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Rumor: New Batman to be "established and rugged" with contenders being Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and more!

Aug. 3, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Probably the most important and controversial casting currently on the horizon is for that of the actor who will wear the cowl in the kinda-sequel to MAN OF STEEL, which is the as-yet-titled SUPERMAN/BATMAN film from Zack Snyder. We’ve already put our feelers out on the topic and while the script is currently being penned by David Goyer, The Hollywood Reporter has a few inside sources that claim to have a peek into just what kind of Batman Goyer and Snyder are looking to bring into the fold, as well as a list of frontrunners that may vie for the role.

Here’s THR’s rundown:

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. Christian Bale, The Dark Knight trilogy Batman, has said he won't return for another film. 

Sources say the new movie is aiming for the tone of the relationship and fight seen in Frank Miller’s 1980s ground-breaking mini-series The Dark Knight Returns.

So, just who are these contenders?  Apparently, the number one choice is Josh Brolin (age 46), who is no stranger to comic adaptations (the unfortunate JONAH HEX and the upcoming SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR). The second-in-line is said to be Ryan Gosling (age 32), who has yet to take on a commercial role, although he seems to be warming up to the idea as he’s been linked as a contender for the new STAR WARS as well.

Rounding out the bunch is True Blood’s Joe Manganiello (age 36), who is one of the more “unproven” actors on the list, but was said to be a potential for the role of Superman in Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL before it went to Henry Cavill. Next on the list is Max Martini (43), formerly of the TV show The Unit and most recently of PACIFIC RIM.  An interesting choice on the list is that of Richard Armitage (age 41), who is currently tearing it up in Peter Jackson’s THE HOBBIT trilogy as Thorin Oakenshield. Last up is Matthew Goode, the lanky British actor who has already played a superhero for Snyder as Ozymandias in WATCHMEN.

An interesting batch of choices, for sure, but for my money Josh Brolin is the clear winner. Brolin is “total package” material for an “established” and “rugged” Batman, with the strongest voice and physical presence of The Dark Knight in that form. The others all have their strengths, but none scream out “perfect” to me.

One thing is for sure, whoever is eventually cast will absolutely have a career-defining role on their hands and become a staple of the geek universe forever, be it in a good or bad light (poor Ryan Reynolds).  A decision is expected to be made within the next few weeks as WB is aiming to start shooting in 2014 for a 2015 release. Stay tuned for the news that will likely “break the Internet.”

What do you think of these choices?

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4:18PM on 08/06/2013

Maybe...

People may not like this but what about Michael Fassbender? I can see him as a good Bruce and possibly a convincing batman, what do you guys think?
People may not like this but what about Michael Fassbender? I can see him as a good Bruce and possibly a convincing batman, what do you guys think?
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11:44AM on 08/06/2013

Ryan

Ryan should be batman
Ryan should be batman
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11:44AM on 08/06/2013

Ryan

Ryan should be batman
Ryan should be batman
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8:06AM on 08/06/2013

I got a whole wack of negative votes for this the last time,

but I agree with Jedd the Jedi that James Purefoy would be an excellent choice for an older Batman. He has the look, the acting chops, the charisma and the comic timing to do both roles justice.
but I agree with Jedd the Jedi that James Purefoy would be an excellent choice for an older Batman. He has the look, the acting chops, the charisma and the comic timing to do both roles justice.
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1:41AM on 08/06/2013
James Purefoy, mayhaps?
James Purefoy, mayhaps?
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8:04AM on 08/06/2013
Hell. YES!!!!!
Hell. YES!!!!!
12:15PM on 08/05/2013

I'm not sure about this list.

I love Ryan Gosling, but he's not Batman material. Josh Brolin has the menace of the Dark Knight, but I'm not so sure he can pull off Bruce Wayne. Joe Manganiello is a sexy man, and I say that heterosexually of course, but I don't think he's a good actor, nor do I think he's a good fit for the cowl.

From the above list, I think Richard Armitage looks the part the most, and he has the intensity needed for Batman... so maybe he would be my pick out of here.

I know Matthew Goode doesn't
I love Ryan Gosling, but he's not Batman material. Josh Brolin has the menace of the Dark Knight, but I'm not so sure he can pull off Bruce Wayne. Joe Manganiello is a sexy man, and I say that heterosexually of course, but I don't think he's a good actor, nor do I think he's a good fit for the cowl.

From the above list, I think Richard Armitage looks the part the most, and he has the intensity needed for Batman... so maybe he would be my pick out of here.

I know Matthew Goode doesn't fit at all. In all the roles I've seen him in, he's more of a mysterious character that seems calm and kind, but really has deep dark secrets that he's hiding... not deep and dark as in, "I'm Batman." Deep and dark as in, "I just murdered ten people with an ice pick." An amazing actor, though... I just don't think he'd fit as the hero. He would kill it (so to speak) as the villain, though!
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12:28PM on 08/05/2013
Josh Brolin in Wall Street 2 worked for me. i think he can pull off Bruce Wayne (well, at least as well as these other guys).
Josh Brolin in Wall Street 2 worked for me. i think he can pull off Bruce Wayne (well, at least as well as these other guys).
11:52PM on 08/05/2013
I like your thoughts on Goode. He's got kind of a quiet intensity, but I just think he lacks the rage (and the jawline) to be Batman. You hit the nail right on the head about him. He would make an awesome villain! I could totally see him as The Riddler in a Nolan Universe kinda way.
I like your thoughts on Goode. He's got kind of a quiet intensity, but I just think he lacks the rage (and the jawline) to be Batman. You hit the nail right on the head about him. He would make an awesome villain! I could totally see him as The Riddler in a Nolan Universe kinda way.
11:57AM on 08/05/2013
My choice from this list: Brolin.
My choice from this list: Brolin.
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11:51AM on 08/05/2013

What about Sam Worthington...

He's established, fairly talented, and seems to fit the criteria. He's not a great actor, but he's at least on par with some of their lower choices. I could see him dawning the cowl... Although, I'm still not sure I want to see it being dawned so soon... Not that I haven't been happy with the more recent DC ventures, but I've still got a creeping feeling that this movie won't be very good. Don't get me wrong, I love Batman and Superman, but I really see them as stand alone heroes. With The
He's established, fairly talented, and seems to fit the criteria. He's not a great actor, but he's at least on par with some of their lower choices. I could see him dawning the cowl... Although, I'm still not sure I want to see it being dawned so soon... Not that I haven't been happy with the more recent DC ventures, but I've still got a creeping feeling that this movie won't be very good. Don't get me wrong, I love Batman and Superman, but I really see them as stand alone heroes. With The Avengers, the reason I think it worked so well was both, that all of the characters were just as interesting as a sum as they were individually. I don't feel that's true in this case. Batman and Superman really work better in their respective worlds, if that makes any sense.
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11:41AM on 08/05/2013

I kinda like Brolin for this...

