Josh Brolin, Joe Manganiello, Ryan Gosling, and More in the Mix to Play Batman in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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Well that didn’t take long.  Just yesterday a report surfaced that Warner Bros. was looking to cast an older actor as Batman in director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman, and now a shortlist of actors that the studio is reportedly eyeing to don the cowl has surfaced.  For this new film, Warner Bros. is said to be looking to capture the tone of the Batman/Superman relationship from Frank Miller’s graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, so that gives us a head start as to what kind of Batman the studio is trying to cast.

It’s decidedly early in the process since David S. Goyer has only just started working on the screenplay for the superhero pic, but there appears to be an eclectic list of names that the studio and Snyder are beginning to consider.  Hit the jump to read on.

ryan-gosling-batman-vs-supermanThe folks over at Heat Vision have some firm details on what Warner Bros. is looking for in its new Batman, noting that this film’s Bruce Wayne will be in his late 30s or around 40 and will be “established and rugged.”  They have also confirmed that we will not be seeing the origin story again.

The report cautions that the script is still being written so nothing has been formally submitted to actors or agents, and they also note that Snyder has literally only just begun to start looking at actors to play Batman.  That being said, multiple sources say 46-year-old Josh Brolin is the frontrunner at the moment, as Warner Bros. is high on the Gangster Squad actor.  This is a name that has come up a few times in the weeks since the Comic-Con announcement, and I don’t have any major complaints about the choice.

Also in the mix, according to the report, are Ryan Gosling (32), Joe Manganiello (36), The Hobbit star Richard Armitage (41), Matthew Goode (35), and Pacific Rim actor Max Martini (43).  Gosling is the youngest on the list by a fair amount, but Manganiello is notable because he was apparently neck-and-neck with Henry Cavill in Snyder’s casting process for Man of Steel.  The major difficulty with Manganiello, though, is working around his schedule on the HBO series True Blood.  Goode obviously has a relationship with Snyder already from appearing in Watchmen, and Martini and Armitage are decidedly fresh choices as both actors remain fairly unknown to the general public.

max-martini-batman-vs-supermanAgain, it is extremely early in the casting process for Batman vs. Superman so please remember that this is not the finalized list of choices for who will play Batman; it’s entirely possible that Snyder could go with a different actor altogether.  Personally, I’m bummed to see that 42-year-old Jon Hamm isn’t on the list.  He’s got the physique, he has phenomenal range, and Mad Men proves that he can brood like nobody’s business.  I’m not sure if Hamm has already taken himself out of contention or if there’s a scheduling issue (the latter is very possible), but it’s hard to believe that Snyder is simply uninterested in the actor for the role.

Warner Bros. wants to get filming underway on Batman vs. Superman in early 2014 so that the film can make its proposed 2015 release date, so we should hear solid casting news on the pic in the coming weeks.  Of the aforementioned choices, who do you think is the best choice for our new Batman?  Sound off in the comments below.

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  • Yurine

    I think Josh Brolin and Max martini would be a good fit for an older batman.

  • Yurine

    I think Josh Brolin and Max martini would be a good fit for an older batman.

    • Strong Enough

      Stupid choices C. Bale is batman forever!!!!!!!!

      • NephewOfAnarchy

        Actually Val Kilmer was Batman Forever

      • Kpaqu1

        Nicely done.

      • Migz13

        Have my like sir:))

    • Wonder Lex

      Nooo! Richard Armitage is definitely the best choice for Baman but Matthew Goode looks fucking perfect for Bruce Wayne.

      • Victor Pleitez

        Thorin oaken shield as batman sounds cool but his schedule might not allow it.

  • Jcool

    Jon Hamm will probably be shooting Mad Men when this movie is filming.

    • theseeker7

      Which would be kinda ironic, considering if they could only just wait another few months, then Hamm will be done with Mad Men forever.

      • Lex Walker

        That’s not ironic.

      • theseeker7

        meh… we all know that ironic is pretty much the most misused word in the whole of the English language lol

      • Lex Walker

        Which is in itself irony.

      • theseeker7

        meh… we all know that ironic is pretty much the most misused word in the whole of the English language lol

    • Dev1359

      Actually he will probably be wrapping up Mad Men while this movie is in pre-production. They usually start filming in the fall through winter, and since it’s the final season the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

    • Dev1359

      Actually he will probably be wrapping up Mad Men while this movie is in pre-production. They usually start filming in the fall through winter, and since it’s the final season the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

  • Jamesy

    I never even thought of Max Martini for the role but it actually makes sense, for Batman at least, not sure I can buy him as Bruce Wayne he just doesn’t have the Bruce Wayne vibe down, but if they plan on going older and a little worn then maybe. For both Bruce Wayne AND Batman, Richard Armitage or Gosling are probably the best bet on this list. Although Gosling doesn’t seem as if he’d be interested in a blockbuster movie, but considering the plan is not to do origin and follow the older Bats he may take it a bit more seriously and consider it. But seriously, why are the studio not chasing down Karl Urban or Jon Hamm?!

