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What's Next for the Nolans?

With Inception placed firmly into the history books of cinema it is now a good opportunity to look at what the Nolan Bros. will do with their other superhero story.

I may be the only one that feels this way, but after watching Cillian Murphy as Robert Fischer Jr. in Inception, his performance made me think he could pull off the Clark Kent/Superman dynamic. The problem with the casting of a Superman (one actor rumored right now is Joe Manganiello) is that you are also casting Clark Kent. Murphy can pull off that believable fragile Kent down-to-earthness where others cannot. It also helps that Murphy has those intense blue eyes that could register as alien-like to some degree. While he is a tad slim, so was Tobey Maguire before Spider-man, muscle can be put on.

Another persistent rumor is Jon Hamm, but he has skirted the issue several times when asked and he might not be the right choice for WB if they are looking for a younger actor. But if WB is willing to go older (Robert Downey Jr. has done pretty well for the Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes franchises) Hamm is the quintessential American man on Mad Men and has gravitas to spare for Superman. Plus, having Christopher Nolan mentor this film could persuade him otherwise.

Well there wasn't any big news from Comic-Con, but I would expect some sort of news from the Brothers Nolan within the next few weeks (title announcement?). Showbiz talks now have Joseph Gordon-Levitt suiting up as the Riddler and cinematographer Wally Pfister shooting the entire affair in IMAX. Three years ago when news for The Dark Knight was scarce a week after Comic-Con the title for the Batman Begins sequel was announced and shortly after Heath Ledger was officially casted as the Joker. The wait may seem a little lengthy, but it will be worth it.

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