I could totally see Brolin, or even Karl Urban, as an older, more weathered Bruce Wayne. Gosling doesn't work for me though... At least, not as Batman. He's an incredible actor and he does have an intensity, but I just can't see him as Batman. Of the others, I've only seen them on occasion, but the only one who's performances have struck me were Matthew Goode's. Again, I'm not sure I see him as Batman, but anyone who's seen The Lookout knows that Goode has got a lot of unrecognized
I could totally see Brolin, or even Karl Urban, as an older, more weathered Bruce Wayne. Gosling doesn't work for me though... At least, not as Batman. He's an incredible actor and he does have an intensity, but I just can't see him as Batman. Of the others, I've only seen them on occasion, but the only one who's performances have struck me were Matthew Goode's. Again, I'm not sure I see him as Batman, but anyone who's seen The Lookout knows that Goode has got a lot of unrecognized potential.
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10:30AM on 08/05/2013
I think Brolin is a good choice for this type of Batman but ever since I heard his name tossed into the mix in the Cast This comments I still think that Matthew Fox would be a better choice. I wish WB would be that inspired
I think Brolin is a good choice for this type of Batman but ever since I heard his name tossed into the mix in the Cast This comments I still think that Matthew Fox would be a better choice. I wish WB would be that inspired
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11:31AM on 08/05/2013
Huh... I don't think I ever would've considered Matthew Fox for Batman... But I think he'd be an inspired choice. I've always kind of kept him in a box, and it's a shame. Not that I didn't enjoy Lost, or even the short lived series, Haunted, but I've never really thought of him as someone who could really step outside of his comfort zone. That is, until Alex Cross... The movie itself was pretty mediocre on many counts, but his performance and physical transformation really showed me his
Huh... I don't think I ever would've considered Matthew Fox for Batman... But I think he'd be an inspired choice. I've always kind of kept him in a box, and it's a shame. Not that I didn't enjoy Lost, or even the short lived series, Haunted, but I've never really thought of him as someone who could really step outside of his comfort zone. That is, until Alex Cross... The movie itself was pretty mediocre on many counts, but his performance and physical transformation really showed me his dedication to his craft. He was a bit over the top, but I fail to see that as a bad thing. Nicolas Cage, Al Pacino and John Travolta are all constantly ridiculed for their over the top performances, but they've also got a number of Oscar nominations and even a couple wins. I think you've made a good call... I'd at least give Fox an audition. He may be the best actor for the part that nobody's given the time of day to.
12:41PM on 08/05/2013
I loved Lost and I did the same thing with him. I always just see him as Jack. So it wasn't until someone else put his name out during the Cast This article that I thought about it. The more I thought the more I liked it. He is a great actor and I think he could definitely pull the intensity for Batman while also bringing the charisma for Wayne.
I loved Lost and I did the same thing with him. I always just see him as Jack. So it wasn't until someone else put his name out during the Cast This article that I thought about it. The more I thought the more I liked it. He is a great actor and I think he could definitely pull the intensity for Batman while also bringing the charisma for Wayne.
9:27AM on 08/05/2013
I have seen this story all weekend and hadn't posted until now because I just don't buy it. If they were really going to go with an older Batman they would offer as much money to Bale as they could. I think this is nothing but a disinformation campaign. They will cast a younger Bats, more around Cavill's age because they will want this actor to play Batman for a long time. Figure at least 3 JL films plus some Batman stand alones. I just don't buy any of this as true.
I have seen this story all weekend and hadn't posted until now because I just don't buy it. If they were really going to go with an older Batman they would offer as much money to Bale as they could. I think this is nothing but a disinformation campaign. They will cast a younger Bats, more around Cavill's age because they will want this actor to play Batman for a long time. Figure at least 3 JL films plus some Batman stand alones. I just don't buy any of this as true.
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10:01AM on 08/05/2013
They wouldn't cast Bale. Both Nolan and Snyder have stated that Bale's Batman is done and this one will have absolutely no relation to that universe.
They wouldn't cast Bale. Both Nolan and Snyder have stated that Bale's Batman is done and this one will have absolutely no relation to that universe.
10:27AM on 08/05/2013
Which as I said makes me think this is all BS. Why would they cast an older Batman when they aren't even going to do Justice League for another 4 years? I think people took the TDKR line as the movie they are doing when it is probably just that Supes & Bats will be at odds in the film, not that THAT story is what they are doing. To get a franchise off the ground this would be unbelievably stupid to do, go older.
Which as I said makes me think this is all BS. Why would they cast an older Batman when they aren't even going to do Justice League for another 4 years? I think people took the TDKR line as the movie they are doing when it is probably just that Supes & Bats will be at odds in the film, not that THAT story is what they are doing. To get a franchise off the ground this would be unbelievably stupid to do, go older.
8:32AM on 08/05/2013
They really need to pursue Jon Hamm again for this role. Brolin is being used for everything and I think it would overload for him to get this role. I like Brolin, but I cannot see him as Batman.
They really need to pursue Jon Hamm again for this role. Brolin is being used for everything and I think it would overload for him to get this role. I like Brolin, but I cannot see him as Batman.
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10:02AM on 08/05/2013
Jon Hamm has stated that he has no interest in ever doing comic book movies.
Jon Hamm has stated that he has no interest in ever doing comic book movies.
2:53PM on 08/05/2013
Why get an actor who isn't interested in the part? His performance will suffer in the long run and end up quitting early on. Money isn't really going to solve any of this.
Why get an actor who isn't interested in the part? His performance will suffer in the long run and end up quitting early on. Money isn't really going to solve any of this.
5:44AM on 08/05/2013
Wait wait, so there's the possibility that Batman used to be married to Ma Kent? Awkward.
Wait wait, so there's the possibility that Batman used to be married to Ma Kent? Awkward.
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5:02AM on 08/05/2013
It's been said, but Jim Caviezel's name deserves to be thrown into the mix.
It's been said, but Jim Caviezel's name deserves to be thrown into the mix.
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4:24AM on 08/05/2013

Scott Adkins

This guy is awesome, the best movie martial artist on the planet. I believe he has the look, the skills and believe it or not, the acting chops to pull this off. Adkins acts extremely well, able to show emotions to fit the mood of every scene. Batman is after all, not a character that spends his time crying and showing a whole host of emotions - in fact, quite the opposite. If you need convincing then go and watch him act as a Russian in Undisputed 2 or 3 (He's British). If you want to see him
This guy is awesome, the best movie martial artist on the planet. I believe he has the look, the skills and believe it or not, the acting chops to pull this off. Adkins acts extremely well, able to show emotions to fit the mood of every scene. Batman is after all, not a character that spends his time crying and showing a whole host of emotions - in fact, quite the opposite. If you need convincing then go and watch him act as a Russian in Undisputed 2 or 3 (He's British). If you want to see him in a more dramatic role with some DETECTIVE skills, watch "Assassination Games" and "Zero Dark 30". He even sounds like Jon Conroy. Karl Urban was my top choice until I found him after seeing #AdkinsforBatman trending on twitter.
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6:26PM on 08/05/2013
I have mentioned Scott Adkins before also, difference is people were thumbing me down when i did...why the fuck? Anyway, Scott Adkins can be an incredible batman.
I have mentioned Scott Adkins before also, difference is people were thumbing me down when i did...why the fuck? Anyway, Scott Adkins can be an incredible batman.
1:16AM on 08/05/2013
RICHARD ARMITAGE!!! He's perfect for batman and a brilliant choice! If you aren't convinced by his Thorin, check out his Guy of Gisborne in BBC's Robin Hood (2006)
RICHARD ARMITAGE!!! He's perfect for batman and a brilliant choice! If you aren't convinced by his Thorin, check out his Guy of Gisborne in BBC's Robin Hood (2006)
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1:13AM on 08/05/2013

If they are going for an older. The Dark Knight Returns type batman...

I actually think Brolin would be perfect... if they are just going for an older still billionaire playboy... I just don't know who.
I actually think Brolin would be perfect... if they are just going for an older still billionaire playboy... I just don't know who.
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12:21AM on 08/05/2013

Some very interesting choices.

Aside from the fact that I know I will see this movie, but just don't know how well the concept will play out as far as fan/movie goer satisfaction. I'm totally biased in how much I like the Nolan trilogy and it's so, so soon, but gotta get that dolla dolla bill y'all.

I could totally see Brolin, but only if it were for the next 2 films based on his age.
I kinda liked the JGL as Nightwing concept if they went the continuity route and maybe had Bale back as Wayne, but that is long shot too
Aside from the fact that I know I will see this movie, but just don't know how well the concept will play out as far as fan/movie goer satisfaction. I'm totally biased in how much I like the Nolan trilogy and it's so, so soon, but gotta get that dolla dolla bill y'all.

I could totally see Brolin, but only if it were for the next 2 films based on his age.
I kinda liked the JGL as Nightwing concept if they went the continuity route and maybe had Bale back as Wayne, but that is long shot too shit so I don't even know why I mentioned it. (Too many Potato Patch fries tonight...)
Gosling...please kill me if that happens. A lot of people could see Urban and so could I, but doubtful. I dunno, I guess it's gonna be an odd pick at first (Didn't many think of that with Keaton and Bale to begin with?). Would Gyllenhall be a better suit now that its been about ten years and he was the runner up to Bale? God, my head hurts thinking of all the possibilities, but get on with it already so we can begin chastizing (sp_) how he's even gonna be able to compete with Supes...
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11:21PM on 08/04/2013
I am having a hard time envisioning Manganiello as Bruce Wayne. But for all I know he could pull it off.

While I'm thinking True Blood, I can totally see Stephen Moyer as Wayne & Bats if they go the older route, which I'm al for...
I am having a hard time envisioning Manganiello as Bruce Wayne. But for all I know he could pull it off.

While I'm thinking True Blood, I can totally see Stephen Moyer as Wayne & Bats if they go the older route, which I'm al for...
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11:14PM on 08/04/2013
It is easier to make a young actor look old than it is to make an old actor look young. They made 3 Batman films over 8 years so I don't think they should cast someone too old.
It is easier to make a young actor look old than it is to make an old actor look young. They made 3 Batman films over 8 years so I don't think they should cast someone too old.
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11:14PM on 08/04/2013
Armitage seems the most Batman-y out of all these guys, but I would be okay with Brolin landing the role, too. Though I truly hope they don't have The Joker in this movie (way too soon) it wouldn't surprise me if Matthew Goode got the part.
Armitage seems the most Batman-y out of all these guys, but I would be okay with Brolin landing the role, too. Though I truly hope they don't have The Joker in this movie (way too soon) it wouldn't surprise me if Matthew Goode got the part.
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8:32PM on 08/04/2013
OK the good news is "this Wayne/Batman will be in the late 30s or around the 40 mark". But 46 (Brollin) its maybe a too old. And Gosling, as much as I like, Its not in his late 30s or around the 40 mark, so I dont see him as a choise. And from the other guys I can see Armitage as a posibility... or they can call Mr.Urban instead!
P.S. Its the first time I dont see a lot of people in this forum saying Fillion! Fillion! lol
OK the good news is "this Wayne/Batman will be in the late 30s or around the 40 mark". But 46 (Brollin) its maybe a too old. And Gosling, as much as I like, Its not in his late 30s or around the 40 mark, so I dont see him as a choise. And from the other guys I can see Armitage as a posibility... or they can call Mr.Urban instead!
P.S. Its the first time I dont see a lot of people in this forum saying Fillion! Fillion! lol
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8:12PM on 08/04/2013
Geezus, I'll take that Teen Wolf kid over Brolin
Geezus, I'll take that Teen Wolf kid over Brolin
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8:20PM on 08/04/2013
thumb up. I hear ya.
thumb up. I hear ya.
8:12PM on 08/04/2013

