Casting the NEXT Batman!
Yes, I’ve gone a little bats – sorry couldn’t resist – ever since the announcement for a Batman vs. Superman showdown was announced at Comic Con this year.
Casting the new Batman (not to mention Joker and Lex Luthor) is a difficult task, not only does the new actor have to compete with the legacy left by Christian Bale, and beat it without leaving a doubt in the audience’s minds, but he also has to compete with fan expectations…and fans (myself among them) are hard critics! And, of course, fans on the Internet and movie insiders alike have been speculating on the new Batman.
So whose it going to be?
As of yet there is no concrete evidence, but for the fact that Zack Snyder has begun casting for potential actors to play the role and he’s looking for someone in his late 30s to early 40s. The new Batman is supposed to be a veteran by the time he meets Superman. (Although, this information may also be premature since the script is still in development.)
Movie insiders have listed the following gentlemen as potential forerunners for the role:
Josh Brolin (Gangster Squad)
Richard Armitage (The Hobbit films)
Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Magic Mike)
Matthew Goode (Watchmen, Stoker)
Max Martini (Pacific Rim)
Ryan Gosling (The Notebook, Gangster Squad)
Other favourites cited by fans online include:
Jensen Ackles (Supernatural TV series – who has expressed his interest in the role at Comic Con)
Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger – who has expressed his disinterest in the role or any superhero role, unfortunately)
Bradley Cooper (Hangover films, Silver Linings Playbook)
Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class)
Among the candidates listed my insiders and fans, I would say that Joe Manganiello and Michael Fassbender are my favourites for this role. (Normally, I would vote for Jensen Ackles for any major role – the more I can see him the better – but he looks a little young if they’re aiming for a late 30s to early 40s aged Batman.)
What about you? Do you have favourite candidate(s) from the list or another to suggest? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
(aka The Batman Caster)
P.S: I’m a little sad that Armie Hammer doesn’t want to play superheroes, I had him pegged for Aquaman. 😦