    • Guy Smiley

      Fuck Gosling… He’s terrible, and nothing about him suggests he’d be as either Batman or Bruce Wayne.

      They should go with Jon Hamm or Karl Urban. If they aren’t available or interested, then go with Brolin as a consolation prize.

      • RAW

        Couldn’t agree more, Gosling is the worst.

      • ikkf

        Gosling has his moments but I think he’s just a little too boyish looking.

    • Scurvy

      I never thought of Max Martini either but he would be awesome as Batman. The best part is, he already has a good Batman voice. I’m of the mindset that Batman is the real person and Bruce Wayne is the put on character. Let Martini find a Bruce Wayne voice instead of the other way around.

      I would also be okay with Brolin and Urban.

      • Jamesy

        Exactly, first thing I seen him in was Lie To Me and I just thought this guy has a kinda Eastwood vibe going on and his voice alone is Batman. I would be pretty happy with him as an older Bats, but I dnt know if the general audience would find him “watchable” enough? Just for the reason Cavill is young and good looking and the studio might want the classic good looks guy to go head to head with Cavill in that department and bring in a bigger audience. I dunno if Max Martini has that, Jon Hamm and Richard Armitage have the look down for Bruce Wayne and I think they’d do Batman justice, my dark horse for this is David Boreanaz although I doubt it will happen I just think he would nail it. And would I be right in saying he was in the running for the role in Nolans Begins and the Year One adaptation?

      • ikkf

        If you liked Max in Lie to Me, definitely check him out in The Unit. He plays a Delta Force operator who’s constantly on the verge of an explosive meltdown. He can switch on the menace in a blink and has the physicality. He would be an inspired choice as Batman, but he’d also be perfect to play Sam Fisher in a Splinter Cell movie too.

      • ikkf

        If you liked Max in Lie to Me, definitely check him out in The Unit. He plays a Delta Force operator who’s constantly on the verge of an explosive meltdown. He can switch on the menace in a blink and has the physicality. He would be an inspired choice as Batman, but he’d also be perfect to play Sam Fisher in a Splinter Cell movie too.

    • http://www.gotham-news.com/ Pietro Filipponi

      Martini would have made the perfect Jack Reacher

    • We miss Roger Ebert

      My two cents. Remember that the role of Batman is actually TWO roles:
      the Dark Knight and Bruce Wayne. An actor must master BOTH.

      JOSH BROLIN – would make a perfect Batman. His looks are brutal and mean, and he looks like a guy you don’t want to mess with. However as Bruce Wayne? This guy looks about as convincing in a suit as a Viking.

      JOE MANGANIELLO – again, good Batman (he can stand up to Cavill’s heroic frame. This guy looks like he would be breaking BANE’S back), terrible Bruce Wayne. Seriously, how many abs does this guy have? And can he even act? No, no, no.

      RYAN GOSLING – if all Batman had to do was stare pensively into the middle distance as synth music and bright lights flashed around him, Gosling would be your man. He’s a good actor (see Place Beyond the Pines), and he’s buff, but he’s too young and not mean enough.

      RICHARD ARMITAGE – Now this is your man. He’s got the perfect looks for Batman, a strong jaw, and looks suave in a suit. He’s chiselled, and really brings the gravitas, charisma, and kickassery that Batman needs! I’m going with Richard.

      MATTHEW GOODE – this guy looks like he could break in two if he fell down wrong. Cast him and his dainty chin in Downton Abbey, not Superman vs. Batman. Off with thee, noble sir, and go star in another Austen movie.

      MAX MARTINI – grizzled, but no. Too small for Warner Bros. to cast. Nobody’s even heard of him.

      And where is: Karl Urban, Viggo Mortensen, and OH WILD CARD Bruce Willis! Seriously give that dude some hair, cover up his face, and look! It’s Batman!

      • Sten

        Josh Brolin in a suit, wait, did you actually know he was the best thing in “Men in Black 3“? Didn’t look like viking to me…

      • We miss Roger Ebert

        Men in Black 3 was a lazy, derivative, tired mess.

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      • poppincherry

        *Josh looks like a drunk.
        *Joe, don’t know him.
        *Gosling looks more like the guy that’s about to tell the world a priest ate his ass hole out back in the day
        Richard Armitage? Damn! I saw him in an interview on you tube. He comes across as a fucking a guy who is about to kill your ass. He could me our man but I did have my picks above.
        Daniel Craig, Harry Dean Morgan and the running favorite John Hamm.

    • Victor Pleitez

      Gosling is really into violent movies. Just look at Only God forgives. And then look at Watchmen, pay close attention to alley fight scene between Niteowl & Silk spectre against a large group of thugs. I always wanted to see Snyder do his take on batman based off of that scene alone. Gosling would be good for that, only problem would be that i will never stop imagining his batman walking up to Superman, stare at him for a couple seconds and say : “…Wanna fight?…”

  • D

    I think it would be cool if they went older and got Bryan Cranston.