Josh Brolin all the way

Josh Brolin all the way
Josh Brolin all the way
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7:55PM on 08/04/2013
ryan gosling would equate to casting george clooney and we all know how that turned out
ryan gosling would equate to casting george clooney and we all know how that turned out
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11:55AM on 08/05/2013
I'd expect him more on par with Val Kilmer's portrayal, but still, I know what you mean... I can't see him wearing that mask and not having every criminal go, "Holy sh*t! It's Ryan Gosling!"
I'd expect him more on par with Val Kilmer's portrayal, but still, I know what you mean... I can't see him wearing that mask and not having every criminal go, "Holy sh*t! It's Ryan Gosling!"
7:49PM on 08/04/2013
as long as they really think it through like some said earlier to make some new movies, i like gosling, but i would prefer someone like karl urban or like ray stephenson
as long as they really think it through like some said earlier to make some new movies, i like gosling, but i would prefer someone like karl urban or like ray stephenson
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6:54AM on 08/05/2013
OR JIM CAVIEZEL
OR JIM CAVIEZEL
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7:27PM on 08/04/2013
Anyone who follows my posts (you do follow my posts, don't you?) knows I've been on the Karl Urban bandwagon for a while. None of the options presented above change my mind on that.

- Ryan Gosling: No, just no.
- Joe Manganiello: Looks way too Italian. Bruce Wayne isn't Italian (as far as I know).
- Josh Brolin: As much as I like Josh, I don't see him as a Bruce Wayne type.
- Richard Armitage: Out of this group I have the least amount of trouble picturing him at Bruce Wayne/Batman. The
Anyone who follows my posts (you do follow my posts, don't you?) knows I've been on the Karl Urban bandwagon for a while. None of the options presented above change my mind on that.

- Ryan Gosling: No, just no.
- Joe Manganiello: Looks way too Italian. Bruce Wayne isn't Italian (as far as I know).
- Josh Brolin: As much as I like Josh, I don't see him as a Bruce Wayne type.
- Richard Armitage: Out of this group I have the least amount of trouble picturing him at Bruce Wayne/Batman. The problem is he seems to have a weak chin. Since the lower face is the only part of the actor you see when in costume, whoever plays Batman has to have a strong chin (points for Brolin then, to be fair).

Both Max Martini and Matthew Goode seem like laughably bad choices for Batman. I could sooner see them as villains, which might not be such a bad idea honestly. Goode has kind of a Jonathan Crane vibe, does he not?
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6:07PM on 08/04/2013

Manganiello all the way

Brolin will look like oil stained turd in the Batman suit. Give me a Batman like the illustrations for once. Joe's a fucking beast, and I'm sure will hold his own just fine considering it's helmed by Snyder. If someone like Darren Aronofsky were directing, I'd probably go a different route. Manganiello's got a great voice too, so we wouldn't have to hear that forced growl.
Brolin will look like oil stained turd in the Batman suit. Give me a Batman like the illustrations for once. Joe's a fucking beast, and I'm sure will hold his own just fine considering it's helmed by Snyder. If someone like Darren Aronofsky were directing, I'd probably go a different route. Manganiello's got a great voice too, so we wouldn't have to hear that forced growl.
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5:54PM on 08/04/2013
Out of these choices I'd probably go with Brolin, but I'm not crazy about any of the options. Gosling could pull it off--of that I have no doubt--but I don't know if I want to see him taking on a role that he'd be bound to for who knows how long.
Out of these choices I'd probably go with Brolin, but I'm not crazy about any of the options. Gosling could pull it off--of that I have no doubt--but I don't know if I want to see him taking on a role that he'd be bound to for who knows how long.
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5:36PM on 08/04/2013

It seems to me...

The same people discrediting Gosling are more than likely the same people who threw a tantrum when Ledger was cast as The Joker. That man is a solid actor and could definitely pull it off.
The same people discrediting Gosling are more than likely the same people who threw a tantrum when Ledger was cast as The Joker. That man is a solid actor and could definitely pull it off.
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11:31AM on 08/05/2013
Ledger had Chris Nolan send all other auditions home because of his performance. If Ryan Reynolds can pull that off, sure, give him Batman...mmhmmm....
Ledger had Chris Nolan send all other auditions home because of his performance. If Ryan Reynolds can pull that off, sure, give him Batman...mmhmmm....
5:36PM on 08/04/2013
I think the reality here is, there's probably 40 different male actors right now who could play this part in this context. Not the most unique or difficult role to cast. I don't think we'll have any real clue who's on the short list until an announcement is made. Just my two cents.
I think the reality here is, there's probably 40 different male actors right now who could play this part in this context. Not the most unique or difficult role to cast. I don't think we'll have any real clue who's on the short list until an announcement is made. Just my two cents.
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5:18PM on 08/04/2013

Batman/Bruce Wayne

It wouldn't happen, but I've always thought that Liev Schreiber would make the perfect older, rugged BruceWayne/Batman. As Bruce, he is intelligent and refined. Plus, Liev is a beast and definitely looks as though he can toss hoodlums. He would be believable standing toe-to-toe with Superman. Fantastic actor, all around.
It wouldn't happen, but I've always thought that Liev Schreiber would make the perfect older, rugged BruceWayne/Batman. As Bruce, he is intelligent and refined. Plus, Liev is a beast and definitely looks as though he can toss hoodlums. He would be believable standing toe-to-toe with Superman. Fantastic actor, all around.
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7:35PM on 08/04/2013
He was even good in that shitty Wolverine movie.
He was even good in that shitty Wolverine movie.
5:02PM on 08/04/2013
Well at least they know they need someone mature, with presence. Out of that list I'd go for Richard Armitage.
Well at least they know they need someone mature, with presence. Out of that list I'd go for Richard Armitage.
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4:17PM on 08/04/2013

I'll be happy with either Ryan, Joe or Matthew

All three are hot and really good actors :)
All three are hot and really good actors :)
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4:15PM on 08/04/2013
When I think both Bruce Wayne and Batman, Joe Manganiello seems like it might be his time to shine. Brolin is an interesting choice, but at 46, I think they're going to want to cast not just Batman for this, but to have that same actor spearhead the next Batman franchise. Oh, and the script is currently being penned by David Goyer? You mean painted by numbers?
When I think both Bruce Wayne and Batman, Joe Manganiello seems like it might be his time to shine. Brolin is an interesting choice, but at 46, I think they're going to want to cast not just Batman for this, but to have that same actor spearhead the next Batman franchise. Oh, and the script is currently being penned by David Goyer? You mean painted by numbers?
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4:12PM on 08/04/2013
Also, am I crazy or would Brolin make a much better fit for Commissioner Gordon? Granted it would be near impossible to fill the shoes of the great Gary Oldman, but I think Brolin could do a decent job with the character, depending on the age they were going for. Of Course, Gordon might not even be in this new movie, so it wouldn't matter.
Also, am I crazy or would Brolin make a much better fit for Commissioner Gordon? Granted it would be near impossible to fill the shoes of the great Gary Oldman, but I think Brolin could do a decent job with the character, depending on the age they were going for. Of Course, Gordon might not even be in this new movie, so it wouldn't matter.
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4:09PM on 08/04/2013
After the recent Come On Hollywood article about finding film roles for the cast of "Lost", I'd say Matthew Fox or Josh Holloway would be a good fit for Bruce Wayne/Batman, both in terms of acting ability and age. I'd probably favor Fox (especially since he seemed to get really fit for that Alex Cross movie) of the two. I feel they'd be better than most the choices given, with the exception of maybe Armitage.
After the recent Come On Hollywood article about finding film roles for the cast of "Lost", I'd say Matthew Fox or Josh Holloway would be a good fit for Bruce Wayne/Batman, both in terms of acting ability and age. I'd probably favor Fox (especially since he seemed to get really fit for that Alex Cross movie) of the two. I feel they'd be better than most the choices given, with the exception of maybe Armitage.
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3:53PM on 08/04/2013

it won't be anyone on this list

we will get a surprise. there are a few actors on the list i could see but i am awaiting that someone else, not on this list, will be cast. still annoyed this is annoying....should have waited until MoS3 and not 2
we will get a surprise. there are a few actors on the list i could see but i am awaiting that someone else, not on this list, will be cast. still annoyed this is annoying....should have waited until MoS3 and not 2
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5:32PM on 08/04/2013
I'm with ya there.
I'm with ya there.
3:50PM on 08/04/2013
Ryan gosling.he is the perfect match for cavill's superman.i think brolin hasn't got that much of a screenpresence to be a Batman.he can make a good commissioner Gordon
Ryan gosling.he is the perfect match for cavill's superman.i think brolin hasn't got that much of a screenpresence to be a Batman.he can make a good commissioner Gordon
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3:32PM on 08/04/2013

Brolin or Gosling.

Hand down. Brolin would be my personal choice, but Gosling would do something interesting with it. I really can't see him agreeing to do it though.

