Ben Affleck Wants Larry David to Play Mr. Mxyzptlk in ‘Batman Vs. Superman’

Warner Bros. has narrowed its search down to four contenders for the female lead. Wonder Woman is reportedly not a part of this sequel.

Ben Affleck wants Larry David to play Mr. Mxyzptlk in Batman vs. Superman
Ben Affleck wants Larry David to play Mr. Mxyzptlk in Batman vs. Superman
After the enormous backlash that followed Ben Affleck landing the Batman role in Batman Vs. Superman, one has to wonder how the fans will react to this latest rumor. Sources claim that Ben Affleck wants his Brentwood, CA neighbor, Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David, to play Mr. Mxyzptlk in this highly-anticipated sequel.

Here's what an unidentified insider had to say, claiming that the actor's clout may even lead to a producer's credit on director Zack Snyder's sequel.

"The pair chatted about the idea with earnest abandon throughout the course of Emmy weekend. Larry has long been courted by the big budget superhero industrial complex, being linked to roles in the Sam Raimi's Spider-Man sequels nearly a decade ago. But Ben is somebody he trusts and enjoys spending time with and this could be the right situation for Larry to finally appear in a huge-grossing hit film. Fun speculation that it could be for the famed Superman enemy role of Mr. Mxyzptlk could make this piece more exciting, since Larry is a dead ringer for the character. Ben and his personality are taking over this whole production - he could come out of this with a producer credit."

This is the first we've heard of Mr. Mxyzptlk being mentioned as a villain in the sequel. The character, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, made his first appearance in Superman #30 in September 1944. He hails from a mysterious "fifth dimension" and often torments Superman with various pranks and tricks. In the comic books, he can only be "stopped" by a dose of his own medicine, so to speak. If he is tricked into saying or spelling his own name backwards, the villain is involuntarily sent back to his home dimension for at least 90 days. Larry David most recently starred in The Three Stooges and the HBO TV movie Clear History.

The villain we've heard mentioned the most in regards to this sequel is Lex Luthor, a role which Mark Strong and Bryan Cranston were rumored to be attached to and/or interested in. Of course, we don't even know for sure if Luthor is the main villain or not.

In related news, we've heard several intriguing rumors over the past few months regarding the mysterious female lead in Batman Vs. Superman. One report revealed that Ben Affleck's Batman will get a new love interest, while a casting call hinted that Wonder Woman may be a part of the story. A new report reveals that Warner Bros. has narrowed their search down to four candidates for the female lead role, although the actresses names were not revealed.

While nothing has been confirmed yet, insiders believe that this mysterious role is not Wonder Woman, but is Bruce Wayne's girlfriend. Since nothing has been confirmed, it is possible that Wonder Woman herself may be Batman's new love interest, especially given Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara's recent comment that the studio needs to put Wonder Woman in a movie of TV series.

Screenwriter David S. Goyer revealed last month that development is further along than most people think it is, but it still isn't known when shooting will begin.

What do you think about all these new developments? Would Larry David make a good Mr. Mxyzptlk? Do you want to see Wonder Woman in this highly-anticipated sequel? Let us know!

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25th, 2016 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

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  1. DJRickyV

    If not the DCU, Larry David looks like he could do well as the Vulture in the MCU.

    2 years agoby @djrickyvFlag

  2. phatalphd

    i LOVE Larry David...but have no desire to see him in a comic book movie. Don't ruin of the legend of this man with some stupid role.

    2 years agoby @phatalphdFlag

  3. Superman81

    @instead8909 that was the point. they were jerks and didnt care at all

    2 years agoby @superman81Flag

  4. Superman81

    @ObiWanShinobi how do you figure? Doomsday, Zod, Darkseid, Metallo, Brainiac, Lex. Those are just 6 of his enemies and they are some of the best ones in comic book history

    2 years agoby @superman81Flag

  5. ObiWanShinobi

    Supes has the worst villains.

    2 years agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  6. CoreyB

    Kinda weird but I love Larry David...but again i dunnoo!

