Warner Bros. Has A Shortlist of Actors They Want For Batman

By August 5, 2013

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Ever since Zack Snyder had actor Harry Lennix read from Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” in Comic-Con’s Hall H, which was followed by thunderous applause when a Batman/Superman logo appeared on the room’s screens, one question has loomed over the fanboy community: who will be the next Batman opposite Henry Cavill when the two characters share the screen together for the first time in live action when the sequel hits in 2015?

We’ve given some of our own predictions, but now The Hollywood Reporter is saying Warner Bros. has an early list of actors they’d like to wear the cape and cowl. They caution nothing has been formally submitted to reps or actors at this time since the screenplay is still being written, but the trade says WB is looking for an actor in his late 30s/early 40s to be the new Caped Crusader. After reiterating that Christian Bale has said he will not return for another film, they drop the list of early candidates: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Joe Manganiello, Richard Armitage, Max Martini, and Matthew Goode.

Ryan Gosling

What’s the likelihood of any of these actors actually ending up as the new Batman? It’s obviously too early to say, but we’re at least happy to see Manganiello’s name on the list since he was on our own list of hopefuls. Matthew Goode played Ozymandias in Snyder’s Watchmen, which is perhaps exactly the reason he should NOT be playing Batman here. And Ryan Gosling, guys? Gimme a break. He’s a good actor for sure, but that dude is not Batman material.

Rumor has it Brolin is the frontrunner at this point (he has a good relationship with the folks at WB, despite starring in some recent stinkers like Gangster Squad and Jonah Hex), and I suppose he seems dashing enough to pull off the Wayne persona and gruff enough to be The Dark Knight, but he’s not exactly an exciting choice for the role. I’m hoping things will play out a bit differently as we get closer to the film’s production, and hopefully the studio will find someone a bit more interesting to take on the role of one of our most iconic caped heroes.

Who do you want to see play the new Batman? Let us know in the comments.

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