None of the rest are exciting at all. I like Joe Manganiello on True Blood, but he is not Bruce Wayne. He doesn't exude the class or intelligence that is paramount for Wayne/Batman. Most of the rest I don't even know of. Goode I know from The Watchmen, but he seems too scrawny. I suppose he could gain weight, and he was convincingly menacing in
Hand down. Brolin would be my personal choice, but Gosling would do something interesting with it. I really can't see him agreeing to do it though.

None of the rest are exciting at all. I like Joe Manganiello on True Blood, but he is not Bruce Wayne. He doesn't exude the class or intelligence that is paramount for Wayne/Batman. Most of the rest I don't even know of. Goode I know from The Watchmen, but he seems too scrawny. I suppose he could gain weight, and he was convincingly menacing in The Lookout, so maybe he would be cool? Don't know Armitage or Martini at all.

Brolin all the way.
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3:26PM on 08/04/2013
I vote no to all of them. There's not a single actor there I want to see as Batman. Brolin could pull it off but he's just too damn old. I know they say they want an older Batman but they're not thinking it through. They want this to be the start of a long franchise right? But with the time it takes to make these movies (and we all know how much the WB tends to dick around with their comic book properties), how many could Brolin do before he's not believable in the role? You want an older
I vote no to all of them. There's not a single actor there I want to see as Batman. Brolin could pull it off but he's just too damn old. I know they say they want an older Batman but they're not thinking it through. They want this to be the start of a long franchise right? But with the time it takes to make these movies (and we all know how much the WB tends to dick around with their comic book properties), how many could Brolin do before he's not believable in the role? You want an older Batman? Fine. Cast someone who's 35. If you go too much older it just won't work in the long run.
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3:11PM on 08/04/2013

So far, my choices are Joe Manganiello and Richard Armitage

Either one would bring a lot of intensity and do well in the role. Actually, Manganiello was the other finalist for Superman in MAN OF STEEL (he had to drop out due to his TRUE BLOOD duties). I like Josh Brolin but he is on the old side, especially if we're getting into franchise territory. Brolin's 45 (his IMDb page says he was born in 1968) and both Hugh Jackman (44) and RDJ (48) are saying they're tired of the fitness requirements for their roles.

As for Armitage, anyone who has seen
Either one would bring a lot of intensity and do well in the role. Actually, Manganiello was the other finalist for Superman in MAN OF STEEL (he had to drop out due to his TRUE BLOOD duties). I like Josh Brolin but he is on the old side, especially if we're getting into franchise territory. Brolin's 45 (his IMDb page says he was born in 1968) and both Hugh Jackman (44) and RDJ (48) are saying they're tired of the fitness requirements for their roles.

As for Armitage, anyone who has seen THE HOBBIT knows he can do a great Bruce Wayne/Batman.
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2:27PM on 08/04/2013

If Brandt is going to be Batman...

....then I want Chunk for the Penguin, Lip for the Joker, Mikey for Robin, and Mama Fertelli as Wonder Woman.
....then I want Chunk for the Penguin, Lip for the Joker, Mikey for Robin, and Mama Fertelli as Wonder Woman.
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2:08PM on 08/04/2013
YES! Brolin would be great great as a rough batman, he's my top choice. Glad Manganiello is in the contenders too, he has the build and can act too. No way Gosling can be Batman, not a second as I say this as a fan of the man.
YES! Brolin would be great great as a rough batman, he's my top choice. Glad Manganiello is in the contenders too, he has the build and can act too. No way Gosling can be Batman, not a second as I say this as a fan of the man.
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2:05PM on 08/04/2013
YES! Brolin would be great great as a rough batman, he's my top choice. Glad Manganiello is in the contenders too, he has the build and can act too. No way Gosling can be Batman, not a second as I say this as a fan of the man.
YES! Brolin would be great great as a rough batman, he's my top choice. Glad Manganiello is in the contenders too, he has the build and can act too. No way Gosling can be Batman, not a second as I say this as a fan of the man.
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1:12PM on 08/04/2013

Whaaaaa

In what Bizzaro Universe is Ryan Gosling considered "rugged"?
In what Bizzaro Universe is Ryan Gosling considered "rugged"?
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3:51PM on 08/04/2013
Have you seen 'crazy stupid love' ? he has the physique and the same size as Christian Bale. and i would be sure if could do the voice. Brolin would be a great choice if cast 10 years ago. If it goes franchise then i see him being Batman 95% of the film to hide his age.
Have you seen 'crazy stupid love' ? he has the physique and the same size as Christian Bale. and i would be sure if could do the voice. Brolin would be a great choice if cast 10 years ago. If it goes franchise then i see him being Batman 95% of the film to hide his age.
1:09PM on 08/05/2013
Rugged meaning care worn, banged up some, wrinkles - a guy who has lived long enough to acquire this look. Ruggedly handsome. Not many 32 year old's can pull that off.

That said, I'm all for Gosling as Batman personally.
Rugged meaning care worn, banged up some, wrinkles - a guy who has lived long enough to acquire this look. Ruggedly handsome. Not many 32 year old's can pull that off.

That said, I'm all for Gosling as Batman personally.
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12:51PM on 08/04/2013

Karl Urban

I think it's time to start the Karl Urban for Batman campaign. Those mentioned in the article are terrible. Urban has the look for both Bruce and Batman. He has the voice capability to be distinct for both roles.

Ryan Gosling could maybe do the Flash. Personally I think DC screwed up casting Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern. Reynolds would be perfect for the Flash.
I think it's time to start the Karl Urban for Batman campaign. Those mentioned in the article are terrible. Urban has the look for both Bruce and Batman. He has the voice capability to be distinct for both roles.

Ryan Gosling could maybe do the Flash. Personally I think DC screwed up casting Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern. Reynolds would be perfect for the Flash.
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12:46PM on 08/04/2013

Karl Urban

I think it's time to start the Karl Urban for Batman campaign. Those mentioned in the article are terrible. Urban has the look for both Bruce and Batman. He has the voice capability to be distinct for both roles.

Ryan Gosling could maybe do the Flash. Personally I think DC screwed up casting Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern. Reynolds would be perfect for the Flash.
I think it's time to start the Karl Urban for Batman campaign. Those mentioned in the article are terrible. Urban has the look for both Bruce and Batman. He has the voice capability to be distinct for both roles.

Ryan Gosling could maybe do the Flash. Personally I think DC screwed up casting Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern. Reynolds would be perfect for the Flash.
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12:39PM on 08/04/2013
Of the above list I've been a fan of Armitage for some time now and I think he would own the role. But Brolin would be fantastic as well.
Of the above list I've been a fan of Armitage for some time now and I think he would own the role. But Brolin would be fantastic as well.
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12:37PM on 08/04/2013
From an investment standpoint, I agree with Josh Brolin as "total package" material. I'd like to see Max Martini get more work, though I'm not sure if he's Bruce Wayne material (as Batman he wouldn't be much of a stretch). And Richard Armitage I think could do it, if he found the right American accent. He's got the intensity, that's for sure.

If Ryan Gosling is going to go commercial, I don't see him taking this role. Aside from being on the young side, he'd be standing in the shadow of
From an investment standpoint, I agree with Josh Brolin as "total package" material. I'd like to see Max Martini get more work, though I'm not sure if he's Bruce Wayne material (as Batman he wouldn't be much of a stretch). And Richard Armitage I think could do it, if he found the right American accent. He's got the intensity, that's for sure.

If Ryan Gosling is going to go commercial, I don't see him taking this role. Aside from being on the young side, he'd be standing in the shadow of Christian Bale, and I don't think he'd want that burden.
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3:40PM on 08/04/2013
I don't think anyone worries too much about "standing in Bale's shadow." Though the films were beloved--well, mostly the second film-- his Batman was hardly definitive. At times it was downright embarrassing. That voice was so completely forced and stupid.
I don't think anyone worries too much about "standing in Bale's shadow." Though the films were beloved--well, mostly the second film-- his Batman was hardly definitive. At times it was downright embarrassing. That voice was so completely forced and stupid.
5:41PM on 08/04/2013
Ryan Gosling is a hard enough actor to entice toward franchise properties. I think courting him for Batman, right on the heels of Nolan's trilogy, is just wishful thinking. Say what you will about Christian Bale's Batman, it was recent, and it was hugely successful. And I just think Gosling would rather take on a different character that isn't so ingrained on our recent movie-going psyche.
Ryan Gosling is a hard enough actor to entice toward franchise properties. I think courting him for Batman, right on the heels of Nolan's trilogy, is just wishful thinking. Say what you will about Christian Bale's Batman, it was recent, and it was hugely successful. And I just think Gosling would rather take on a different character that isn't so ingrained on our recent movie-going psyche.
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12:20PM on 08/04/2013

karl urban

can pull off bruce wayne and batman
can pull off bruce wayne and batman
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12:42PM on 08/04/2013
That's a very good choice too!
That's a very good choice too!
12:13PM on 08/04/2013

repost

sorry...
sorry...
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12:08PM on 08/04/2013

Some tv-actors

I say Karl Urban.

