You think the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is bad? Well, it is. It really, really is. But there's also a conflict - a much lesser, quieter, less violent, less important, utterly silly - conflict between DC fans and Marvel zombies. And every now and again the conflict comes to a head on the big screen.
Remember when Ryan Reynolds went from playing Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and jumped into Green Lantern? SCANDAL! The heavens shook! The geekerati took to the streets and...
Well, okay, people were just like "Damn, that's interesting. Kind of." But you get the point.
Anyway, another DC/Marvel crossover may be about to happen. According to the dark beasts that run Deadline, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in the running to play the lead in James Gunn's space opera Guardians of the Galaxy. This is a bigger deal than Reynolds because, spoiler, Levitt played Robin/Batman in The Dark Knight Rises and may reprise that role in Justice League.
I find this rumor interesting on a couple of levels. I think that a Levitt would enjoy working with a Gunn. I think a Levitt would understand this could be a franchise that belongs to him, unlike taking Christian Bale's sloppy seconds. I think a Levitt would enjoy doing something lighter. A man could write a whole blog post in the voice of Jaqen H'ghar. A man understands that a name like JGL's helps open a weird space movie with a talking raccoon.
But the other level that keeps coming to mind: Marvel loves negotiating in the press. I wonder if they aren't introducing JGL into the discussion (everything Deadline runs is hand fed to them) to goose another actor into making a deal. If you're Zachary Levi or whoever else is in the running and you see JGL's name pop up you might start itching to make the deal before the bigger name gets the job.
The big question is whether Gunn is seeing all these young bucks in an attempt to bide his time until he can just cast Nathan Fillion.