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BATMAN vs SUPERMAN Casting Rumors: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Joe Manganiello, and Others Up for Batman.

Posted on August 4, 2013 at 9:18 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


Recently it was reported that Warner Bros. was looking to cast an older actor to portray the Dark Knight in Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman.   Today a shortlist of veteran actors rumored to be in contention for the role has surfaced.  Warner Bros. has stated that they want to convey the tone of the Batman/Superman relationship as portrayed in Fran Miller’s iconic graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns.  So right off the bat, you get an idea of what the studio is looking for.

130106_josh_brolin_660Of course it’s extremely early in the process, as David S. Goyer hasn’t even begun writing the script.  So take all of this with a grain of salt, I am sure it will change a hundred times, and a thousand other actors will be added to the list before a final casting decision is made.

Heat Vision is reporting that they 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 theGangster 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.

joe-manganiello-440Also in the mix, according to the report, are Ryan Gosling (32), Joe Manganiello (36), The Hobbitstar 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.

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?  Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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