But here are some tv-actors to possibly consider. James Purefoy (Rome etc.), Clive Standen (Vikings etc.) or Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire etc).

Jim Cavizel, but he would make for a better Doctor Strange.
I say Karl Urban.

But here are some tv-actors to possibly consider. James Purefoy (Rome etc.), Clive Standen (Vikings etc.) or Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire etc).

Jim Cavizel, but he would make for a better Doctor Strange.
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12:06PM on 08/04/2013

Sharlto Copley.

I think Copley has the intensity to play this role, would just need to bulk a little.

Another pick that nobody has said yet is Timothy Olyphant. He would be on the older side like Brolin but could pull it off.
I think Copley has the intensity to play this role, would just need to bulk a little.

Another pick that nobody has said yet is Timothy Olyphant. He would be on the older side like Brolin but could pull it off.
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12:01PM on 08/04/2013

hmmm...

Ryan gosling sounds good to me.. the guys a solid actor. but I have a hard time picturing him as batman. I still feel like eric bana would make a good batman. Just get past hulk.
Ryan gosling sounds good to me.. the guys a solid actor. but I have a hard time picturing him as batman. I still feel like eric bana would make a good batman. Just get past hulk.
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11:54AM on 08/04/2013

Meh ...

None of these choices do it for me. If the story is as they say following The Dark Knight Returns with some changes and liberties taken the obvious choice is to back up a huge ass truck of money to Christian Bale's house with a combination of a phone call from the executive producer Mr. Nolan and get this shit done. Bale could become to Batman was RDJr is to Iron Man. This shouldn't be that hard. Just pay the man and give him a hell of a script and he'll do it.
None of these choices do it for me. If the story is as they say following The Dark Knight Returns with some changes and liberties taken the obvious choice is to back up a huge ass truck of money to Christian Bale's house with a combination of a phone call from the executive producer Mr. Nolan and get this shit done. Bale could become to Batman was RDJr is to Iron Man. This shouldn't be that hard. Just pay the man and give him a hell of a script and he'll do it.
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11:43AM on 08/04/2013
"established and rugged"........Ryan Gosling?? ...You mean established and metro?
If they really want "established and rugged then bring Keaton back!!!
"established and rugged"........Ryan Gosling?? ...You mean established and metro?
If they really want "established and rugged then bring Keaton back!!!
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11:33AM on 08/04/2013

All bad choices

Brolin is annoying, gosling would look ridiculous in a batman suit, mangionella to pretty, etcetera...

Urban seems the obvious choice, his voice from dredd is the perfect batman voice and he looks the part.
But i would also like a more surprising choice like Matthew fox, caviezel or daniel day lewis.
Brolin is annoying, gosling would look ridiculous in a batman suit, mangionella to pretty, etcetera...

Urban seems the obvious choice, his voice from dredd is the perfect batman voice and he looks the part.
But i would also like a more surprising choice like Matthew fox, caviezel or daniel day lewis.
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11:20AM on 08/04/2013

Thomas Jane

Has the look and the intensity to pull it off.
Has the look and the intensity to pull it off.
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10:41AM on 08/04/2013

Just Fuckin bring back Bale!

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12:39PM on 08/04/2013
You want them to hold him at gunpoint? I'm pretty sure WB would love to have him back, but he said he wasn't going to do it.
You want them to hold him at gunpoint? I'm pretty sure WB would love to have him back, but he said he wasn't going to do it.
2:06PM on 08/04/2013
Money talks...everyman has a price..the right price can make anyone change their minds
Money talks...everyman has a price..the right price can make anyone change their minds
3:44PM on 08/04/2013
Jesus Christ. Do any of you fucking people read? He isn't doing it. Bale is one of those actors that is more interested in the work than the money. He just is. Deal with it.

Also, and again, Bale's Batman just wasn't that great. At times it was pretty fucking silly. His fight scenes, as Batman, were nothing special, and the "bat-voice" was utterly absurd.
Jesus Christ. Do any of you fucking people read? He isn't doing it. Bale is one of those actors that is more interested in the work than the money. He just is. Deal with it.

Also, and again, Bale's Batman just wasn't that great. At times it was pretty fucking silly. His fight scenes, as Batman, were nothing special, and the "bat-voice" was utterly absurd.
4:29PM on 08/04/2013
@DoB dude relax! grab a drink or something
Bale's Batman was good enough
and as for the voice would you want him or any actor to sound like Bruce when he's in the Batman disguise
and on BALE coming back we just wishing...at the end of the day the Producers will do what they see fit...they wont listen to you or me or anyone else.
Don't take stuff too seriously!
@DoB dude relax! grab a drink or something
Bale's Batman was good enough
and as for the voice would you want him or any actor to sound like Bruce when he's in the Batman disguise
and on BALE coming back we just wishing...at the end of the day the Producers will do what they see fit...they wont listen to you or me or anyone else.
Don't take stuff too seriously!
10:33AM on 08/04/2013

Josh Brolin

The others are just eye candy for the ladiues. They can't act and are too off to play Batman. At least Brolin is an adult and isn't going to be a flop. He could pull off being Bruce and Batman. The others are just Robin material.
The others are just eye candy for the ladiues. They can't act and are too off to play Batman. At least Brolin is an adult and isn't going to be a flop. He could pull off being Bruce and Batman. The others are just Robin material.
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10:32AM on 08/04/2013

Josh Brolin

The others are just eye candy for the ladiues. They can't act and are too off to play Batman. At least Brolin is an adult and isn't going to be a flop. He could pull off being Bruce and Batman. The others are just Robin material.
The others are just eye candy for the ladiues. They can't act and are too off to play Batman. At least Brolin is an adult and isn't going to be a flop. He could pull off being Bruce and Batman. The others are just Robin material.
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10:33AM on 08/04/2013
I guess Richard could pull it off too.
I guess Richard could pull it off too.
9:56AM on 08/04/2013

Joe Manganiello or Karl Urban....

Joe M. would certainly be a good choice, Physically, he's already there, plays a conflicted badass on True Blood, would match up well physically in scenes with Cavill. But , as was pointed out to me the other day, Karl Urban is the obvious choice, hiding in plain sight. Certainly has the height, the acting chops, the profile would be perfect (see Judge Dredd) and really would be able to bring the duality to the role that Kevin Conroy voiced in all of the animated Batmans. Nothing against
Joe M. would certainly be a good choice, Physically, he's already there, plays a conflicted badass on True Blood, would match up well physically in scenes with Cavill. But , as was pointed out to me the other day, Karl Urban is the obvious choice, hiding in plain sight. Certainly has the height, the acting chops, the profile would be perfect (see Judge Dredd) and really would be able to bring the duality to the role that Kevin Conroy voiced in all of the animated Batmans. Nothing against Josh Brolin, is a fine actor. But Please; NO RYAN GOSLING.
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11:54AM on 08/04/2013
Manganiello would tower over Cavill though.
Manganiello would tower over Cavill though.
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9:49AM on 08/04/2013
Am I the only guy who is yet to see a Gosling movie???? The most I've seen of him is that dance number he did with his sister in some YouTube video. I don't know...when you say "He will be established and rugged" and then show the photo of Gosling that you've decided to show...in addition to my only recollection of him (the dance number)...I can't but help say, no... not him. I've got a lot of concerns about this all moving forward, not least, my disappointment with Man of Steel (which I
Am I the only guy who is yet to see a Gosling movie???? The most I've seen of him is that dance number he did with his sister in some YouTube video. I don't know...when you say "He will be established and rugged" and then show the photo of Gosling that you've decided to show...in addition to my only recollection of him (the dance number)...I can't but help say, no... not him. I've got a lot of concerns about this all moving forward, not least, my disappointment with Man of Steel (which I still can't get my head around)... but if an older Batman (and wiser than Superman) is what they want - then Brolin is my choice too. I still hope they take this movie from the point of view of a 40 something Wayne and Luthor who have their justified reservations about Superman...being so Super after what happened in the first movie.
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9:00AM on 08/04/2013

Not really feeling this group...

With the exception of Richard Armitage however. I'd still rather have Matthew Fox or Scott Adkins as the new Batman.
With the exception of Richard Armitage however. I'd still rather have Matthew Fox or Scott Adkins as the new Batman.
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8:50AM on 08/04/2013
Jim Cavizel, Gabriel Match , Richard Armitage or Lee Pace( I'd love to seem him as James Bond in the future as well).
Jim Cavizel, Gabriel Match , Richard Armitage or Lee Pace( I'd love to seem him as James Bond in the future as well).
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8:24AM on 08/04/2013

On a sidenote...