    • D

      Or bring back Michael Keaton. Especially looking at the early pictures from The Birdman, he could do grizzled like nobody’s business.

      • Strong Enough

        omg no one wants michael expect you. get over it

      • The Driver

        Michael Keaton is DOUBLE Henry Cavill’s age you freaking weirdoes. Some of y’all are taking this “grizzled veteran” thing and running so far into the deep end its amazing. Michael Keaton couldn’t even get a good physique in the early 90s when he did play Batman, what makes you think he could now?

        I’d say for what the role calls for, either Joe, or Josh would be best. Though I’d also take Hamm over either anyday. But over OVER Hamm I’d love Gosling to take up the mantle, but he admittedly doesn’t fit the description very well. He’d be a better “fresh” Batman like Cavill’s Superman rather than a street vet.

      • Victor Pleitez

        Keaton is way too old to done the cape and cowl. But if WB wants to surprise fans Keaton could play Thomas Wayne.

      • WhereDidYouTrain? ON A FARM?!

        If they ever do Batman Beyond then bring back Keaton as Bruce Wayne.

      • Lex Walker

        I like the idea, but I don’t think Keaton could do the bitter, harsh old man Bruce Wayne. I’d be willing to watch him try though.

    • NICK НΛRT

      bryan cranston would be way better as jim gordon. he already played him in the animated version of batman year one, a frank miller comic

      • Sten

        Perfect choice! And I’ll go for Nathan Fillion as Batman. Would be a great Bruce Wayne for sure.

    • GrimReaper07

      I partly agree with you but I can’t see him taking on such a physical role.

    • lee

      I love Bryan Cranston but I just can’t see it. As Gordon yes, obviously. Gosling is amazing but not a good fit. I could easily see Brolin as a Frank Miller Batman but it bothers me that I don’t find him attractive at all. Same with Martini. Manganiello’s pretty but I just don’t see him as the detective. Armitage maybe. And Goode maybe since he’s proven to be good at being a dark millionaire superhero.

  • Maxwell

    Why are they focusing on casting so early? The script hasn’t even been finished.

    • axalon

      There’s probably enough of it finished where they can start casting

    • Ruprect

      Two reasons … One, agents and managers are jockeying to get their clients in the public’s and producer’s minds. A story like this is leaked.
      Two, sites like this can’t manage and studios can’t keep buzz going with headlines like “Goyer and Snyder finish pages 11-17 of Supes v Bats”.

  • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

    nope, Gosling won’t do it

  • Mike S.

    Jim Caviezel… he basically plays Batman on Person of Interest lol

  • Strong Enough

    Idris Elba to piss off fanboys

    • Person

      Idris Elba would be amazing. That is all.

      • Kpaqu1

        Idris Elba is new JGL who was the new Nathan Fillion. Never gonna happen.

    • Blank Check

      But that would ruin the chances of a great Jon Stewart Green Lantern.

      • Strong Enough

        plenty of other great black actors out there. Michael B jordan is good

      • Blank Check

        Kind of young for Stewart though.

      • Strong Enough

        not in a few years years

      • Blank Check

        Then by that argument we should be signing the kids from Shameless for the rest of the league right now.

      • Strong Enough

        Michael will be 30 in 2017. besides michael jordan was just an example jackass. there are other black actors avaiable for GL. not just Idris.

      • Blank Check

        Then why did you only bring up Jordan then? And no need for language, cool your jets, sheesh,

      • Strong Enough

        because he is a candidate for John Stewart

      • ZeldaGuideMe

        30 is still pretty young for Jon Stewart. He’s a little more grizzled than that.

      • Strong Enough

        eh won’t be the first time film changes something about a character. its only a few years younger than the comic

      • Kpaqu1

        Nathan Fillion for John Stewart Green Lantern!

      • Blank Check

        Maybe for Kyle Rayner, Guy Gardner or Hal Jordan. Otherwise I don’t know how people would react to Fillion in black face.

      • Joe

        Damn, Either you stupid or you blind.
        Which is it?

    • More Than Strong Enough

      Of course you wanna piss off fanboys. That’s how you feed when there isn’t any piss for you to drink

      • Strong Enough

        lmaooo. wtf, that wasn’t even clever. but i thank my fans for trying

      • More Than Strong Enough

        @Strong Enough: And speaking of drinking piss, do you by any chance know if there is a Chris Nolan impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like asparagus.

      • More Than Strong Enough

        Boy he really wants to drink piss doesn’t he?

        And the idea of Nolan pissing on this fraud would be entertaining for the rest of us.

      • George Shapiro

        So this is the REAL More Than Strong Enough, and Strong Enough just imitated him and it turns out he’s been that troll posting the Chris Nolan impersonator garbage all this time.

        Am I close?

      • More Than Strong Enough

        You are correct sir! Strong Enough just blew his cover and now he has more reason why he’s a pathetic scumbag!

      • George Shapiro

        Thank you for the clarification! Also, do you by any chance know if there is a Chris Nolan impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like asparagus.

