Well, considering the fact that just about every viable Hollywood leading man is now in the running to portray Batman/ Bruce Wayne in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel (provisionally titled Superman Vs. Batman), it was only a matter of time before the onus fell unto Ryan Gosling, right?
That’s what The Hollywood Reporter is now reporting—as we noted last week, Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder are developing a shortlist of actors for the role, which will find Bruce Wayne in his late 30s to early 40s, having been Batman for some time now. Last week, the names in the hat (or cowl) included Josh Brolin and Jon Hamm; over the weekend, that list has morphed into one in which Brolin remains at the top, followed by Ryan Gosling. Joining the their ranks are such actors as Matthew Goode, Richard Armitage, Max Martini, and Joe Manganiello.
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s sources, Brolin, 46, remains the favorite. Gosling’s inclusion is something of a puzzler—though he’s able to play both a troubled loner and a glib charmer (two things the role of Batman/ Bruce Wayne would require), at 32 he’s a little young for this more “grizzled” approach to the character.
Whoever the actor may be who eventually gets the cape and cowl, he’ll have some big boots to fill, as Christian Bale only vacated the role one short year ago.
What do you think of the Superman Vs. Batman news?