    2 years agoby @CoreyBFlag

  7. Fry_3000

    Interesting choice, but I think it'll be a great choice if its true or happens

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  8. Mieko_Siede

    @bawnian-dexeus To be honest, I had totally disregarded this rumor. I looked at it as something else to just fill the void until any real news breaks. I highly doubt they'd introduce Mxyzptlk to the world they are trying to build unless it is to bring more than an otherworldly threat into the fold with an inter-dimensional force. I could see, with some creativity, the possibilities of it. Still, I highly doubt it. Just something to talk about. As you said though, IF there is any credence to this it will be a gamble and definitely an answer to Loki. But it has to be handled just right.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  9. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @mieko-siede I will say this, if (a BIG if mind you) the rumor is true and Mr. Mxyzptlk becomes a villain, it would be quite a gamble and WB's answer to Loki in my opinion.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  10. Mieko_Siede

    @moviemaniac66 While I understand your gripe I believe this was initially announced as a sequel following the hype and success of the following movie to bring the fans in to the and keep them onboard before they could turn against the franchise. But from the interim of the first film they had already laid out the blueprint. Man of Steel was designed to launch the DC expansion. The actions of the first film were meant to bring forth the others hidden or at least secluded to their own issues within the world. It was designed to lead into an expanded universe. I see that they are trying to create something of a world that the heroes interact for the length of their respective franchises as well as bringing a cohesiveness for them to already have built for the Justice League. A beginning for all. The intent I believe was always to head straight to Justice League, Man of Steel just had to introduce the possibilities...The threats to devastate the world that would cause heroes of their caliber to have to step forth. I'd much rather see an expansion than watch a series grow stale for the sake of trying to up the ante to match the challenge already created in the first film...or worse feel watered down for the sake of a slower pace and storyline to have him match wits with a lesser foe in Lex. There are directions it could take to grow in its intrigue but something different is warranted in an industry that is doing everything to death with old formulas.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  11. Mieko_Siede

    @jimbobskidoo I agree. I'm always game for something fresh. This is an approach that hasn't been done before and if done correctly will set new standards. Especially for the DC Universe. I have to agree to a degree about the Marvel films. Several of their integrations, just because they had separate issues from each other, felt forced. Even the tones to their singular ventures felt set apart and as if they didn't exist in the same universe unless something was mentioned and again felt forced into the arc of the films. The diehard fans that wanted an Avengers movie so badly are the ones, the viewing audience, that forced those pieces to fit and rationalized them so as to not taint an epic that had not been attempted before. And while it was entertaining, even The Avengers had moments that felt forced. It was simply because they had not other worldly reason to have interacted before being joined together which created a lot of gaps in story and chemistry. Each character had moments and at times it felt more like a prelude to Iron Man 3. It could have been called, Iron Man and The Avengers quite honestly. But their individual moments aside, none of them really had a real connection. They had no reason to. And off they go on their own adventures and will be forced together again in a second installment. I see DC not trying to venture the same path.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  12. MovieManiac

    @mieko-siede Thats what i can't stand though. It should be a sequel to Man of steel. While that film was disappointing in my eyes, it left a lot of room for improvement and development for Kal-El. This just feels like WB is rushing to make a Justice League film and they are shoe horning Batman into this film. I don't mind Batman being a character in the film at all, but I don't want this to feel like a spin off. I would prefer that this film feel like a sequel to Man of Steel, just with Batman as an integral and important point to the plot. Then again, i am just making assumptions based off of news articles so i can't completely judge. I have just not been too enthused about the way DC has been handling their heroes.

    2 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  13. WongFu

    @jimbobskidoo That would be a better conception instead.
    though I always felt that mixing it up once in a while would be cool.
    Batman has appeared in many comic's and instead of superman and Batman, why not have him on Flash, Arrow, Wonder Woman or any of the others. also standalone films every once in a while so everyone is happy. The writing needs to be top notch, the right actors, the right directors and so on.
    The only way to have an expanded universe is to have a plan for each project. Of course each superhero would need to have their own stories once in a while, besides mixing it up.

    I simply don't like Larry.
    In my mind this isn't MOS 2, it's a standalone film that will feature two great superheroes. It's how they meet and deal with each other.
    Why can't MOS 2 be called Superman or use one of the other comic names?

