‘batman/superman’ update: momoa out, holloway in?

With each passing day, more and more questions surrounding the "Man of Steel" sequel begin to develop. Is it really a covert "Justice League" movie, given the inclusion of Batman and Wonder Woman? Is Lex Luthor in the mix? Who are the other villains? When will we get an official title so we can stop calling it "the untitled ‘Man of Steel’ sequel" already?

Another question surrounding the (sigh…) untitled "Man of Steel" sequel: Who is Jason Momoa playing? The "Game of Thrones" actor was connected to the Batman/Superman team-up in early December, but there was no further word on the character he’s playing or, really, anything else. It seems that today, finally, we have an answer: He’s playing no one, because he’s not in the movie.

"It’s just rumors," the erstwhile Khal Drogo told IGN about his involvement in the "Man of Steel" follow-up. "It’s flattering. I want to say something amazing, but I can’t comment on rumors. I’m not involved in it. Maybe someone said, ‘You should be in this!’ and I said, ‘Yeah that would be great!’ And it just went too far."

Either Momoa really isn’t involved in the project, or he’s taking "being coy" to another level. In the meantime, with Momoa out, another actor is looking to join the cast: "Lost" star Josh Holloway. ComicBookMovie.com reports that the artist formerly known as James "Sawyer" Ford (and currently the star of CBS’ new drama "Intelligence") "is being ‘strongly’ considered" for a part in Zack Snyder’s new DC Entertainment movie.

There’s no news on who Holloway is up for; the ComicBookMovie.com report suggests he could play Aquaman, but that’s just speculation. While we’re in the speculating spirit, how about Oliver Queen? Sure, he’s already well-established on The CW’s "Arrow," but why not get a different actor for the big-screen take on Star City’s emerald archer – especially when someone as smooth and snarky as Holloway is the man for the job?

Expect the rumors and hearsay to continue right up until the "Man of Steel" sequel hits theaters on July 17, 2015. We’ll do our best to sort out the fact from the fiction until then.