      • More Than Strong Enough

        Everyone knows you’re not the real George Shapiro, Strong Enough. Quit taking people’s names and slandering them. This is a new low even for you.

      • Strong Enough

        lmaoooo. people are trollin you bad eh? lmaoo

      • George Shapiro

        Thank you for the clarification! Also, do you by any chance know if there is a Chris Nolan impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like asparagus.

      • More Than Strong Enough

        You are correct sir! Strong Enough just blew his cover and now he has more reason why he’s a pathetic scumbag!

      • Strong Enough

        wayyy off. but the chris nolan troll is more than strong enough’s imposter.

      • More Than Strong Enough

        Boy he really wants to drink piss doesn’t he?

        And the idea of Nolan pissing on this fraud would be entertaining for the rest of us.

      • Strong Enough

        LMAO

      • More Than Strong Enough

        @Strong Enough: And speaking of drinking piss, do you by any chance know if there is a Chris Nolan impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like asparagus.

    • Dev1359

      Save him to play John Stewart in the Justice League movie. The man was born to play John Stewart.

      • Kpaqu1

        Why does it have to be a black guy? It should be Nathan Fillion obviously.

      • I Am Not Bruce Campbell,

        Because there’s multiple Green Lanterns in the comics that’s why! If it’s Hal Jordan, than yes, Nathan Fillion is appropriate. But Jon Stewart is the BLACK Green Lantern, so no he’s not the obvious one for it.

      • Blank Check

        Watch the Justice League animated series. You’ll understand why it can’t be Nathan Fillion within a few minutes

      • brNdon

        You do know that Nathan Fillion voices Green Lantern in most of the DC animated movies, don’t you???

      • Blank Check

        Yes. He voices HAL JORDAN though. We’re talking about JON STEWART.

      • HydrogenChaos

        Geez, another one? We’re not talking about the Hal Jordan Green Lantern people, we’re talking about Jon Stewart! Nobody wants to see Nathan Fillion in black face!

      • I AM A BANNANA!!!! FEAR ME!!!!

        Nathan Fillion is irrelevant in this discussion! How many times do we have to say that.

        Jon Stewart- Black Green Lantern
        Hal Jordan- White Green Lantern

        Get that through your head.

      • Joe

        John Stewart you doofus!

      • Kpaqu1

        Why does it have to be a black guy? It should be Nathan Fillion obviously.

    • Dmula

      Idris Elba as Cyborg!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ridge

    I can only imagine Josh Brolin saying “I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come. In your most private moments, I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you”.

    • KC

      Agreed! Brolin has been doing that pissed off, surly, but ultimately good guy thing for years now. He’s a perfect fit for the Batman of Dark Knight Returns.

  • Person

    Ooh Armitage could be interesting. Gosling is too young and I honestly would not be able to see him as Batman, just “Ryan Gosling in a Batman suit” (not a knock on him, just he’s such a big star). I like the True Blood guy, people have been throwing around Josh Brolin and he could be interesting too. Is Viggo Mortenson the right age for this?

    • Bo

      Come on…just because the studio is floating these names out there for PR only don’t think for a minute half of the actors mentioned would even give it a second thought. This is garbage and why the devil would Gosling or Brolin lower themselves to this level? The True Blood Joe guy because he ain’t no big thing and never will be so maybe. But these respected actors? Nonsense! Of course, they are actors so who knows what they are likely to agree to doing for the bucks and the attention! Still, a stupid movie for stupid people and going to be made by stupid people so who cares! Sorry folks, but ya gotta face the truth at some point in your life!

      • torpedovegas

        Brolin and Gosling were both in Gangster Squad and it was beyond awful. Sorry, but your comment is invalid.

      • Jay

        It would of been good if they didn’t have to re-shoot after Aurora.

      • Person

        Better maybe, but I dunno about good. It was a messy movie, needed a lot of work.

  • Subspace Eddy

    KARL URBAN.

  • holland

    Javier Bardem kicked Brolin’s ass last time they met, clearly the dark knight.

  • Jan

    Justin Bieber as Batman. Never say never.

    • Victor Pleitez

      He can play an innocent bystander that superman fails to save from falling debris.

  • gulpi

    Gosling would be perfect.. if they are making arthouse mumblecore batman film, where he only walks around and has no dialogue.

  • Rjd123

    Too many guys who look the part (ie. Brolin and Mang), but not many of these guys could really act the part. Christian Bale upped the ante for a unique Batman performance, so you don’t want another George Clooney issue. I personally would love to see what Gosling would do with the character. He’s the best actor of the bunch and could take the role in a really unique direction that doesn’t mess with Bale’s performance.

    • Lance

      Gosling just isn’t right for Batman. I agree he’s a good actor, he just can’t be The Dark Knight.

      • bidi

        normally i would agree with you, but i can’t shake the “Heath Ledger Rule,” which states: “good actors don’t give a fuck about your preconceived notions of them”

        regardless, Gosling would never do this. maybe if they got Nicolas Winding Refn or Derek Cianfrance to direct. otherwise, he’s fine living in the art house

      • Victor Pleitez

        Gosling is really into violence, and if this interpretation of Batman is really dark and violent im sure he’d be interested. Gosling Batman : “…Wanna fight?..”

