At the end of last week we rumor had it Warner Bros. was looking for an actor in his mid-40s described as "a grizzled veteran who has been on the job for several years" to play Batman in Zack Snyder's Batman vs. Superman (or Man of Steel 2 if you prefer). At the time names such as Jon Hamm, Josh Brolin and Gerard Butler were mentioned as potential contenders, but today The Hollywood Reporter has something of a more "official" leaked list of names including Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Matthew Goode, Joe Manganiello, Richard Armitage and Max Martini.
The list makes some measure of sense in some places and not so much in others. If they're looking for a grizzled actor in his mid-40s where does the idea of 32-year-old Ryan Gosling come up and if you're going to consider Gosling why not just ask Joseph Gordon-Levitt (32) and maintain continuity with Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight franchise? That said, I see no chance of Gosling get this role.
As much as I think Manganiello (36) is solid on "True Blood" and found his "pumped" up portion of Magic Mike to be hilarious, I don't think he has the chops to pull off a role such as Batman and lead what I expect WB wants to be a new franchise, though he's got the "grizzled" look nailed.
The smart bets would be on Goode (35), Brolin (46) and Armitage (41). No, I don't see Pacific Rim's Max Martini scoring the role. Between those three I personally would love to see Josh Brolin, who is also reportedly the frontrunner/favorite at this point, but Armitrage, who will be seen again as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug this winter, could also be a great choice. Goode would be serviceable, but I just don't think he would distinguish himself enough from Henry Cavill as Superman to be the best choice.
For now, of course, these are just rumors, but with David S. Goyer working on the script and filming expected to begin in 2014 for a 2015 release, I expect them to want to get this role nailed down sooner rather than later.
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