Packer Ahman Green An Extra in ‘Batman v. Superman’

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Im not going to pretend I saw former Green Bay Packer Ahman Green in the new superhero movie “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

It does, after all, have a cast of thousands. But I did see him in the credits.

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Ahman Green at NYC premiere. Credit www.zimbio.com

The movie website IMDB lists him as appearing as Thug #2.

His name appears in the alphabetical cast addendum that follows the main cast characters. Extras typically have no dialogue and  appear in passing.

Green previously appeared in two obscure B-movies: the Rob Schneider film “Big Stan” and the Ed Helms film “Stretch.”

Green holds the record for most rushing career yards for the Packers. Last year  Clay Matthews was one of several Packer players in “Pitch Perfect 2.”

It would be easy to overlook him in a bombastic film twitching with supporting characters, special effects and explosions.

“Batman v. Superman,” which stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, is an attempt to reboot the Dark Knight franchise and a Superman franchise that has not enjoyed success since the Christopher Reeve films of the 1970s and 1980s.

They, and a few new characters, are an attempt to turn the DC Comics superheroes into a cash cow similar to Marvel’s family of individual superhero and “Avengers” films.

“Batman v. Superman,” which opens Friday, was directed by “Man of Steel” and “300” director Zack Snyder. He made a special appeal in a short video before a preview screening asking the audience not to reveal film spoilers prior to its release.

Green plays a character but numerous real world news and political types play themselves.

Since what Superman and Batman do is news in their fictional worlds,  newscasters and other real world types interact with it.  They include: Charlie Rose, Anderson Cooper, Dana Bash, Brooke Baldwin,  Nancy Grace, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, who also appeared in two of Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” films, and in “Batman & Robin,” and is something of Caped Crusader scholar.

Nolan is one of the executive producers of “Batman v. Superman.”

It is no coincidence that many of the real world newsers work at CNN, since the news channel, the Warner Bros. studio that released the film and DC comics are all owned by Time Warner.

 

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