Ever since Warner Bros. and DC announced at Comic-Con in San Diego that the iconic superhero Batman will make an appearance in the “Man of Steel” sequel, fans have eagerly awaited the announcement of who will play the masked man, as Christian Bale will not be reprising his role a Bruce Wayne.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, numerous sources say director Zack Snyder is looking to cast an established and rugged actor for Batman who is in his late 30s or 40s. The film will not seek to recount an origin story or the rise of The Dark Knight.
The top two rumored names for the role are Josh Brolin, 46, and Ryan Gosling, 32. Brolin already has favor with the studio and has starred in several Warner Bros. films such as “Gangster Squad” and “Jonah Hex.” He’s also been attached roles in the studio’s upcoming films “Quasimodo” and “Crazy for the Storm.”
Gosling, on the other hand, also appeared in “Gangster Squad” as Brolin’s co-star and while he is the youngest star in the list of names for Batman, he’s proven his acting ability several times over.
Other contenders for the role include Joe Manganiello, 36, Richard Armitage, 41, Max Martini, 43, and Matthew Goode, 35.
According to the The Hollywood Reporter, Manganiello could be the frontrunner in this list of possible actors as sources say Manganiello was seriously considered to play Superman in “Man of Steel” before Henry Cavill was casted, but scheduling conflicts ultimately prevented him from taking the role.
It is worth noting that the script is still in its early stages and Snyder is only just beginning to look at actors, and therefore any casting choices are still widely speculation. However, the casting for the Superman sequel is likely to solidify in the coming weeks since Warner Bros. wants to shoot the movie in early 2014 for a 2015 release.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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