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By: Adam Basciano
A few days ago the fantastic Batman fan site Batman-On-Film reported that their sources informed them that Warner Brothers was looking for an older, more established Batman to join the Man of Steel follow-up film. The site went on to suggest names of actors fans should start “thinking about” for the role. The Hollywood Reporter has validated this report saying. “According to numerous sources, this Wayne/Batman will be in the late 30s or around the 40 mark. He will be established and rugged. This new movie will not seek to recount an origin story or the rise of the Dark Knight.” With this in mind the site also provides a list of the names their inside sources are telling them are in contention at this stage:
Josh Brolin – This actor is a frequent collaborator with Warner Brothers. I think he has the right look for a more mature, veteran Batman. Looks wise he resembles the Alex Ross/Arkham City version of the character. I can easily visualize him in the role. Sure he’s been in some dud’s movie wise, but he’s a fantastic actor! “American Gangster”, “W”, “No Country for Old Men” are performances of his I quite enjoyed.
Joe Manganiello – Being someone who watches “True Blood”, I enjoy Manganiello’s work on the series. He’s got the height, physique, and has that rugged more grizzled look that Warner Brothers is apparently going for. Not to mention, he was runner-up to Henry Cavill for Superman in “Man of Steel.” I see him fitting Batman more, and apparently director Zack Snyder really liked him when he auditioned for “Man of Steel.”
Ryan Gosling – Good God….please….ANYBODY on this list but him! Gosling defenders will quickly tell me to watch “Drive” and “Only God Forgives”, for examples of why Gosling would fit the role! I’ve seen him in “Drive” and “Gangster Squad” The guy can act, but I just don’t see Batman when I watch him. Not only that, if WB are going for an older, grizzled, grittier looking version of the character, I’m sorry but Gosling is the antithesis of that! Furthermore, in the past when asked about playing a superhero, he’s seemingly come off as pretentious, having little interest in doing such a role. However, if he were cast I would still support this film and hope that Ryan Gosling would prove me wrong like Heath Ledger did as The Joker.
Matthew Goode – Has worked with Zack Snyder before on “Watchmen” in the role of Ozymandias. He’s got a good height and a Bruce Wayne-ish look about him. He’d have to bulk up, which wouldn’t be an issue. Whether he can pull of the type of Batman required is unknown at this point. Interesting to note, Goode has also worked opposite “Man of Steel” actress Amy Adams.
I haven’t seen enough of Richard Armitage or Max Martini to make any sort of comment on their potential as Bruce Wayne candidates. I’m sure we’ll hear more names before whoever is cast is formally announced, my top choice from this list is Josh Brolin…