Rumour: Warner keen on Josh Brolin or Ryan Gosling to play new Batman?

Shortlist drawn up for Batman vs. Superman

Warner is already making moves to secure its new Batman, with Heat Vision reporting that the studio has a firm idea of what it wants from its new Dark Knight.

According to the report, the studio is after somebody in their late-30s or early-40s, who is both “established and rugged”, and has compiled a list of suitable actors.

Ryan Gosling is one of the names apparently in Warner’s thinking, alongside Joe Manganiello, Josh Brolin, Richard Armitage, Matthew Goode and Max Martini.

The report also claims that the new film will not retell the origin story, meaning that the new Batman will arrived as a fully formed character, ready to line up alongside Superman.

David S. Goyer has apparently begun work on the script, with Warner planning to begin filming in early 2014, ahead of a 2015 release.

 

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    • Wolfy82

      Aug 5th 2013, 6:29

      Everyone should boycott it if bale doesn't come back! He's already established a origin story just give him what he wants man

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    • chibik

      Aug 5th 2013, 6:34

      They want to achieve Marvel's level of success, but they don't want to spend time establishing their individual characters! Perhaps especially after recent Dark Knight trilogy, the new Batman needs an origin story for the audience to care.

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    • ilikescifi

      Aug 5th 2013, 6:40

      Ryan Gosling is NOT batman, if not for his safe hollywood status atm he would never be considered. Armitage couldn't fill the role, his acting is too quality, too british. Matthew Goode would make a fantastic Bruce Wayne but I dunno about being Batman. As for Max, 'Batman Vs Superman - Martini and Cavill' sounds camper than Austin Powers. thankyou for reading

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    • FBJHewitt

      Aug 5th 2013, 6:45

      Brolin or die

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    • ilikescifi

      Aug 5th 2013, 6:52

      @chibik i totally agree with your point about marvel but please don't tempt the studio to make ANOTHER ORIGIN STORY, i'm beginning to feel like MY parents were shot in an alleyway behind a theatre cos that moment has been drilled into my consciousness so many times (no disrespect to my dear, living parents).

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    • aberis

      Aug 5th 2013, 8:20

      Ryan Gosling is too pretty .... Josh Brolin, or Richard Armitage would both make a great Batman and have done a great job in the past of playing a dark and edgy character. However, as has already been said, why not simply cast Christian Bale; he has already established himself in the role and has been deemed by many as the best Batman to date. Appreciate he can't play the role forever, but he's not too old for it yet ....

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    • zimasanfilippo

      Aug 5th 2013, 8:54

      Daniel Craig.

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    • haby88

      Aug 5th 2013, 9:07

      Wolfy82 and aberis: As much as we all would love to see Bale back in the Batsuit, he has explicitly made clear over and over again that he would not be returning to play Batman again, unless Christopher Nolan calls him back. And Nolan's Batman universe has a complete closure- the idea of the trilogy was to show how the Batman would exist in a grounded and realistic world. He wouldn't merge that world with the DC universe WB's planning to expand. So Bale's batman is out of the question

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    • CaptainCrazy

      Aug 5th 2013, 9:14

      Jack Black - you know you want that.

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    • chibik

      Aug 5th 2013, 9:18

      @ilikescifi: I agree, it's been done to death. But casting a completely new Batman in a joint venture in somebody else's movie without any kind of introduction strikes me as even worse. Perhaps a solo Batman movie that establishes the character but isn't an "origin story" in the traditional sense? Either way, it's a moot point – Warner has already decided to jump straight into the co-op campaign.

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    • allonfilms

      Aug 5th 2013, 9:41

      Who wrote this article - Batman will arrived? Shouldnt it be ARRIVE? Just wish Mr Bale would continue but hey ho!! i´m just a fan LOL

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    • Chufferstud

      Aug 5th 2013, 10:10

      Looking back over the actors who have played Batman, they are either a great Bruce Wayne but dodgy Batman (Bale) or the other way around (Keaton). I think they need to ditch Wayne all together and just have the character of Batman.