    • We miss Roger Ebert

      hey, Richard Armitage has got SERIOUS acting chops.

  • Tyne

    I like the idea of Richard Armitage, I think he could pull off Batman well!

    • Lance

      A lot of these guys could work. Gosling is wrong for the part, though. Good actor, just not right for Batman.

  • GrimReaper07

    Brolin and Armitage are the two most inspired choices. Mathew Goode should never ever be Batman.

    • Victor Pleitez

      I said it before, I will say again. Goode is better off as lex Luther. Just look at his character in watchmen! Ozymandias is a Luther with hair.

      • GrimReaper07

        Yeah well, I’d argue that Goode was an awful Ozymandias. Liked him in Stoker, but can’t think of anything else.

      • Ben Wigler

        Great in Stoker. He should play in a comic book movie again, but probably as a more esoteric character.

      • Ben Wigler

        Great in Stoker. He should play in a comic book movie again, but probably as a more esoteric character.

      • GrimReaper07

        Yeah well, I’d argue that Goode was an awful Ozymandias. Liked him in Stoker, but can’t think of anything else.

      • bidi

        he’d be better as the Joker. Ralph Fiennes needs to be Lex Luthor

      • Victor Pleitez

        Ralph almost always plays a villain. Same thing with mark strong I’m convinced Snyder was eyeing him because he is a bald and always plays a bad guy. One of the reasons why people loved ledger as the joker is because he never played a villain before, it was something new to add to his resume. I kind of want some one like Daniel day Lewis, dicaprio and Goode to play lex but also want to see an actor who never played a villain before.

      • Brent Stires

        Luke Goss as Luthor. Seriously.

  • Jamesy

    Just throwing this out there, what about David Boreanaz? He’s been around for years but still hasn’t had his big break, in terms of movies. He’s established enough in the sense he’s a decent actor but not such a big name. Just imagine him in the cowl, think he would look pretty spot on, and as Wayne he could get the playboy part down well I think, plus he’s about the right age for this Batman (44 I think) old enough to be old Bats and young enough to get a few years out of him, thoughts?

    • HydrogenChaos

      Certainly worth a screen test at least.

    • Dev1359

      I remember years ago back when it was rumored that they were gonna bring Batman to Smallville that I imagined Boreanaz for the part, he totally looks like Bruce Wayne and it’s easy to picture him with the cowl on. I really like the idea

    • Ben Wigler

      Now that is some inspired thinking. Nice one. I think a lot of folks would dig it.

    • Ben Wigler

      Now that is some inspired thinking. Nice one. I think a lot of folks would dig it.

  • brNdon

    Brolin would be perfect to play a Miller inspired Dark Knight. Gosling is just too pretty for the role.

  • nelson

    Where’s the hell is Karl Urban?

    • Strong Enough

      only you fanboys want him. no one else

      • More Than Strong Enough

        Fanboys are the ones who end up deciding the fate and legacy of most of these movies.

      • Strong Enough

        yeah sure. you guys totally showed up for scott pilgrim. go crawl under your hole

  • SnotPilot

    Brolin and Gosling are probably to well known for people to be able to imagine them in role. And as for John Hamm, definitely a great choice, has the presence and range for the role, but maybe scheduling problems are the reason they are not considering him. From the names above I would go with Armitage, he ticks all the boxes for the part.

  • NephewOfAnarchy

    It’s all about the jaw. Look at Brolin’s magnificent square jaw, that’s perfect for Batman. I like the Gos, but he doesn’t have the Batman jaw.

    • Vic

      IT”S ALL ABOUT THE JAW PEOPLE!! DON’T YU GET IT> AHAAHA!

  • mad

    I like Jon Hamm but NOT for Batman…Joel Edgerton is interesting as well as Richard Armitage. Ryan Gosling NOT (too young) which eliminates Jensen “television actor” Ackles who is also too young (can anyone see him acting against A list actors in a blockbuster feature?? I think not).

  • Kpaqu1

    Joe Manganiello will be the Macho Man Randy Savage in a bio-pic. OOOHHHHH YEAH!

  • Victor Pleitez

    Thorin oakenshield as batman count me in.

  • Daniel O’Reilly

    Brolin would be perfect for Batman. Maybe a little more difficult to buy as Bruce Wayne, but I’m not so sure the film is going to be very interested in Bruce Wayne anyway.

  • Terri Woods

    Josh Brolin. Nobody else would be as good imo.

    • Vic

      Josh has the Voice, profile and character to play a great Batman. Brolin will get the part. He is the best man for it.

  • Munier Sharrieff

    Josh Brolin as Batman I’d believe would die trying to beat Superman. Was watching “Law Abiding Citizen” last night and thought Gerard Butler would look bat-shit crazy under the cowl.

