First Alex Baldwin was aboard Todd Phillips' forthcoming Joker project, then the actor denied playing a "Trump manque" of a mogul before he bowed out of the film completely this week, citing the old scheduling issues. Said the Oscar-nominated actor to USA Today: "I'm sure there are 25 guys who can play that part."
Which naturally prompts the question: Who are some of the top 25 guys that Phillips might turn to that could play Batman's dad, Thomas Wayne?
Phillips is assembling a fascinating array of names for his cast, with Robert De Niro, Marc Maron and Zazie Beetz starring alongside Joaquin Phoenix's Joker. So the one-time Baldwin role could be an A-lister or a hip-pick wild card. Let's consider just a few such options:
1. Kevin Costner: Amid his TV Westerns and leading big-screen turns, Costner carved out a few days to play Superman's spectral Midwestern pop. Since Phillips's Joker movie lives in a different world than the formal DCEU, why not let Costner do double daddy duty, allowing him to bring some sly side-grin to Phillips' brand of comedy?