Actor Jared Leto and Michael Keaton are MCU stars doing the unthinkable task of uniting the fans by appearing in DC movies
Well, in 2021 Ben Affleck will return as the caped crusader in the Snyder Cut and Robert Pattinson will don the cowl for the first time in Matt Reeve’s The Batman in 2022. And if you think that’s enough bats already then brace yourself for two more bats coming to the Marvel Universe. You’ll see DC’s Batman and Joker aka Michael Keaton and Jared Leto as Vulture and Morbius, The live Vampire in MCU Phase 4. What did you see in Morbius trailer exactly?
Watch: Morbius Teaser Trailer | Sony
DC and Marvel fans will see Joker and Batman, as Morbius and Vulture in the Sony Picture’s Universe of Marvel Characters.
The Big Bang Of Cinematic Universes
Recently there has been a lot of activity in the superhero franchises of both DC and Marvel Studios. 2020 has allowed all the studios to re-think their content strategies. Marvel had an elaborate plan for Phase 4 in the year 2020. Even DC had Wonder Woman lined up for this year. But, the pandemic has not allowed any silver screen content for comic book fans. Both the studios took this opportunity and came up with a plethora of announcements. DC bombarded the fans with release announcements of Snyder Cut on HBO Max along with tons of Superhero content in DC FanDome. Similarly, Marvel Studios announced its phase 4 plans spread over in Disney+ series and feature films.
Major studios are now in jumping the Multiverse bandwagon. This resulted in many actors reprising their roles in future superhero movies. Jamie Foxx is set to reprise Electro in from Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man franchise for MCU’s Spider-Man. Even Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Tom Hardy are rumoured to join MCU multiverse.
On the other hand, DC tackled the Multiverse successfully with Arrowverse and topped it the epic Ezra Miller and Grant Gustin crossover. Since the announcement of DC Multiverse as a canon for all the characters till date, many actors are rumoured to don their superhero capes for DC Multiverse.
In all of this, some actors are enjoying the attention of both DC and Marvel fandoms with their appearances set in future movies. Actors like Taika Waititi, Sean Gunn are already a part of both the universe however there are more. With strong rumours of Ryan Reynolds presence in Snyder Cut, he could be one of the major Marvel actor playing a DC character. While that’s unconfirmed two actors sure are having
Jared Leto: Joker and Morbius
Jared Leto’s Joker has been a topic of commotion since the first look came out in 2015. Then, after a brief, unsuccessful outing of the Joker in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, fans quickly disregarded Leto. Leto went on record to express his discontent with his Joker. Ayer says the Joker he wrote was very different than what was on the screen, but the studio did not let it go through. Both Fans and the studio moved on to the staggering performance of Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker in 2019.
Then came 2020, Justice League Snyder Cut gets officially announced for HBO Max. Jared Leto comes back in the role of Joker for the Snyder Cut. But, this is not all for Jared Leto. Earlier in the year, Marvel released the trailer of Morbius. Michael Morbius, The Living Vampire, a Bat-related Marvel character that fights alongside Agents of Shield and the Avengers in the comics. Opening up a possibility of Jared Leto a future Avengers movie.
Michael Keaton: Batman and Vulture
If you thought that Jared Leto is probably the only actor bridging between Marvel and DC fandoms. Then boy, were you wrong! If there is any actor who is flying with love and respect from both fandoms, it is Michael Keaton.
There can be no Top 5 Best Batman list completed without having Keaton in it. Michael Keaton donned the role of the Dark Knight 3 decades ago. Yet, the fans have been pouring in love for him even today. *Sorry Clooney*
However, in 2017, Keaton swapped his black cape for mechanized wings in Spiderman: Homecoming. Even the most partisan fans of both the universes agree that there is no lost love for the actor.
DC is on its way to a complete image makeover in the eyes of fans. It seems that they are taking every fan casting on the internet seriously. There are strong rumours all around the internet that Michael Keaton is coming back as Batman for Flash movie in 2022. The allure of Keaton as an older Bruce Wayne in Flashpoint Paradox is tough to resist for the DC fans. For Marvel fans, they would love to see Keaton flying high again in the upcoming Spider-verse.
In an upcoming scuffle between both the studios, both Leto and Keaton are raking love from fans of both the fandoms. Ryan Reynolds is also reported to wear the ‘Green Ring’ again for the Snyder Cut. If it is announced, then Ryan Reynolds will probably be the biggest MCU actor to mediate between the two comic book universes by appearing in a DC movie. If anyone from Marvel is reading this, bring back Ben Affleck as Daredevil.