..how awesome would it be if Bale was reading all this and suddenly went "Okay, f*ck this shit. Get Warner on the phone." I'd love it because - holy sh*t - Christian Bale is Batman again. And I'd hate it because - holy sh*t - MoS officially exists in Nolan's universe, which makes no sense and completely damages the original trilogy. It'll be an epic rollercoaster of emotions.
..how awesome would it be if Bale was reading all this and suddenly went "Okay, f*ck this shit. Get Warner on the phone." I'd love it because - holy sh*t - Christian Bale is Batman again. And I'd hate it because - holy sh*t - MoS officially exists in Nolan's universe, which makes no sense and completely damages the original trilogy. It'll be an epic rollercoaster of emotions.
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8:02AM on 08/04/2013
Joe Manganiello? Matthew Goode? Are you f*cking kidding me?! Richard Armitage is the only real person I'd like to see play Batman on this list. And hey, I like Josh Brolin a lot, but how anyone sees him as Batman is beyond me. If he is cast I'd love to be proven wrong, but right now this list is sucking balls and the fact that they're basing this off The Dark Knight Returns is even worse. I was hoping for a mid-30's Batman to have a cool competitive dynamic with Superman, not a grumpy sociopath
Joe Manganiello? Matthew Goode? Are you f*cking kidding me?! Richard Armitage is the only real person I'd like to see play Batman on this list. And hey, I like Josh Brolin a lot, but how anyone sees him as Batman is beyond me. If he is cast I'd love to be proven wrong, but right now this list is sucking balls and the fact that they're basing this off The Dark Knight Returns is even worse. I was hoping for a mid-30's Batman to have a cool competitive dynamic with Superman, not a grumpy sociopath from Miller's books.

World's Finest is what they should be looking at. Two superheroes in their prime. Both young, both mature. One works in the shadows, the other in broad daylight. Polar opposites with similar ideals yet very different methods of achieving their goals. That's a movie I'd love to see.
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7:59AM on 08/04/2013
Of those pictured? Armitage. He played "action man with a secret past" rather well in series 9 of 'Spooks'.
Of those pictured? Armitage. He played "action man with a secret past" rather well in series 9 of 'Spooks'.
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7:22AM on 08/04/2013

Not a good list.

Out of all of them Gosling or Goode, Gosling would be a very odd choice... may work... may fail. Goode may not work. Fuck Brolin. Hate that guy. I agree with Tom Jane.
Out of all of them Gosling or Goode, Gosling would be a very odd choice... may work... may fail. Goode may not work. Fuck Brolin. Hate that guy. I agree with Tom Jane.
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7:11AM on 08/04/2013

I think...

...sometimes people only think about who would make a good 'Batman' forgetting about who would make a good 'Bruce Wayne'. The character was Bruce before he became Bats- get someone who fits as Mr Wayne and THEN put the cowl on him.

Say what you want about 'Batman & Robin'' (okay, I'll say it for you - it was shite) but in my - probably highly unpopular opinion - George Clooney was actually a decent choice. Given a decent script, direction and, well everything else really, I think he's the
...sometimes people only think about who would make a good 'Batman' forgetting about who would make a good 'Bruce Wayne'. The character was Bruce before he became Bats- get someone who fits as Mr Wayne and THEN put the cowl on him.

Say what you want about 'Batman & Robin'' (okay, I'll say it for you - it was shite) but in my - probably highly unpopular opinion - George Clooney was actually a decent choice. Given a decent script, direction and, well everything else really, I think he's the best Bruce they've cast. Honestly, it's easy to slate him in the role because of the film, but had he been in a film like The Dark Knight I reckon it'd be a different story. Christian Bale is my least favourite batman/Bruce - he was just lucky enough to get the best films.

When casting the next actor:
Women need to fall for him as Bruce Wayne and men need to fear him as Batman.

Which actor fits both of those roles?
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8:10AM on 08/04/2013
George Clooney indeed looked like the perfect Bruce..I bet if you cast him now he'd be awesome
George Clooney indeed looked like the perfect Bruce..I bet if you cast him now he'd be awesome
2:20PM on 08/04/2013
I'd say Manganiello....he's a trained actor and women seem to think he is decent looking and stuff.
I'd say Manganiello....he's a trained actor and women seem to think he is decent looking and stuff.
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6:50AM on 08/04/2013

Daniel Day Lewis as Batman...I know he can transform into Bruce

... I m serious
... I m serious
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1:15AM on 08/05/2013
Can you imagine the crazy shit he would do to get into character?
Can you imagine the crazy shit he would do to get into character?
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6:46AM on 08/04/2013

Karl Urban

Why not Karl Urban? Did anyone see Dredd? He has the voice, the chin, and the flat out badassery required for the role. Also, I feel he has the range to play a decent playboy Bruce Wayne.

As far as all the contenders listed go...not impressed by any. Also, I was one of the people that didn't like Man of Steel and don't understand why they're pushing for a Batman/Superman movie already when they truly haven't established Superman as real character.
Why not Karl Urban? Did anyone see Dredd? He has the voice, the chin, and the flat out badassery required for the role. Also, I feel he has the range to play a decent playboy Bruce Wayne.

As far as all the contenders listed go...not impressed by any. Also, I was one of the people that didn't like Man of Steel and don't understand why they're pushing for a Batman/Superman movie already when they truly haven't established Superman as real character.
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6:36AM on 08/04/2013
From that list above, I'd go with Brolin. However, I would still prefer Eric Bana!
From that list above, I'd go with Brolin. However, I would still prefer Eric Bana!
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6:32AM on 08/04/2013

Hey why not JOEL EDGERTON if you really want an american as Bats?!!!

...ooh he's an australian lol...but still a good choice
...ooh he's an australian lol...but still a good choice
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6:29AM on 08/04/2013

No Josh Brolin please..he's a good actor but definetley not Bruce wayne...

..I dont feel much for the other candidates either...aalthough most of em are good actors..but not for this...Ryan Gosling will be good as The Flash, Aquaman or Arrow
..I dont feel much for the other candidates either...aalthough most of em are good actors..but not for this...Ryan Gosling will be good as The Flash, Aquaman or Arrow
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6:27AM on 08/04/2013

No Josh Brolin please..he's a good actor but definetley not Bruce wayne...

..I dont feel much for the other candidates either...aalthough most of em are good actors..but not for this...Ryan Gosling will be good as The Flash, Aquaman or Arrow
..I dont feel much for the other candidates either...aalthough most of em are good actors..but not for this...Ryan Gosling will be good as The Flash, Aquaman or Arrow
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6:27AM on 08/04/2013

No Josh Brolin please..he's a good actor but definetley not Bruce wayne...

..I dont feel much for the other candidates either...aalthough most of em are good actors..but not for this...Ryan Gosling will be good as The Flash, Aquaman or Arrow
..I dont feel much for the other candidates either...aalthough most of em are good actors..but not for this...Ryan Gosling will be good as The Flash, Aquaman or Arrow
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6:27AM on 08/04/2013

No Josh Brolin please..he's a good actor but definetley not Bruce wayne...

..I dont feel much for the other candidates either...aalthough most of em are good actors..but not for this...Ryan Gosling will be good as The Flash, Aquaman or Arrow
..I dont feel much for the other candidates either...aalthough most of em are good actors..but not for this...Ryan Gosling will be good as The Flash, Aquaman or Arrow
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6:17AM on 08/04/2013
Hmmmm I'll pick Richard Armitage. It seems that Brits have better luck in this superhero business lately.

Matthew Goode? Seriously no.
Hmmmm I'll pick Richard Armitage. It seems that Brits have better luck in this superhero business lately.

Matthew Goode? Seriously no.
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3:14AM on 08/04/2013
Whatever, whoever, I'm just glad we're not gonna have to sit through the fucking origin story again. If I had to watch little Wayne's mother's fucking pearl necklace fall apart in slow-motion one more time...
Everyone knows Batman. Everyone. I'm looking forward to the movie starting and Bats being in the middle of chasing down some mid-level thugs or an obscure villain.
And though I love Gosling as an actor; everyone who's seen The Place Beyond the Pines knows what happens to his voice when
Whatever, whoever, I'm just glad we're not gonna have to sit through the fucking origin story again. If I had to watch little Wayne's mother's fucking pearl necklace fall apart in slow-motion one more time...
Everyone knows Batman. Everyone. I'm looking forward to the movie starting and Bats being in the middle of chasing down some mid-level thugs or an obscure villain.
And though I love Gosling as an actor; everyone who's seen The Place Beyond the Pines knows what happens to his voice when he yells. Batman and Robin would no longer be the campiest Batman movie.
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2:42AM on 08/04/2013

hmmm...

Ryan gosling sounds good to me.. the guys a solid actor. but I have a hard time picturing him as batman. I still feel like eric bana would make a good batman. Just get past hulk.
Ryan gosling sounds good to me.. the guys a solid actor. but I have a hard time picturing him as batman. I still feel like eric bana would make a good batman. Just get past hulk.
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1:56AM on 08/04/2013
Since the character's name is Batman and not Fatman, Brolin shouldn't even be considered.
Since the character's name is Batman and not Fatman, Brolin shouldn't even be considered.
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1:53AM on 08/04/2013
easy... Henry Cavill
easy... Henry Cavill
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1:49AM on 08/04/2013
Whoever they choose, please stay far away from the over-the-top Bale voice. And give him a good, intimidating Bat suit.

Seriously, the design of the suit is key. I don't give a shit if he couldn't move his neck, they still have not topped the suit from Batman '89 or Batman Returns.

I like Jensen Ackles or Anson Mount for the role. But to be honest, I couldn't care less about this movie, especially since Goyer is writing it. I'd much rather see a new solo Batman movie in the vein of the
Whoever they choose, please stay far away from the over-the-top Bale voice. And give him a good, intimidating Bat suit.

