Less than 24 hours ago, SuperHeroHype launched our own front page poll to find out which actors SHH readers want to see take over the role of Batman for Zack Snyder’s recently announced Superman/Batman movie. Today, Borys Kit at The Hollywood Reporter has a list of six names that have been mentioned behind the scenes.
As is always the case with these theoretical casting stories, the usual caveats apply in that the script hasn’t even been fully written yet and getting an actor to commit to a role like Batman would likely require something for them to read and respond to.
One of the top choices on Kit’s list seems to be 46-year-old Josh Brolin, who famously starred in Warner Bros.’ Western bomb Jonah Hex but who also has cred with the comic book and genre crowd from working with the likes of Robert Rodriguez, including his starring role in next year’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
It’s probably not too surprising that the story also mentions Brolin’s Gangster Squad co-star Ryan Gosling as a candidate, because Gosling tends to get mentioned whenever they’re casting any superhero movie, although being only 32 does veer further away from the idea of having a more experienced Batman under the cowl.
Here are the other four names mentioned in the piece, two of which have been discussed on the SHH Forums and at least one seeming to come from out of left field:
Joe Manganiello – The 36-year-old star of “True Blood” was being considered for the role of Superman at one point, according to Kit.
Richard Armitage – The 41-year-old British actor who got attention playing the dwarf Thorin in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.
Matthew Goode – The 35-year-old who previously played Ozymandias in Snyder’s Watchmen.
Max Martini – The 43-year-old TV star who has appeared on “Revenge” and “Castle” and who recently appeared in Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim.
Regardless of who is cast in the important role, Warner Bros. hopes to start filming in early 2014 in order to make a summer 2015 release date. Who do you think should play Batman in the film? Sound off below!
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