Geek: Holy S#@t Bob California is Ultron

Looks like James Spader will once again be a bad influence on Robert Downey Jr. He has been announced as the actor who will portray Ultron in the next Avengers movie, according to a press release straight from Marvel:

James Spader will face off against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as the villain in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the sequel to 2012’s record-breaking “Marvel’s The Avengers.” The Emmy Award-winning actor will play Ultron in the Avengers’ much anticipated return to the big screen from writer/director Joss Whedon. The film comes to theaters on May 1, 2015. 

Spader earned three Emmy Awards for his role as Alan Shore on “Boston Legal” and “The Practice,” and will return to television this fall in NBC’s highly anticipated series “The Blacklist.” Most recently Spader was seen in the critically-acclaimed film “Lincoln” directed by Steven Spielberg and has previously worked with a long list of accomplished film directors including David Cronenberg, Curtis Hansen, Sidney Lumet, Mike Nichols, Tim Robbins, Robert Rodriguez, Steven Soderbergh, and Oliver Stone.  David Mamet also directed Spader in the Broadway play Race.

This is exciting news for fans of Spader (I am one) who has cultivated a persona of devilish intellect throughout his career. He and RDJ have long run in some parallel tracks as Brat-packers, then ’90s David E. Kelley reclamation projects and now entering their 50s at the height of their popularity. Spader is set to star in one of this fall’s most anticipated (by me) shows about a criminal mastermind who turns himself in to take down a list of his named criminal associates. The show is called “Blacklist” and sounds intriguing.

I think he is a brave and thoughtful choice for Ultron and will bring a new level of malevolence to the character.

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I am so ashamed of myself that I wasn’t scouring @twitter when they announced that @BenAffleck would be the next Batman. This announcement has so many tentacles to it, I don’t know where to start.

1. Affleck has long been rumored to be the next Batman, on several occasions.

2. Affleck directed movies with the support of @Legendary and has a great relationship with Thomas Tull.

3. Affleck is also very close to Jeff Rubinov (the former head of Warner Brothers), so this may seem to be a stab in the back.

4. Affleck is about the right age for what they are claiming they wanted in the next Batman (41, will be 43 in 2015).

5. Affleck’s age paints Warner Brothers into a corner for a continuing franchise, unless they plan to announce another younger Batman for future films.

6. Does this suggest that Batman vs. Superman is a leap into the future and a continuing franchise (or Justice League) will be the filler between Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman?

7. Would this attract Matt Damon to play Lex Luthor? I think he would be a brilliant choice since he was almost Harvey Dent in Dark Knight.

8. Who would be a great Lex Luthor? Would he be older than both Clark and Bruce? Bryan Cranston?

So many questions without answers. I cannot wait for July 2015!!!