After the recent announcement that DC's finest will finally clash in the highly-anticipated 'Man of Steel' sequel, there's been plenty of talk about who will take up the cowl as the next Dark Knight.
But while we're heard loads of great suggestions for the next Batman, it seems that Warner Bros. might have already been thinking about it… and some of their ideas aren't quite as good as you'd think.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, insiders at Warner Bros. have already been throwing around names for the new Batman… and some of them don't quite add up.
"According to sources," they explain, "director Zack Snyder is only just beginning to look at actors."
And as we reported previously, it looks as though they're aiming for a slightly older Batman. But who is being considered for the role?
Apparently a frontrunner at this stage (and my personal favourite), Josh Brolin has already shown that he has what it takes to pull off those morally ambiguous characters. His portrayal of Sergeant O'Mara in 'Gangster Squad' shows that he can certainly play a man who's willing to do what it takes for the greater good… and with his upcoming role in 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For', I'm guessing he can handle those grittier roles. But would he be up for that part?
I'll be honest - don't know what on earth they're thinking. If this truly is a name that's being bandied about at Warner Bros. then I think someone really needs to be fired. Not that I'm in any way against Ryan Gosling - he's a perfectly competent actor and has a certain swagger that I can't help but admire. But him? As Bruce Wayne? I highly doubt it.
A slightly more believable option but still not quite there. Joe Manganiello is most well-known for his role as Alcide Herveaux in HBO's hit vampire drama, 'True Blood'. But does he have what it takes to take up the mantle of Batman? Actually, I can sort of see him as Bruce Wayne… but I'm not sure he has the gravitas to pull off such an iconic role. Still, at least he's heading in the right direction.
You may remember Richard Armitage from his rather impressive stint on BBC's 'Spooks' but he's perhaps most well-known for his role as Thorin in Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit'. An accomplished actor, I'm certain he could pull off the role of Bruce Wayne with ease… I'm just not sure I'd want him to. He certainly has the brains and brawn for the role - I'm just not sure he's quite the right fit. At least, not for the gritter, older Batman they seem to be aiming for.
With a name like Max Martini, I'm just not sure I can take this guy seriously. But after his appearance in 'Pacific Rim' I have to admit - I quite like him... despite his really weird attempt at an Australian accent. Strewth. Having said that, he's an utterly bizarre choice for the next Batman and I just can't really see it happening. But if Warner Bros. decide to go with a ginger Dark Knight, I'm sure he'll be first on their list.
Having worked with Zack Snyder on 'Watchmen' it might seem like a good idea to get him involved… but I don't think I can quite shift the image of him as Ozymandias. It's a similar role to Bruce Wayne I suppose - the eccentric billionaire who will stop at nothing to do what he thinks is right… but I can't help feeling he lacks the right build and attitude to make an effective Batman.
Of course, finding out who will actually become the next Batman isn't quite in sight… yet. Although, with the 'Man of Steel' sequel expected in theatres by 2014, they're going to have to get their skates on. Obviously, we'll find out who's to take up the iconic cowl in good time… but will he do better than Christian Bale? We'll have to wait until 2014 find out.
Can you see any of these actors in the role of Batman? Who would you like to see as the ageing Dark Knight? Let us know in the comments below…
Ryan Leston is a comic book movie geek from Cardiff who can't wait to hear more about the rumoured Justice League movie. His favourite DC film is The Dark Knight and he was hugely impressed with Henry Cavill as Superman. Follow Ryan Leston on Twitter or Facebook.
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