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  14. Maxwell Kann

    I don't think Mr. Mxyzptlk will be in the movie, but Larry David would be perfect in that role. Man the movie is 2 years away and everyone is so butthurt already. I think Ben Affleck will be an ok batman even though it would have been to cool to have the original and best batman Michael Keaton.

    2 years agoby @maxwell-kannFlag

  15. Jimbobskidoo

    @mieko-siede Well said sir. I think the worst part about the marvel films is that all the stand alone films feel too separate from one another. I want to see a DC universe where the characters stories actually coincide with one another other than just the occasional "Justice League" movies. For instance, you have a Batman stand alone film, he's doing his thing blah blah blah maybe he's got his formulated plan to take down the bad guy when all of a sudden Flash comes by to help him out but in fact f*cks the whole thing up and Batman says something like "Stay out of my way I almost had him, I already told you if I want your help I'll let you know" and Flash replies with a wise ass "suit yourself old man", or whatever the case may be. I for one think that would make for just an all around better universe.

    2 years agoby @jimbobskidooFlag

  16. Mieko_Siede

    @moviemaniac66 Though this is being dubbed a sequel. It's really less a sequel rather an expansion to the DC Universe. Especially with the plan moving ahead that this movie will be the cause for the Justice League to band together I understand the method of what they are doing. It's a different approach that hasn't been attempted when it has come to superhero film and their respective franchises. Never have they really been combined to blend in such a fashion. It also leaves each franchise an opportunity to continue to stand alone in later installments while bridging some gaps. I'm more intrigued by the unique concept and less with a stand alone sequel. We've seen those before and we've seen them grow progressively worse when left to their singular devices. This keeps it fresh and shows the potential to match something that has already lead with full throttle high octain opening.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  17. CelluloidDreams

    ROFL!! This screams fail!!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  18. Adamsandlerfggot69

    ................................................terrible. 100% confidence that Mr Mxyzptlk won't even make a small appearance.

    2 years agoby @adamsandlerfggot69Flag

  19. justinishulk

    Oh god!..... NO!... i am just... GIV E UP!

    2 years agoby @justinishulkFlag

  20. Sean

    Oh god! Not Larry David! Pick someone else for the Role!

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  21. the-wolverine

    This villain isn't one they've before but it still sounds like a gamble. There's too much hype about this film; It won't even compare to Nolan's and it just seems like a counter to Marvel.
    Though I would be interested in a "Nolanised" Green Lantern reboot and a movie with Batman, Superman and Green Lantern.

    2 years agoby @the-wolverineFlag

  22. WongFu

    I hate to say this but I Hate Larry. Seinfeld was not the best comedy, the characters ended up as jerks.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  23. MovieManiac

    I want this movie to focus on superman for Christ sake. This is, after all, a sequel to Man of Steel. I'm not saying that Batman does not belong in this movie but from what I am reading thus far, i get the sense that this film is going to focus too heavily on Batman and less on Supes. Batman should just be a side character in this film or even a villain to Superman in the first act and then an ally in the second act. Based off of the news that we have received so far, this just feels too much like a spin off of Man of Steel and less of a sequel, which is what I don't want at all.

    2 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  24. Jimbobskidoo

    @Brizzy "The pair chatted about the idea with earnest abandon throughout the course of Emmy weekend"...just saying. With that being said; the title does indeed blow it completely out of proportion, especially considering how unbelievable it is.

    2 years agoby @jimbobskidooFlag

  25. Mka47

    @therealGoku agreed

    2 years agoby @mka47Flag

  26. Mka47

    this would be an awful choice for a villain in this movie

    2 years agoby @mka47Flag

  27. The Real Goku

    Ehhh I think we need a bigger villain.. Darkseid, Brainiac or Doomsday

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

  28. justatadmatt

    @Brizzy i'm assuming that the unidentified insider is Latino-Review. Idk if that helps, but i absolutely understand where you are coming from.

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  29. Gandoff

    I have to say, he would fit the character. But that character would be a long shot to ever get on a Superman movie screen.

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

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