'Man of Steel 2' Wants Older Batman, Josh Brolin & More Up for Role
With the big news out of the Warner Bros. panel at Comic-Con revealing that the Man of Steel sequel would bring Batman into the mix with director Zack Snyder at the helm again, everyone is wondering who will play the Dark Knight. It has been confirmed that Christian Bale will not reprise his role from Christopher Nolan's trilogy, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt seems out of the question since Man of Steel does not directly tie in to that universe. Now THR has word that the studio and Snyder are looking for someone to play Bruce Wayne in his late 30s or early 40s, and not around the age of new Superman, Henry Cavill.
With no need to tell an origin story for Batman, this film will feature a Caped Crusader who is already an established superhero, and he's quite rugged. As was hinted at the Comic-Con panel, the tone of this film is hoping to be along the lines of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns (after all the comic creator is said to be meeting with Snyder soon), which features Batman taking on Superman head-to-head. So who is up to play this rugged new Batman?
Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling are supposedly in the mix. Both starred in Warner Bros. film Gangster Squad, and the former has a leg up since he also stars in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, another project which comes from Frank Miller. Snyder's Watchmen star Matthew Goode is in the running as well, and the director already knows he looks good in a superhero suit, so that helps. "True Blood" and Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello has a leg up since he was one of Snyder's possible choices for Superman, but his schedule for the aforementioned HBO show didn't give him time to commit.
Other names include The Hobbit trilogy star Richard Armitage who plays the tough dwarf Thorin and also Pacific Rim star Max Martini, who played a veteran Jaeger pilot father in del Toro's blockbuster (which has a likely sequel on the way) and also has a role as a Navy SEAL in Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks. However, it's important to note that a script is not yet completed, and nothing has been officially sent out to any of these actors for an offer or even an audition. My personal picks would be "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm or "Game of Thrones" regular Richard Madden. It's still early days, but with the 2014 production start nearing, we'll likely hear more development news soon. Thoughts?