Seriously, the design of the suit is key. I don't give a shit if he couldn't move his neck, they still have not topped the suit from Batman '89 or Batman Returns.

I like Jensen Ackles or Anson Mount for the role. But to be honest, I couldn't care less about this movie, especially since Goyer is writing it. I'd much rather see a new solo Batman movie in the vein of the Arkham games.
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5:32PM on 08/19/2013
I think Ackles would make a good Batman, but not a well established one. I could see him as more of a year two version, some experience but still catching the curve in some ways, which would be a good direction to go if you want to portray Bruce and Clark as equals. Anson Mount strikes me as a more grounded established and grizzled Batman. He seems like he could do intimidating and walking that fine line between vigilante and criminal very well.
I think Ackles would make a good Batman, but not a well established one. I could see him as more of a year two version, some experience but still catching the curve in some ways, which would be a good direction to go if you want to portray Bruce and Clark as equals. Anson Mount strikes me as a more grounded established and grizzled Batman. He seems like he could do intimidating and walking that fine line between vigilante and criminal very well.
1:40AM on 08/04/2013
Jonah Hex: I'm thinking you folks are time-travelers.

Bruce Wayne: Where would you get a crazy idea like that?

Jonah Hex: Experience. I've had an interesting life.

Not a horrible crop (but I cannot see Gosling as the character at all), but I'm still backing Jim Caviezel, who's in the same age range as Armitage and Brolin and whom I feel has more intensity.
Jonah Hex: I'm thinking you folks are time-travelers.

Bruce Wayne: Where would you get a crazy idea like that?

Jonah Hex: Experience. I've had an interesting life.

Not a horrible crop (but I cannot see Gosling as the character at all), but I'm still backing Jim Caviezel, who's in the same age range as Armitage and Brolin and whom I feel has more intensity.
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1:36AM on 08/04/2013

Say What!

Brolin could work, Armitage is interesting as is Martini. I still say give Guy Pearce a call. He was up for the role when Nolan started his trilogy and has shown he is established and rugged with range to spare.
Brolin could work, Armitage is interesting as is Martini. I still say give Guy Pearce a call. He was up for the role when Nolan started his trilogy and has shown he is established and rugged with range to spare.
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1:51AM on 08/04/2013
After giving it a bit more thought. Guy Pearce, Brolin, Olyphant, Joel Edgerton, Anson Mount and Armitage. All of these guys are on the older than side of the line but all of them have done action and could pull off the batman portion of the role. What made Bale great was he was a great Bruce Wayne. When considering who can do both well I really like Pearce, and Olyphant as well as Brolin all of which are established.....I think that's key. . I would suggest Caviezel but I think the
After giving it a bit more thought. Guy Pearce, Brolin, Olyphant, Joel Edgerton, Anson Mount and Armitage. All of these guys are on the older than side of the line but all of them have done action and could pull off the batman portion of the role. What made Bale great was he was a great Bruce Wayne. When considering who can do both well I really like Pearce, and Olyphant as well as Brolin all of which are established.....I think that's key. . I would suggest Caviezel but I think the Batman/Jesus jokes would be too much to bare.
1:31AM on 08/04/2013

If I HAD to choose

I would say Josh Brolin, however I truly think Karl Urban would be perfect and it sucks he wasn't even in the top considerations. Josh Brolin is a phenomenal actor, who I think can do a more than serviceable job with the part, but he just doesn't scream the role of batman to me.
I would say Josh Brolin, however I truly think Karl Urban would be perfect and it sucks he wasn't even in the top considerations. Josh Brolin is a phenomenal actor, who I think can do a more than serviceable job with the part, but he just doesn't scream the role of batman to me.
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1:11AM on 08/04/2013

Max Martini?

Sounds like a porn star. (And yes, I've seen the Unit. Still think it's a bad idea).
Sounds like a porn star. (And yes, I've seen the Unit. Still think it's a bad idea).
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12:56AM on 08/04/2013

Sullivan Stapleton or Joe Manganiello

Love Brolin and the gang mentioned here for the most part but after spending waaaaaay too much of my time/mental power thinking this over my money would be on Sullivan Stapleton. He's 36, so older than Cavill but not unreasonably old thus bringing franchise potential, a solid actor, has the physicality and the look not to mention he just starred in Gangster Squad and has 300 coming out soon both of which are Warner Bros. films and one that was produced by Snyder. Just throwing it out there.
Love Brolin and the gang mentioned here for the most part but after spending waaaaaay too much of my time/mental power thinking this over my money would be on Sullivan Stapleton. He's 36, so older than Cavill but not unreasonably old thus bringing franchise potential, a solid actor, has the physicality and the look not to mention he just starred in Gangster Squad and has 300 coming out soon both of which are Warner Bros. films and one that was produced by Snyder. Just throwing it out there. Personally though I'd love for Bale to continue on. They could use Superman's presence as the catalyst for Bruce to take the cowl back and tie it into the Nolan-verse without having to be completely married to it. But out of that group up there I'd be most for Manganiello.
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12:13AM on 08/04/2013

Who can be next??

I like the idea of Brolin, he's definitely got the voice (without Bale's "enhancer") and the look for Wayne/Batman that they are looking for. I swear Gosling's name is coming up in almost every role out there, and it's starting to get old. Let him pick a franchise or twenty and stick to them, eh??? Some other possible contenders that weren't listed that I thought might fit the role were either Timothy Olyphant or Eric Bana. After seeing Olyphant in Hitman, I can see him wearing the cowl,
I like the idea of Brolin, he's definitely got the voice (without Bale's "enhancer") and the look for Wayne/Batman that they are looking for. I swear Gosling's name is coming up in almost every role out there, and it's starting to get old. Let him pick a franchise or twenty and stick to them, eh??? Some other possible contenders that weren't listed that I thought might fit the role were either Timothy Olyphant or Eric Bana. After seeing Olyphant in Hitman, I can see him wearing the cowl, and Bana is a pretty diverse actor. I don't know, there's so many possibilities........
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11:59PM on 08/03/2013
Not down for Josh Brolin. Great actor, love his stuff, but he's not Bruce Wayne. On this list, I like Joe Manganiello. I like that he's an unknown, and he is a well trained actor if you look at his resume. I saw in the comments someone mentioned Anson Mount....and the more I think of it, he'd be an interesting choice as well. He is great on Hell On Wheels, which is a pretty good show.
Not down for Josh Brolin. Great actor, love his stuff, but he's not Bruce Wayne. On this list, I like Joe Manganiello. I like that he's an unknown, and he is a well trained actor if you look at his resume. I saw in the comments someone mentioned Anson Mount....and the more I think of it, he'd be an interesting choice as well. He is great on Hell On Wheels, which is a pretty good show.
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11:56PM on 08/03/2013

Tough choice

My money (just from this list) is either Joe Manganiello or Josh Brolin. The ONLY problem with Brolin is that he's the oldest of the bunch and they'd need a guy for a 3 picture deal....Man of Steel 2, Justice League and a stand alone film (unless they recast again and reboot Batman altogether after Justice League). But for a Worlds Finest movie / Dark Knight Returns type film, that it seems they're kinda going for, Brolin is a perfect fit for an older batman. But my personal favorite is Joe
My money (just from this list) is either Joe Manganiello or Josh Brolin. The ONLY problem with Brolin is that he's the oldest of the bunch and they'd need a guy for a 3 picture deal....Man of Steel 2, Justice League and a stand alone film (unless they recast again and reboot Batman altogether after Justice League). But for a Worlds Finest movie / Dark Knight Returns type film, that it seems they're kinda going for, Brolin is a perfect fit for an older batman. But my personal favorite is Joe Manganiello because he's a bit younger and has a better 'batman' physical built to him. The guy is a beast and that's what WB and Snyder should be looking for. Screw these Ryan Goslings talks. But you'll at least 3 other names added to the list the end of next week probably.
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11:51PM on 08/03/2013
First they want a 23 year old, now that fans complained, they want a 50 year old. Wb should just do something that works (40) year old would be ideal and stop flip flopping everytime fans complain. Fans complain no matter what.
First they want a 23 year old, now that fans complained, they want a 50 year old. Wb should just do something that works (40) year old would be ideal and stop flip flopping everytime fans complain. Fans complain no matter what.
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11:37PM on 08/03/2013

USA

I say Brolin. I've noticed a lot of Brits playing more and more " American" roles. Do we not have good enough actors to play these roles? If I had to settle, I'd choose Gosling. He's a superb actor, and at least he's North American.
I say Brolin. I've noticed a lot of Brits playing more and more " American" roles. Do we not have good enough actors to play these roles? If I had to settle, I'd choose Gosling. He's a superb actor, and at least he's North American.
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11:28PM on 08/03/2013

Brolin or Gosling all the way!

Out of that list, I would want to see either Josh Brolin or Ryan Gosling. And in that order too. Perhaps Matthew Goode as the dark horse.

I do think both would be terrific choices and would bring their own depth and style to the iconic character. And the more I think about Gosling being Batman, the more I can see it.

