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Updated: August 23, 2013 6:05AM



After Warner Bros. announced at Comic-Con in San Diego over the weekend the sequel to “Man of Steel” would include the first big-screen teaming of both Superman and Batman, Hollywood agents, stars and industry experts started buzzing loudly.

While Henry Cavill is already signed to return as Superman/Clark Kent for director Zach Snyder, the big question is: Who will play Batman? The most recent actor to play the role, Christian Bale, has made it very clear that after his three outings as the Dark Knight in the Christopher Nolan films, he is done with the part.That sets up an intriguing guessing game of who will be the next actor to leap into the Batmobile. Names initially being bandied about include

Jake Gyllenhaal, Gerard Butler, Ryan Gosling, Jon Hamm and Bradley Cooper.

Of course, a newcomer could be tapped as well.Who do you think would be best to wear Batman’s cowl? Tweet me

@billzwecker with the hashtag #NewBatman and we’ll share Sun-Times readers’ insights in an upcoming column.

WEST’S WORLD: The short fuse of Chicago native Kanye West — especially his latest run-in with a paparazzo at the Los Angeles airport — may cause the rap superstar ongoing problems. L.A. police have transferred the case to the robbery unit, and there may be possible prosecution of West tied to the singer’s alleged attempt to take the photographer’s camera in the midst of the altercation at LAX on July 12.

The photographer, known simply as Dano, claims he was injured in the incident, though it is unclear as to the nature of those injuries. Dano also has announced he is planning to pursue a civil lawsuit.

In much better news, Donda’s House, a new nonprofit established in honor of the educational legacy of West’s late mother, Donda West , is joining forces with the ARK youth program at the Rev. Michael Pfleger’s St. Sabina’s Church. It’s all to launch the “Get Bars” music writing and fitness program. The goals of the initiative will be to attract 15- to 24-year-olds to create an original written piece that will be recorded or published and performed. They will also be encouraged to improve their physical health through nutrition and exercise, and instructed in important life skills. To apply go to dondashouse.com.

TV TALK: While the first week of Kris Jenner’ s “Kris” chatfest apparently pulled in decent ratings for the show’s test run in various markets (not including Chicago), television experts are taking a wait-and-see attitude about the media-savvy Kardashian clan’s “momager.”

“There were a lot of people tuning in that first week out of raw curiosity … but let’s see if ‘Kris’ gives them enough to maintain that level of interest to keep watching,” said a veteran producer of daytime talk shows Saturday.

CHICAGO CONNECTIONS: The flowers for the recent wedding at the Ojay Valley Inn & Spa in California of Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearey, the co-head writer of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” were done by Chicago’s own Rachel Omundson, the owner of her namesake floral wedding and event company.

Omundson, who worked with well-known wedding planner Mindy Weiss and Mark’s Garden, is a longtime friend of McNearey— dating back to their University of Kansas days, and when McNearey lived here before moving out to L.A. a decade ago.

Zoe Levin, a 2012 graduate of New Trier High School, stars as Steve Carell’s daughter Steph in the new, excellent coming-of-age film “The Way Way Back” — following up on her big-screen debut in David Schwimmer’s 2010 movie “Trust,” about a teen targeted by an online sexual predator, starring Clive Owen, Catherine Keener, Jason Clarke and Viola Davis.

FILMING HERE: Don’t know if there will be any good sightings of Mila Kunis or Channing Tatum, but Chicagoans Andy and Lana Wachowski’s “Jupiter Ascending” will be filming between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday in the area bounded by Dearborn, Goethe, Clark and Schiller.

Along with Kunis and Tatum, the movie also stars

Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne and J ames D’Arcy, and is slated to continue filming here through Aug. 27.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Harry Connick, Jr. and his daughter Kate stepped out at RPM Italian — and also lunched at RL, with the singer tweeting out, “last minute lunch at #RalphLauren @kco04 looks amazing. I look like a bum. #shouldhavedressedup #igotnoclass.” Laura Prepon (“Orange Is the New Black,” “That ’70s Show”) and her former “October Road” co-star Rebecca Field checked out Ay Chiwowa on Saturday. … While here for their shows with Boyz II Men and New Kids on the Block, Drew and Nick Lachey stopped in for a beer at Public House. … Onlookers got a kick out of seeing Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler at Prasino in Wicker Park — decked out in ’80s attire, prior to a theme party benefitting Cutler’s charity at Joe’s on Weed Street. … Recent Siena Tavern sightings have included newlyweds Mellody Hobson and George Lucas and, separately, “Betrayal” star Stuart Townsend and “The Bachelorette’s” Jef Holm , who then partied on at Drumbar. … Jon Fishman and Mike Gordon did some Phish shtick during the Second City improv set on Friday night. … The Sox-Braves series brought Atlanta’s pitcher Paul Maholm plus Braves broadcaster Chip Caray — the third generation of Caray family announcers — and his family back to (where else?) Harry Caray’s on Kinzie, the same night as Dutchie Caray, Ernie Banks and Hall of Fame football coach Marv Levy.



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