Ever since Warner Bros. and DC announced at Comic Con that the Caped Crusader will be in “Man of Steel 2″, fanboys and girls have been clamoring the bloggers with the question–Who will be the next Batman? Several names have been tossed into the hat from TV stars such as Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester on CW’s Supernatural) and Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes on AMC’s Walking Dead) to next generation actors like Ryan Gosling (Gangster Squad) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises). Director Zack Snyder is looking for a Bruce Wayne/Batman in his late 30′s to early 40′s. The script has yet to be written but sources say the premise of the film will follow closely to Frank Miller’s groundbreaking miniseries “The Dark Knight Returns.”
Here’s a list of the top runners the don the cape and cowl.
(Source: Hollywood Insider)
Josh Brolin, 46 — Warner Bros. likes him a lot. He starred in the studio’s Gangster Squad, and that’s after he toplined the studio’s 2010 dud Jonah Hex. He’s also attached to star in Warners’ Quasimodo project as well as Crazy for the Storm. Plus, he already has a Frank Miller connection: He leads the cast of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming take on the Miller crime comics.
(Two sources say Brolin is the frontrunner at this stage, but a studio source dismisses the chatter, saying that the casting process hasn’t even begun.)
Ryan Gosling, 32 — Yes, Brolin’s Gangster Squad co-star appears to be in the mix. He may be younger than the rest, he may be prettier than the rest, but no one questions his acting chops.
Joe Manganiello, 36 — According to several insiders, Snyder liked him as a possible Superman for Man of Steel before settling on Henry Cavill, but one major stumbling block was the schedule that Alan Ball had him on for filming True Blood, the HBO vampire series in which Manganiello plays a werewolf.
Richard Armitage, 41 — The British actor appeared in TV’s Strike Back, but may be best-known to audiences for playing Thorin in the Hobbit movie for Warners’ New Line division. He will reprise the characters for the second and third installments.
Max Martini, 43 — He cut his teeth playing tough guys on TV in shows such as Revenge, Castle and Hawaii Five-0 but won notice as a sacrificing father in Pacific Rim and will play a Navy SEAL commander in this fall’s Captain Phillips.
Matthew Goode, 35 — He’s already worked with Snyder in the director’s 2009 film Watchmen, in which he played Ozymandias.
One insider says that any talk of casting is premature since the script isn’t yet written. But that has not stopped studio insiders from whispering names or prevented agencies from drawing up lists of their best faces. Another insider scoffs “You might as well put Adam West in this list” and suggests that a left-of-center choice still could emerge.
Warner Bros. is looking to zero in on a successor to Christian Bale (who will not be returning) soon to begin production in early 2014 for a 2015 release.
Who do you think it should be?
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