonder Woman in the upcoming Warner Bros The Justice League of America live action film. Hill supposedly did a screen test audition for the role in George Miller’s upcoming DC Comics adaptation.

Hill played Lady MacBeth in the 2006 Geoffrey Wright adaptation, and was most recently seen in the indie adaptation of December Boys. Others might remember Hill from her two episode stint as Waltraute on Xena: Warrior Princess.

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JLA Variety has finally confirmed that George Miller (Happy Feet) will direct a big screen adaptation of The Justice League of America.

Yeah, we know, this news leaked onto the internet on August 1st, but the trade papers are slow, and Warner Bros took a while to make an official announcement. Justice League will likely feature the characters of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash and Aquaman. Brandon Routh and Christian Bale will most likely not be involved in this project. The studio is said to be in the preliminary stages of the casting process. They better get going if they hope to start before the strike early next year.

Variety also confirmed the rumors from IESB that the studio had explored making the film using computer generated animation, but the final decision was made to do a “special effects driven live action” movie.

George MillerThe movie will go into production before the strike, and will target theaters for a 2009 rlease. So yes again, Variety has piggybacked on all the detective work that was done by the movie news website community. And Peter Bart sits in a corner smugly insulting bloggers.

The project was first announced in February 2007. Kiernan and Michele Mulroney were hired to write a big screen Justice League of America movie.

The JLA first appeared in February 1960. The original line-up consists of: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter. But the team has gown to also include Green Arrow, Atom, Hawkman, Black Canary, Captain Marvel, Plastic Man, Zatanna and others. The Jusice League spawned several cartoon television series, including the cult 1960-70’s Super Friends. Justice League Unlimited is currently aired on the Cartoon Network.

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ObsessedwithFilm is reporting that casting has begun on the Justice League of America movie in New York, Vancourver and Toronto. Warner Bros have hired casting directors Susan Shopmaker (The Holiday, Mean Girls), Michelle Allen (Dead Like Me) and RDC Casting (The Shipping News), and sides have been posted for multiple roles on an industry audition site Showfax. However, the roles are all listed under vague codenames like “Male Option #1″, and the actual sides available to subscribers are actually scenes taken from Sidney Lumet’s Networ, Rob Reiner’s Few Good Men, and Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting. You can see some of the sides here, here and here. Thanks to green of the SHH forums and moviehole for the info.

Having two of the casting offices in Canada seems to indicate that some (or much) of the filming may take place up north. Vancouver also happens to be the same place where Smallville tapes, which may further fuel the rumors of Tom Welling playing Superman (despite public denials from bough Alfred Gough and Welling’s management).