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    • SteveMcc

      Aug 5th 2013, 10:30

      Josh Brolin would be fantastic as Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. But then I think that if they get Batman to return, it would be stupid not to get Bale to return. I know it wont happen, but I'd love Jensen Ackles from Supernatural, gritty, tough, likeable d****e and great to watch in the show....just please not Gosling, he is a fantastic actor but I just don't think he has the intimmidating presence

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    • GFoley83

      Aug 5th 2013, 10:54

      Out of everyone on the current list of potentials; those two are on the bottom of my pecking order. Both great actors; huge fan of Gosling. But absolutely terrible choices for Batman. Way too clean cut, pretty-boy 'esce. The next Batman has to be a different type from the previous; grittier; meaner. Karl Urban would be my number one choice. Brolin would be good. Or Fassbender.

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    • TheDigitalZombi

      Aug 5th 2013, 11:11

      Jon Hamm should be the next Batman. It is that simple.

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 5th 2013, 11:20

      Out of that list I like Richard Armitage for Batman. THANK GOD they're not doing another origin! BTW didn't Brolin assault Diane Lane? Wouldn't that make things awkward?

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    • Mattsimus

      Aug 5th 2013, 12:25

      Casper Van Dien..... from Starship Troopers, hes just taken over as Johnny Cage on the Mortal Kombat series, although he's mid forties hes got a great jaw n can do a few voices / tones etc and apart from my suggestion being original as far as im concerned it beats the s**t out of Karl Urban who has only one personality in his action range, which may work as Bats but NEVER!!! as Bruce which we need if the character is gonna be relatable at all, younger pretty boys arent going to work either to be honest it all feels a little rushed and empty......

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    • housee

      Aug 5th 2013, 12:25

      If they are going with dark knight returns they should cast daniel day lewis, if you think about it,he has the charm,the chin,the voice, and a little bit of crazy for an old batman

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    • jmo1020

      Aug 5th 2013, 12:40

      Why isn't Karl Urban on this list?! C'mon WB get it together!

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    • apo1978

      Aug 5th 2013, 12:55

      I reckon Batman should be an entire CGI character! Oh and this NEEDS to be 3D also (2D is soooo lame these days) coz I never take off the glasses anymore. Robin better be in it too saying "Break it up lads!" every 5 minutes in a northern accent (for some reason). Hell, just call it WINGS OF STEEL and make it star Batfink. Is it too early to reboot Man Of Steel? Can you tell I just don't care? ;-)

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    • SiMan

      Aug 5th 2013, 13:21

      Does this go to show that WB maybe didn't stand their ground well enough with Nolan? He's obviously gotten to make the ending he wanted (and fair play to him to sticking to his guns - even though i hate, and i mean HATE, how he ended TDKR) but if WB had have had any foresight, they shuold have asked him to make it so that any potential use of Batman in their future movies could continue from the canon established by Nolan, even if they need to do some re-casting. I just wish they would re-film that ending (i know that's never going to happen, but if you can get a 'directors cut' why can't we get a 'studios cut') and make it so he doesn't fake his death. Miranda Tate could even be caught at the end, but reveal she'd given away a load of secret Wayne tech to 'others' out there, setting up any potential for others from the rogues gallery to make an appearance, and have Batman's character stolen from Batman Forever; i.e he now chooses to be Batman, rather than because he has to be Batman.

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    • ilikescifi

      Aug 5th 2013, 13:23

      @chibik yes, Bale made such an impact it will be hard to transition so easily. @Chufferstud made a good point, if we mostly seen batman in the suit, there is no problem. It could be anyone. The suit is the continuity. And the original batman movies, no matter what you think of them, had a few different actors without bothering to spend too much time introducing them, they used the Villains to characterise the hero.

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    • spid2411

      Aug 5th 2013, 13:43

      Its a s**te idea, devoid of any artistic merit so who they pick is utterly irrelevant. Bale is wise to stay well clear of what is simply an attempt to make more obscene profit.