  • JK1193

    Oh do I want it to be Richard so bad!!! Max is a great choice as well, his presence in Pacific Rim definately resembles an older Bruce Wayne.

    • ikkf

      I’ve always liked Max. He was great as a Delta Force operator on The Unit and can turn on the menace in a blink. A terrific actor who’s paid his dues.

  • Dan

    Strong enough, that wasn’t me…so clearly somebody else thought of it. Since you have nothing better to offer other than shitting on everything, go troll somewhere else. I like the idea of Keaton as Thomas Wayne…that’d be a neat callback.

  • Kenny Powers

    Christian Bale is still the best choice, hand Nolan a blank check to assume a larger role with the film and Bale would likely join.

    I’m completely against casting an older Batman because we won’t know his history/past that’s made him who he is. In no way am I suggesting an origin story, but if this is an older, wiser Batman it’d benefit character development to know his past. However, my biggest concern with casting an older actor to play Batman, it’s not likely he’ll play the role for long. Unless they film the Batman reboot and Justice League films rather quickly, which it’s never a good idea to rush production no matter the reason. I’d rather wait however long for a great, quality story and film.

    Anyways, if they cast an older Bruce Wayne/Batman, I suggest Timothy Olyphant.

    Should they consider a “younger” Batman, I suggest Taylor Kitsch.

    I know, he hasn’t had the best luck at the box office, but you can entirely blame him. Kitsch is 31, so young enough to be attached to the role for the next decade+ for the upcoming Batman and Justice League trilogies. I’d love to see him audition for this role because I think he could be great. Bruce Wayne is basically a darker, wealthier Tim Riggins. A lot of similarities between the two. If you think about the character development of Riggins throughout the series, Kitsch showed he can be a dark, brooding, never backs down, die-trying, badass like Batman. Then he can be a likeable, confident, charismatic, good-hearted, well-intentioned, fan favorite, bad boy. He’s got the eyes, jawline and definitely the physique to pull off Batman and he’s got the suave, arrogant, ladykilling, model good looks of Bruce.

  • Amange Rasul

    Manu Bennett anyone, he is perfect and he is 43. omg warner bros. must be blind

    • bidi

      that dude can barely speak english and he’s from New Zealand. fuck him

  • Jaybird

    Lame. How are they going to come off Christian Bale and The Dark Knight Trilogy and pull these unknown names out to carry on a franchise like this. Not to mention, Henry Cavil is already a somewhat unknown actor. Batman has to be someone established to hold up some veteran credibility and balance things out. I hope to God they don’t pick an unknow actor to save a buck. Big mistake in the long run. Make Christian Bale an offer he can’t refuse. That’ll make everyone happy and be the best recipe for success.

  • Wayne

    I could picture Guy Pearce as both Batman and Wayne.

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  • LEM

    Bale was in his mid to late thirties his entire run as Batman so if they want to go older they need to veer toward 50. I’d rather they didn’t do this movie because it all seems very rushed with no foundation the way Marvel has done with their universe. I’d rather they just do a Batman Beyond movie and cast Clint Eastwood as Bruce Wayne and find some young actor to play Terry McGinnis/Batman.

  • LEM

    Bale was in his mid to late thirties his entire run as Batman so if they want to go older they need to veer toward 50. I’d rather they didn’t do this movie because it all seems very rushed with no foundation the way Marvel has done with their universe. I’d rather they just do a Batman Beyond movie and cast Clint Eastwood as Bruce Wayne and find some young actor to play Terry McGinnis/Batman.

  • Todd

    Liev Schreiber or Jeffrey Dean Morgan

  • Allan Martin

    Je suis d’accord, dans la plupart des les incanations de The Dark Knight et Superman ils devraient être près de la même âge à la première, des émissions de télévision et de bandes dessinées, Bruce Wayne a eu un reationship flurting avec Lois Lane juste de fumer superman out. aucun de ces acteurs ont les côtelettes de retirer ceci, ils devraient commencer à partir de zéro.

    • evinrude

      Cet!

  • https://www.facebook.com/MyPassion4Life?ref=hl Javan Clark

    Josh Brolin is the only guy on the list that has the level of “menacing presence” necessary to carry the Batman that is set to appear in this movie.

    • We miss Roger Ebert

      So growling and having a Texan accent equals menacing presence? Call up those guys from Duck Dynasty!

  • https://www.facebook.com/MyPassion4Life?ref=hl Javan Clark

    I think people are reading way to far into the Comic Con Announcement. Yes there will be conflict, but it won’t be Batman hates Superman conflict. This is the beginning of Worlds Finest. In that sense it’s an origin movie. Conflict will be used to generate respect, and they will come together to form (IMO) the greatest super team ever.

    This is an origin story for Worlds Finest. Remember, this is based on New 52. Batman and Superman are best friends, and it took conflict to get them to that point.

  • https://www.facebook.com/MyPassion4Life?ref=hl Javan Clark

    I think people are reading way to far into the Comic Con Announcement. Yes there will be conflict, but it won’t be Batman hates Superman conflict. This is the beginning of Worlds Finest. In that sense it’s an origin movie. Conflict will be used to generate respect, and they will come together to form (IMO) the greatest super team ever.

