'Man of Steel 2' Wants Matt Damon as ... (wait for it) Aquaman

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Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 01:00 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Matt Damon's name has popped up again in the "Man of Steel 2" and possible "Justice League" movie discussions as filming prepares to begin for a sequel to the successful reincarnation of the Superman franchise. And who would Jason Bourne play? Aquaman.

Damon's name was mentioned in connection to playing Aquaman in the franchise, according to The Wrap. Damon's longtime friend and co-Oscar winning pal Ben Affleck, is officially signed on to play Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel, tentative titled "Batman vs. Superman," scheduled out in May, 2016.

"One casting rumor that has been circulating around Hollywood for more than a year is that Affleck's close friend and collaborator Matt Damon is being sought to play Aquaman, though to be fair, Jason Momoa has also been rumored for that role (among others), and he is expected to appear in 'Batman vs. Superman' in some unknown capacity," wrote The Wrap's Jeff Sneider.

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In a Wall Street Journal story posted Sunday, Warner Bros. president of world production confirmed to writer Ben Fritz that studio plans to pursue a "Justice League" movie, based off of DC Comics' "Justice League" books, after the "Man of Steel" sequel.

The Journal reported that a "Justice League" movie would include Henry Cavill in the role of Superman along with Affleck as Batman. It would also include Gal Gadot, who has appeared in the "Fast & Furious" series, as Wonder Woman. Gadot is expected to appear in "Batman vs. Superman."

"It will be a further expansion of this universe," said Silverman. "('Batman vs. Superman') will lead into 'Justice League.'"

Marvel Studio has had success combing its comic book characters into a single movie universe with "The Avengers" series of movies. "Marvel's The Avengers," which brought together Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk, which all had their own individual movies, turned into box office gold in 2012, according to Box Office Mojo.

"Marvel's The Avengers" became the third biggest box office hit of all-time, raking in $1.5 billion and the studio is now producing its second round of individual movies leading to the next Avengers movie next year. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" has pulled in $226 million domestically, the second highest box office take this year and is closing in on "The Lego Movie," which has $252 million in ticket sales so far, per Box Office Mojo.

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