Hollywood legend Holly Hunter was revealed to have been cast in the sequel to ‘Man of Steel’ which may be called ‘Batman Vs. Superman’. Upon the announcement, it was stated that she would be playing a brand new role, created especially for the film… but is that still correct?
Fans and websites have been buzzing with speculation. CBR speculates, “Hunter’s casting adds some real name value and Oscar power to the film. An actress of Hunter’s caliber could easily play an Amazon from Themyscira, if Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman has a big enough part to warrant dipping into her backstory. If Hunter has to play a more down to Earth character, she could easily play the owner of the Daily Planet; yeah, let’s see Holly Hunter boss Laurence Fishburne’s Perry White around! There’s also the possibility that Hunter won’t be as heroic as her character in The Incredibles. She could always work for Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor.”
But Latino Review has thrown out a much more familiar possibility, although one that’s never been captured on the big screen in any of the numerous Batman flicks: Doctor Leslie Thompkins. For those unfamiliar, Dr. Thompkins was the person who found the newly orphaned Bruce Wayne in Crime Alley directly after his parents’ murders. She’d previously attended medical school with his father Thomas Wayne. Thompkins, who runs a medical clinic in the rougher part of Gotham City played an instrumental role in Bruce’s upbringing and is one of the few people he trusts with the knowledge of his secret identity. Whenever Bruce or one of his allies is injured in combat, they turn to Thompkins for treatment, in order to preserve their secrets. In many ways, she serves almost as a female counterpoint to Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce’s trusty butler, who has already been cast in the movie with Jeremy Irons assuming the role.
Diana Muldaur voiced the role of Leslie Thompkins on ‘Batman: The Animated Series’, thus far the only time the character has been adapted to any other medium.
Please keep in mind, this is just rumor and speculation. The initial report was that she was playing an original character and that may still be true. What do you think? Newspaper owner? Amazon? Doctor Leslie Thompkins? What role do you think Holly Hunter should take on in this movie?