    This is an origin story for Worlds Finest. Remember, this is based on New 52. Batman and Superman are best friends, and it took conflict to get them to that point.

  • sense11

    Brolin

  • Bob

    Josh Brolin!!!!! Someone on the last report where Batman was reported to be old suggested Brolin, and I responded with that would be ana amazing choice and nkw there thinking of actually doing it! Do it! He would be perfect!

  • http://windowsphonedaily.com/ Saad Hashmi

    I hope they consider Anson Mount from Hell on Wheels. He’s a picture perfect choice for Bruce Wayne and Batman.

  • http://windowsphonedaily.com/ Saad Hashmi

    I hope they consider Anson Mount from Hell on Wheels. He’s a picture perfect choice for Bruce Wayne and Batman.

    • Raptor Jesus

      Hell yes.

  • Marco Morales

    Bryan Cranston.

  • Marco Morales

    Bryan Cranston.

  • Bryce Forestieri

    I say who the fuck cares. 1.Goyer 2.Snyder and 3.Nolan are still in charge (in that exact hierarchy), nothing good can out of that trio.

  • Djano9000

    This whole process REEKS of a complete total and utter lack of imagination.

    “LET’S JUST GET THE BIGGEST BANKABLE STARS!”

    Because CLEARLY that’s why Chris Nolan chose Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, and Aaron Eckhart. Y’know, them being box office gold obvious choices for their roles and all.

    Shee-eeshhh

  • Matty

    Jon Hamm!

    • evinrude

      Can see Hamm being a great choice for Gordon if he should appear in their story.

    • evinrude

      Can see Hamm being a great choice for Gordon if he should appear in their story.

  • BATCHOICE

    To bad Eric Bana did the Hulk. He would be really good choice. Check him out it Hanna. Urban would be good but he has new tv series starting, tv guys will have scheduling conflicts. You Need someone with some edge but a almost Clint Eastwood vibe. To bad Tom Hardy already played Bane, could of gotten behind that casting. What about Colin Farrell, he sits right in there.

    • ikkf

      Good call. I’ve always thought Bana would make a great Bruce Wayne. I still think Nicolaj Coster-Waldau would be a good choice as Batman.

    • ikkf

      Good call. I’ve always thought Bana would make a great Bruce Wayne. I still think Nicolaj Coster-Waldau would be a good choice as Batman.

    • bidi

      the real shame is that Hugh Jackman is already Wolverine. that dude would own as Batman/Bruce Wayne

  • Ty

    Non I think an older batman does not fit the idea that goyer has talked about before.

  • Ty

    Non I think an older batman does not fit the idea that goyer has talked about before.

  • Kryptonian Knight

    You know what these guys have in common? NOTHING! These rumors need to stop cause Gosling is not in his 40′s and Brolin is so old Batman news and Gosling don’t add up!

  • junierizzle

    I don’t care who they choose, just make a good freaking movie, please!!!!!!

    I will shoot myself in 2015 if I come out of the theatre and say, “It was kinda stupid but I thought it was good overall, I mean, what do you expect, it’s a comic book movie.” Geez, somebody shoot me now!

  • Cooper

    Ryan Gosling might make a convincing Robin. But not right for Batman especially if the character is older in this film.

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  • ikkf

    Josh Brolin would make a great Gordon.

    • Joe

      Josh Brolin would make a great Pa Kent.
      Get the irony?

  • Thedarkknight

    Wait they want an old Batman… in his 40′s? No origin story? How about Christian Bale? Why doesn’t WB want to make 2 billion dollars off of this flick?

    • Joe

      Bingo! I’ve been saying this again and again.
      I just don’t get it…Bale is RIGHT there!
      He was and still is the best choice for Batman/Bruce…and totally school Kal-El.

      • Joe

        Yes I know Bale says he doesn’t want to return but with a great script and Nolan’s greater involvement he could be tempted to return for one last jaunt. I don’t see how a much older Batman will not be killed off in this movie seeing how Justice League looms with much advanced production dates.

  • matt murdock

    How old is Michael Keaton? I have always wanted someone to do a live action, DKR. Instead of going for a similar tone just do the novel. Bring back Keaton as the older Batman. It would be a great return for Keaton and it would be great to see him in the role after being away from it for twenty one years.

  • OhDawg

    Max Martini, huh? I must admit, I hadn’t thought of him, but he’d be a good choice, I guess.
    Edit: He’s still a little old for my taste, but if that’s the age range they are going for then I will continue to think Karl Urban is the perfect choice. Out of the guys listed above, I’d go with the guy from True Blood.

  • We miss Roger Ebert

    Richard Armitage.

    Suave, sophisticated, charming, charismatic, has got the huge 6’2 frame and physique, the deep voice, the alpha male aspect of Batman, looks good in a suit for Bruce Wayne.

    Richard Armitage. The ONLY way to go.

