Christian Bale says he's made his last appearance as the Dark Knight - unless Christopher Nolan comes up with a new Batman movie - so now Warner Bros is on the hunt for a new actor to take on the iconic role. According to multiple sources including The Hollywood Reporter, among those who are said to be on the short list of potential Batman contenders are Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Joe Manganiello (yes, Alcide from True Blood), Richard Armitage ('Thorin' in The Hobbit films), and Matthew Goode. Goode previously worked on director Zack Snyder's Watchmen and since Snyder's returning for the Superman sequel that will feature Batman, he may have an inside track. However, it's far, far too early to really take any of these potential Batman lists seriously as the script hasn't even been written yet.
Snyder and Warner Bros will apparently be searching to cast a Batman in his late 30s or early 40s. Gosling's a bit young at 32 and Goode still has a boyish face at 35, but Brolin (45), Manganiello (36), and Armitage (41) could easily play late 30s/40ish. Still, my vote goes to Christian Bale. A Batman and Superman movie with Bale and Henry Cavill could deliver everything any fanboy/fangirl would want. Any decision other than somehow dragging Bale back into the Batman world would seem like settling for second best, especially if this new film is attempting a tone similar to The Dark Knight.
Warner Bros is targeting a summer 2015 release of the Man of Steel sequel with Batman.
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