Entering the month of March, each day is a ticking clock slowly counting down to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice on March 25th. Although, there will be someone who will be left off of the theatrical screening – Jena Malone.
When news broke a little over a year ago that Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) was apparently cast as a role in the upcoming DC franchise, the internet went into a full whirl of speculation. With the mystery about who she was playing, from Batgirl to Robin, there was a lot of hope that we would potentially see a crucial character with Malone at the helm.
And with a recent interview with Zack Snyder, our hopes are dashed. At least, for now. Snyder goes on to say that Malone’s character will not make the theatrical release, which is already pushing three hours, despite his urge to have a two and a half hour film. But he also took it a little step further, adding that she will be in the R-rated “Ultimate Edition” that will be released on DVD/Blu-ray later this year, that her character plays a crucial role in the mix and she will not be Barbara or Carrie.
Although her involvement with the film was never officially announced, it still begs the question, who does Jena Malone play in this movie? With someone having a mystery role in a big movie such as this one, you have multiple outlets for how this can play out.
Let’s start with the most probable options:
Selina Kyle/Catwoman: How Catwoman fits into this movie is a question for another day, but really, no character is seemingly off-limits for this universe. DC has a long way of catching up and if they are going to build this massive roster of people, then they have all the ammo in the world to try and introduce Kyle in this movie. Even if she is a flashback scene, it still shows that she is included somewhere.
Shiera Hall/Hawkgirl: If many of you (including me) are hoping that we see an iteration of Hawkgirl and Hawkman in Justice League I or II, then why not give her some sort of appearance. If Barry Allen/The Flash are shaping up to cameo in some form or another, then an appearance of Malone in the Hawkgirl suit is a good addition to the cast.
Barbara Gordon/Oracle: See, here’s the thing, Zack Snyder was quick to point out that it wasn’t Batgirl or Robin that Malone was playing. And wouldn’t it be so sneaky to pull the veil over and say it wasn’t Batgirl but still Oracle. That’s a total possibility. While she wouldn’t technically play Batgirl, it would state again that she once existed and even sets the stage for Suicide Squad and some potential plot lines down the road in the DC Cinematic Universe.
Talia Al-Ghul: Clearly an interesting take but having Malone as one of Bruce’s love interests could only complicate but excite things a bit. Having the League of Shadows (Assassin’s) playing some role in the on goings of the DCCU add’s a little bit of depth to the universe and a little bit of complications on Batman/Bruce Wayne’s end.
Now, some possibilities, but not holding my breath.
Kara Danvers/Supergirl: Difficult? Yes. But Possible, also yes. Given the fact that we don’t know much about who has Kryptonian origins in their blood and who might have gotten off of the planet prior to it’s explosion. Granted, this is a bit of a stretch, but just thinking about the possibility that Superman’s powerful cousin out there in the world right when Doomsday and Darkseid are taking form is enough to consider this.
Iris West: Like I have said before, if they are locking in the DCCU characters up front, why not include some love interests in the mix. In reality, she could be a normal journalist at the time, not necessarily moving to the Picture News in Central City. And it’s an interesting thought process. But this is probably the most far-fetched idea out there.
All in all, we likely won’t know of Jena Malone’s fate as a DCCU character until the release of the Ultimate Edition months from now. However, since it has been chopped in the meantime from the original cut, we could see some easter eggs or hints when the movie is released on the 25th.
What are your thoughts? Who do you think she plays in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice? Comment below.