I do hope that one of the actors from this list is chosen and it doesn't turn into a whole Captain America/Star Lord sweepstakes again. The faster they cast the appropriate
Out of that list, I would want to see either Josh Brolin or Ryan Gosling. And in that order too. Perhaps Matthew Goode as the dark horse.

I do think both would be terrific choices and would bring their own depth and style to the iconic character. And the more I think about Gosling being Batman, the more I can see it.

I do hope that one of the actors from this list is chosen and it doesn't turn into a whole Captain America/Star Lord sweepstakes again. The faster they cast the appropriate actor for Batman, the better.
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11:21PM on 08/03/2013

HAHAHAHA

Josh Brolin and "physical presence" do not go together. He is a wee-man
Josh Brolin and "physical presence" do not go together. He is a wee-man
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11:29PM on 08/03/2013
You kidding? The dude is not "wee" and brings a really good physical presence with all of his roles.
You kidding? The dude is not "wee" and brings a really good physical presence with all of his roles.
11:55PM on 08/03/2013
The guy's 5'10". That's not bad, and he has a strong physical presence.
The guy's 5'10". That's not bad, and he has a strong physical presence.
11:19PM on 08/03/2013
Wouldn't it be funny if all this "we want an older, established Batman" stuff was just a ruse and they shocked us all by bringing Bale back?
Wouldn't it be funny if all this "we want an older, established Batman" stuff was just a ruse and they shocked us all by bringing Bale back?
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11:02PM on 08/03/2013
I always liked the idea of Gosling as Batman but I don't see him taking on a superhero role. My pick out of the bunch would be Armitage. He looks tough and looks intelligent at the same time and really looks like the right guy to take the reigns from Bale.
I always liked the idea of Gosling as Batman but I don't see him taking on a superhero role. My pick out of the bunch would be Armitage. He looks tough and looks intelligent at the same time and really looks like the right guy to take the reigns from Bale.
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10:54PM on 08/03/2013

I like that they are making him older....

I think Batman needs to be older. Seen more horrid stuff so he can counter Superman's optimism with realism, but not too far as others have said. I do remember seeing that they wanted someone of similar exposure to what Cavill had before he took over the role of Superman. None of those guys fit save Manganiello, but I have honestly never seen him in anything so I can't rush to judgement. I still say Anson Mount would be a good fit. Good charisma, can play dark and brooding, 40 years old, and
I think Batman needs to be older. Seen more horrid stuff so he can counter Superman's optimism with realism, but not too far as others have said. I do remember seeing that they wanted someone of similar exposure to what Cavill had before he took over the role of Superman. None of those guys fit save Manganiello, but I have honestly never seen him in anything so I can't rush to judgement. I still say Anson Mount would be a good fit. Good charisma, can play dark and brooding, 40 years old, and has limited exposure. Sounds like everything they want.
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10:48PM on 08/03/2013
I agree with the first post, Batman being late 30's or 40's is STUPID. Batman needs to be in his prime, not mid life crisis. I'm okay with 30 as in MOS, Clark is 33 (go 1979 crowd) so having Bruce be similar in age and doing the shit his does is better suited for his younger body, especially if they plan to franchise this. Lets give Batman more than a couple years unlike Nolan's version. We don't need an origin for him, but we don't need him THAT established either.
I agree with the first post, Batman being late 30's or 40's is STUPID. Batman needs to be in his prime, not mid life crisis. I'm okay with 30 as in MOS, Clark is 33 (go 1979 crowd) so having Bruce be similar in age and doing the shit his does is better suited for his younger body, especially if they plan to franchise this. Lets give Batman more than a couple years unlike Nolan's version. We don't need an origin for him, but we don't need him THAT established either.
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4:59AM on 08/04/2013
You haven't read that many Batman Comics, have you?
You haven't read that many Batman Comics, have you?
10:37PM on 08/03/2013
I'd rather see Gosling in Star Wars. Somewhere where he can have awesome hair, sling a blaster and charm the metal bikinis off of girls with witty Kasdan-style banter.

Of this group I like Armitage who seems destined for a superhero role somewhere. Though worth noting nearly all the top contenders are older than Bale is now, and he already played the graying, broke-ass, out of retirement Batman in TDKR. I don't want to see Bale come back at all, but I seriously don't see them going too
I'd rather see Gosling in Star Wars. Somewhere where he can have awesome hair, sling a blaster and charm the metal bikinis off of girls with witty Kasdan-style banter.

Of this group I like Armitage who seems destined for a superhero role somewhere. Though worth noting nearly all the top contenders are older than Bale is now, and he already played the graying, broke-ass, out of retirement Batman in TDKR. I don't want to see Bale come back at all, but I seriously don't see them going too much older than Cavill. Not going to see actors who'll be over 50 when Justice League or a Batman solo flick starts shooting.

And yes, Max Martini is a character actor, not a leading man. He plays tough guy military roles and not much else. Non-starter.
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10:28PM on 08/03/2013

-Fart Noise-

Not digging any of those choices. Heard that Jim Caveziel might be a contender as well.
Not digging any of those choices. Heard that Jim Caveziel might be a contender as well.
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10:28PM on 08/03/2013
Brolin may work. I still think Thomas Jane would do well. Fuck the Gosling idea. Nothing against the guy, just not the Batman.
Brolin may work. I still think Thomas Jane would do well. Fuck the Gosling idea. Nothing against the guy, just not the Batman.
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10:23PM on 08/03/2013
From that list then Josh Brolin hands down...

But I'm still holding out hope for Karl Urban!
From that list then Josh Brolin hands down...

But I'm still holding out hope for Karl Urban!
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10:18PM on 08/03/2013

Brolin

I hadn't even thought of Brolin until this article. He would actually be a great choice. Batman should have a wide jaw to fill out the mask and a deep gravelly voice to intimidate his foes, Brolin is perfect for that. And he will certainly have his hand-to-hand combat chops tested in the upcoming Old Boy adaptation. My only hesitation would be his age. He'd be 47 during shooting which could put him into his early fifties by the time a JL movie shoots and possibly pushing 60 by the time we get a
I hadn't even thought of Brolin until this article. He would actually be a great choice. Batman should have a wide jaw to fill out the mask and a deep gravelly voice to intimidate his foes, Brolin is perfect for that. And he will certainly have his hand-to-hand combat chops tested in the upcoming Old Boy adaptation. My only hesitation would be his age. He'd be 47 during shooting which could put him into his early fifties by the time a JL movie shoots and possibly pushing 60 by the time we get a JL2 (which barring and epic failure on JL1 there will be a JL2). If he can maintain the physicality to play the role through at least one JL movie then maybe the age thing would actually work in favor of a retirement and passing of the torch story down the road which would be good too. If he's willing and the studio and filmmakers want him I'd be game to see Josh Brolin as Batman.
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9:59PM on 08/03/2013
I'd be down with Matthew Goode. His Ozymandius was excellent. Not feeling Gosling at all, the man simply doesn't come off as bad ass. I still think Gerard Butler would own this role however. I'm surprised they are going with an older Batman being Supes comes off as pretty young late 20's? Early 30's. Happy they aren't going to retread his origin again. This movie is going to OWN!
I'd be down with Matthew Goode. His Ozymandius was excellent. Not feeling Gosling at all, the man simply doesn't come off as bad ass. I still think Gerard Butler would own this role however. I'm surprised they are going with an older Batman being Supes comes off as pretty young late 20's? Early 30's. Happy they aren't going to retread his origin again. This movie is going to OWN!
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9:56PM on 08/03/2013
Joe Manganiello is an interesting choice, but I am not sure any of these guys would work ultimately. I still say Jensen Ackles or Karl Urban would be more appropriate with their attitudes and ability.

Max Martini is a seriously bad choice though. He is an character actor, not a leading man
Joe Manganiello is an interesting choice, but I am not sure any of these guys would work ultimately. I still say Jensen Ackles or Karl Urban would be more appropriate with their attitudes and ability.

Max Martini is a seriously bad choice though. He is an character actor, not a leading man
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9:51PM on 08/03/2013
Heard someone mention Gerard Butler. If they're going older, I think he'd work great assuming he can tone down the accent like Bale did.
Heard someone mention Gerard Butler. If they're going older, I think he'd work great assuming he can tone down the accent like Bale did.
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9:42PM on 08/03/2013
No Benedict Cumberbatch? He had such great presence in Star Trek 2- but, you know, maybe it's best to look at someone who wasn't already in a major "genre" (popcorn) flick. Just not Gosling or Goode, neither of them have that sense of 'menace' that Connery had for Bond which is needed for Batman.
No Benedict Cumberbatch? He had such great presence in Star Trek 2- but, you know, maybe it's best to look at someone who wasn't already in a major "genre" (popcorn) flick. Just not Gosling or Goode, neither of them have that sense of 'menace' that Connery had for Bond which is needed for Batman.
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6:10PM on 08/04/2013
He's a great actor, but have you looked at his face. Bruce Wayne is supposed to be a playboy.
He's a great actor, but have you looked at his face. Bruce Wayne is supposed to be a playboy.
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9:37PM on 08/03/2013

Ugh

I'm not feeling a Batman who is almost 50. 30 years old should be the age in my opinion.
I'm not feeling a Batman who is almost 50. 30 years old should be the age in my opinion.
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