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Superhero News: “Avengers 2,” “Ant-Man,” “Batman vs. Superman,” “The Flash”

Check out all the casting news and various tidbits about The Avengers 2, Ant-Man, Batman vs. Superman, and The CW’s The Flash.

Paul Bettany will play Vision in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Variety confirms that British actor Paul Bettany, who voices Tony Stark’s computerized companion JARVIS, will play Vision in next year’s sequel to The Avengers. Vision starts off as the villainous henchman for Ultron, the main baddie in The Avengers 2, before becoming a hero and eventually a member of The Avengers. And despite differences in their biological makeup (or lack thereof in Vision’s case), Vision is also a longtime love interest for Wanda Maximoff AKA Scarlet Witch, who will be portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen.

Ms. Marvel might show up, too.

According to Latino Review, there is still a little bit of casting left to be done on Age of Ultron. “Oh yeah, Ms. Marvel is the last piece of major casting left in the movie. Yeah, Ms. Marvel. Now, I’m not going to spoil HOW she is in it, but she is in there kids. The question now is who is going to play her? Katee Sackhoff was originally rumored so it will be interesting to see who Marvel gets for that part.” Nothing is confirmed, and if Ms. Marvel does show up, it’ll most likely be for a cameo to set up her own solo movie. Hopefully, she goes by her current comic book moniker, Captain Marvel. But what’s exciting is that we could finally be getting a female superhero movie!

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Michael Douglas will play Hank Pym.

Back when it was announced that Paul Rudd would headlining the Ant-Man movie, we assumed he’d be playing Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man and a founding member of The Avengers. But it turns out that 69-year-old actor Michael Douglas will be portraying Hank, with Rudd in the role of Scott Lang, who shows up in Marvel NOW’s FF series. In the comics, Scott Lang starts off as a thief who steals Hank’s Ant-Man suit in order to help his ailing daughter. Seeing that Scott isn’t actually a bad guy, Hank lets Scott keep the Ant-Man suit and Scott goes on to become the second Ant-Man.

Evangeline Lilly is in talks to play the female lead in Ant-Man.

Names like Rashida Jones and Bryce Dallas Howard were being thrown around as possible female leads, but the latest bit of casting rumors points to Evangeline Lilly – who appeared most recently in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – being the female lead in Ant-Man. The question is whether she’ll play Janet van Dyne AKA The Wasp, Hank Pym’s wife in the comic books, or someone else entirely. It’s being speculated that Janet could show up in the movie as Hank’s daughter, instead, which would take a little adjusting.

Batman vs. Superman has been pushed back to 2016.

Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman has been reportedly delayed to 2016. It was originally scheduled for a Summer 2015 release date, which means it would have been competing with Marvel’s Ant-Man. According to rumors, Ben Affleck suffered a leg injury on set.

Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor.

Ah, yes. This is the official casting news that got Twitter all a-buzz with memes and witty one-liners 140 characters or less. Jesse Eisenberg, the actor often compared to Michael Cera because of their affinity for playing neurotic characters and who received an Academy Award nomination for his performance in The Social Network, has been officially cast as Superman’s nemesis, Lex Luthor. We still don’t know what role Lex Luthor will play in Batman vs. Superman, but it’s safe to say that Zack Snyder isn’t afraid of unexpected casting choices after casting Ben Affleck as Batman. And if you really think about it, it makes sense for Lex Luthor to be the CEO of a Silicon Valley tech giant in this modern day and age. I’m just not sure I want to see a bald Jesse Eisenberg.

Jeremy Irons will play Alfred.

It was also reported that Jeremy Irons would play Alfred, Batman’s loyal butler and father figure who was portrayed by Michael Caine in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. I’m even more circumspect about Irons as Alfred than I am about Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, weirdly enough.

The CW’s The Flash casts Iris West and Vibe.

Newcomer Candice Patton and Broadway actor Carlos Valdes will play Iris West and and Cisco Ramon (AKA Vibe) respectively in The Flash TV series. Considering the success of Arrow and the affiliation with DC comics, I’m fairly confident that The Flash will get picked up for a full season order. Read about Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, and Rick Cosnett joining the cast here.