  • -

    Gosling is probably the best actor of the three. I don’t think he’d do it, though.

  • Killabee

    Jensen Ackles for Batman!

  • RGB

    Michael C. Hall anyone?

  • Napoli

    Michael Fassbender would be the perfect choice imo to play Batman. He’s got the acting chops and looks pull of a very conventional and established Batman. Unfortunately, due to X-men its unlikely that’ll ever happen.

    • Vic

      He does not have the physique. Get real.

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  • Frank

    Joe Manganiello. The fact that they’re even considering this pathetic cheeseball from the ice cream commercials illustrates someone needs to slap Warner Bros. Horrible actor. And he looks like an oafy male stripper, far from the world’s greatest detective.

  • Vic

    Brolin already played a detective in Mimic and Oldboy in the upcoming Spike lee rip off. So OLDBOY for BATMAN, Yeah!!

  • chevy

    Karl Urban

  • Khan

    Jim Caviezel for Batman Everybody. :)

  • Alexander

    it would be enough casting ryan gosling just to watch him try to do a gruff tone of voice after hearing all his squeaky screams in the place beyond the pines

    • Victor Pleitez

      He seems to be good with facial expressions plus he likes violence judging his last film. So if this Batman were more violent and darker he would be perfect for it. Imagine Batman walking up to Superman stare at him like some wack job and utter ” wanna fight?”

  • thinker365

    Max Martini. I just watched clips on youtube of him and wow, he would be perfect with darker hair.

  • Alboone

    Brolin for the win. Far and away the best choice.

  • onionrovirosa

    So stupid…just get Christian Bale.
    Robert Downey Jr and Hugh Jackman keep playing their characters for 8 movies.

    • Victor Pleitez

      I think the way Christian sees it is; he just doesn’t want to be stuck playing the same role over and over again. Actors like him like to branch out and go for roles that could net them an oscar.

  • Joe

    If they really cast Josh Brolin as Bruce Wayne they should rename the movie:
    Bruce Wayne vs Martha Kent or Brolin vs Lane.

    Yippee ki-yay MF…that’s a fight to watch!

  • sunshine

    this is fake. zach snyder already said that clark is the first hero to show up.

  • chad

    Brolin

  • F

    I know this will be kind of a left field decision but i think Idris Elba would make a terrific Batman

  • Wait

    This is just too fast. Set it up for 2016! Hammering out a script this fast for shooting in 2014 is ridiculous!

  • Ian

    Bryan Cranston IS Jim Gordon

  • thatguy

    This is awesome, I just saw Pacific Rim and while I was watching it I was like, Max Martini could work as the older Batman! I haven’t seen him in anything before, or at least I don’t recognize him. He seems like a very solid actor, I liked his performance and hope to see him again.

    • ikkf

      If you liked Max, check him out in The Unit sometime. He played a super tightly wound Delta Force operator who’s constantly on the verge of snapping. He had some explosive meltdowns on that show and is able to turn on the menace factor in a blink. He put in the most memorable performance for the most interesting character on the show.

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  • JJ

    I don’t see how Joe could get the part. You can’t have some 6’4 batman towering over a 6’1 superman. It just wouldn’t look right

  • Dean

    Puts C.Bale. the universe is already established and we are already familiar (we do not need a new batman) many complain that the universe is isolated and realistic, I agree! But it was “realistic” ate before Superman and the aliens arrive. This way Batman investigates and deals with it the same way as he prepared to fight crime in the first film. He would adapt to new challenges, after Batman is a man (it is in the film) with various skills (this is in the movie) Smart (it has in the movie, and can look alfred’s speech in the third film in the bat-cave) with armor super fuck (this is in the movie)

    he just need to have more gadgets in utility belt, and it is not difficult to solve … can put it after leaving gotham he continued his trip around the world and learned more. has so many possibilities!

  • DemiathDH

    Idris Elba! The first afro-american Batman!

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  • ska7triumph

    While it would be great buzz to get a well-known actor, the likely option is for the experienced but lesser-known one (ARMITAGE, MARTINI). I can see it being beyond a scheduling problem for HAMM or even JOE M. It’s being locked into THAT role for the next 5-6 years. The older well-known vets may look the part but does anyone seeing them being patient with a franchise for that long? They have the range to do OTHER, edgier, smaller stuff.

  • poppincherry

    Ryan G as Batman? Kiss my ass. Josh Brolin? Hell No. The other guy looks like a douche bag.
    At the end of the day the 3rd act for this movie will be one hour long and noisy.

  • poppincherry

    Jeffrey Dean Morgan or John Hamm bitches. Hell, at this point Nick Cage would be a considerable choice.

    Or, take a deep breath, Daniel Craig or even Javier Bardem. Oh shit!

  • LOL

    No, Michael Shannon. :D

    • sense11

      what are you, an idiot?

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  • Nomis1700

    They should definitely go with Richard Armitage! He’s perfect!!

  • Nomis1700

    They should definitely go with Richard Armitage! He’s perfect!!

  • Brent Stires

    Karl Urban bitches

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