Some scoffed in disbelief when John Cena was rumored to be up for the role of Clark Kent in Zack Snyder's Superman, but it quickly became apparent that this wasn't some cruel joke. He actually was on a list of potential players to portray the Man of Steel. Though the part still hasn't been cast, it is highly unlikely that the WWE Superstar-turned-big screen actor will get the part.
Is John Cena taking over the Batman franchise?
Now, he is setting his sights on anther DC Comics superhero. That's right, Cena wants to play Batman in yet another reboot of the series once Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale say good-bye to the franchise with The Dark Knight Rises.
Bale has let it be known that The Dark Knight Rises will be his last turn as Bruce Wayne, which he further expounded upon in a recent Esquire Magazine interview. Here is what he said about his wanting to leave the series after The Dark Knight Rises:
"All I knew was that there was a whole lot more there that I'd never seen and there was some extreme in the interpretation that should be taken. I just gotta hope that they're gonna go with that, and if they don't, that's not the version I'd like to be involved with anyway. And it's that perverse thing in life, where when you're able to achieve a certain recklessness, you actually end up getting good results. You have to throw everything aside and say, 'What the hell, I'm gonna do it this way, and if they don't like it, I wanna do it anyway.' It avoids that anxiety of 'How do I manipulate this and fake it so that people believe me?' That's never gonna work. So that's the kind of abandonment you gotta have."
Christopher Nolan has also recently called The Dark Knight Rises the last chapter in his trilogy. But like all good franchises, just because a great team is finished with it doesn't mean that someone else won't pick up the ball and run with it. Look at the Untitled Spider-Man Reboot. It is coming less than four years since the last installment of Sam Raimi's trilogy, which many critics still call the definitive comic book movie series. Batman is a huge moneymaker, and you can bet that it won't stay gone for long.
Examiner has the news this morning that John Cena is eyeing the DC Comics property. This is all rumor at this point, and we won't have a definitive answer to the question of "Who will take over Bruce Wayne once Christian Bale is done with the role?" until after The Dark Knight Rises hits theater screens. It may sound unlikely that John Cena would take over Batman on the big screen, but the WWE Superstar, who is no stranger to weekly TV, could certainly take the lead in the rumored Batman television series that is supposedly in the works. It just might happen.
The Dark Knight Rises was released July 20th, 2012 and stars Tom Hardy, Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan.