With Ezra Miller's The Flash reportedly the latest to get booted from the DC Extended Universe, Warner Bros. is diving into the rich DC Comics lore as it gets ready for its next slate of films. One centered on Martian Manhunter is apparently on the agenda.
According to a source that spoke to We Got This Covered, Martian Manhunter is next in line for a live-action big screen introduction. The film might not hit the theaters until 2022 though, seeing the schedule for the next few years is pretty full with The Batman and the Suicide Squad sequel, to name a few.
Warner Bros. reportedly wants an African American actor to portray J'onn Jonnz, following suit in his small screen interpretations in Smallville, where the last surviving Martian was played by Phil Morris, and Supergirl, who cast David Harewood in the role. In the comics, he also took the form of a Caucasian man. Either way, seeing the character is a native of Mars with shapeshifting abilities, he can take different forms.
No further details were provided about this purported Martian Manhunter project, so it is recommended to take this report with a grain of salt. There have been a lot of theories about the character. In fact, Zack Snyder has acknowledged a theory that Harry Lennix's character General Swanwick in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice may actually be Martian Manhunter in disguise.
It does sound like Warner Bros. could be putting together a new Justice League. Martian Manhunter is one of the seven original members of the Justice League of America after all so he'll fit right in.
The original members of the DCEU version that remain are Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa's Aquaman. Henry Cavill is reportedly out as Superman while Ben Affleck has confirmed he will no longer play Batman. The Cyborg movie has also apparently been shelved with Ray Fisher done with the role too.
What do you think of a Martian Manhunter movie and who should play the character?