Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling are reportedly among a small group of names in the race to be the new Batman in the Man of Steel sequel.
Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling are early popular choices, with Brolin reportedly a favourite at Warner Bros, having starred in Gangster Squad, and doesn’t appear to have been professionally affected by the disaster that was 2010’s Jonah Hex movie. Brolin also has a Frank Miller connection – the legendary writer’s seminal The Dark Knight Returns allegedly the inspiration for the Batman/Superman movie – as he is scheduled to star in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which is of course based on Miller’s comics. There is one possible issue with Brolin’s casting, which speculated by Latino Review; they ponder the nasty divorce that Brolin went through with Diane Lane, who will be reprising her role as Martha Kent, and whether the likelihood of potentially-awkward table reads and press junkets could be enough to prevent Brolin signing up for the role of Batman.
THR say that two sources state that Brolin is leading the race at the moment, while a “studio source” dismisses it as casting for the film has yet to begin at Warner.
In the case of Gosling, some have reacted with surprise to the speculation linking him with the part, partly due to his age being lower than the rumored “mid-40s” age group that Warner were reportedly looking at, and also as many simply don’t see Gosling as the right person to play Bruce Wayne and Batman.
In regards to the earlier rumours of Jon Hamm and Jim Caviezel, Latino Review say those two are out of the running due to their commitments clashing with the planned early 2014 filming window for the movie.
An industry insider allegedly told THR that it is just as likely that a “left-of-center choice” could take the role, and that “You might as well put Adam West in this list”.
The as-of-yet untitled Man of Steel sequel is due to be released in 2015.