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Aug 5th 2013, 14:26

      Please, stop going on about Christian Bale. He did his version and has said repeatedly he's done with it. He's probably running out of Strepsils. And who in their right minds wants another flippin' origin story?! For God's sake, we don't need to instantly know everything about everyone to be able to connect with them or find them interesting. Until recent years most heroes arrived on screen fully-formed and we were all fine with that. Time to start exercising our imagination muscle and not continuously expecting to be spoon-fed every detail all the damn time. I personally am delighted that they aren't going for yet another teenage/twenty-something superhero. Harrison Ford was nearly forty when he first played Indy, for a start. As for my choice - well, Max Martini has an incredibly deep, gravelly voice to begin with; if they follow the Bale throat-cancer logic he'll make all the cinema seats vibrate every time he speaks with the cowl on (making this movie one for the ladies, maybe?). Brolin's an obvious choice, as is Jon Hamm. I like Armitage, but there has been no evidence to suggest he can do an American accent, has there? And two Brits playing US icons might be a bit much for the yanks to swallow (and who could blame them?). How about just skipping all of this and doing a straight adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns with a genuinely grizzled actor? Maybe give Michael Keaton the chance to play the gritty, dour Batman he wanted to in his aborted third outing? Okay, that'll never happen. But going older into middle age like they're suggesting certainly opens up the casting choices.

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    • CheesesBryce

      Aug 5th 2013, 14:36

      It's fair to say that with Dark Knight Rises, the angle of the dangle was proportional to the size of the rise. But thanks to Zach Snyder, we are now all enslaved to the world engine. nnnghhh !

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    • Chufferstud

      Aug 5th 2013, 14:39

      Adam West gets my vote!

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    • spid2411

      Aug 5th 2013, 14:41

      ps if they want an older Batman then the obvious choice is....William Shatner.

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    • spid2411

      Aug 5th 2013, 14:46

      pps ...with The Rock as Superman. Can see it now - Shatner in his ill fitting Batman suit on a plane looking out the window saying "There's someone on the wing...some THING on the wing!!" . Is it a bird, is it a plane..no, its the guy who starred in The Tooth Fairy. f**k this s**te idea.

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    • marvelboy

      Aug 5th 2013, 14:53

      @GarthMarenghi I agree with everything you said about Bale and an Origins story. But heck they way I see it they have one of two options. Option one, re-cast someone to play Bale's batman (I mean it work from Tim Burtons Trilogy and Sherlock and Bond, with out anyone questioning it ). Option Two, a new Batman with no links to Bale and NO origin story, Again it work for Time Burton's Franchise, we all know the history of Bats and any new fans will be too young to care, or can just get there big brothers/sisters/dads to explain

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    • Stephen1984

      Aug 5th 2013, 15:41

      I agree we don't need another origin story, especailly after 'Batman Begins'. However, I think WB need to do a solo Batman film that connects the character to the DC universe in a way that Christopher Nolan's films didn't. It would also be good to see a portrayal of Batman that shows how good a detective he is, which would be more in line with the comics. For casting, I can't see it being Michael Fassbender, as he's too associated with Magneto. Can't see Ryan Gosling working, either. Jon Hamm would be good, or possibly Ben Affleck or Billy Crudup (he was apparently considered before 'Batman Begins.' If they want someone a bit younger, either Jake Gyllenhaal or Wes Bentley would be good choice.

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    • NicholasGivanio

      Aug 5th 2013, 16:14

      Nicholas Givanio should star as Batman! Check and see pics on IMDB - Not as established yet but on the verge! Has all the skills see teaser of him as a assassin dark super hero @ - Johnny Games The Movie website-

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    • jamiebates

      Aug 5th 2013, 16:22

      I'd rather brolin joined marvel as doctor strange but after Jonah hex I can't see him wanting to go near any comic book films again

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    • Mattsimus

      Aug 5th 2013, 16:33

      @endof days and Stephen1984 great new suggestions actually regarding Bradley cooper and wes bentley, I did suggest Wes Bentley a few days ago on another post so fresh ideas on here are welcome. Still completely baffled how anyone in Hollywood thought and still thinks that gosling would be a decent realistic option for bats. Older or mature, established with the ability to pull of both (Bats / Bruce) would be ideal, thought I heard once that way way back Clint eastwood was considered for an much older batman, that said I always pictured a younger Jack Nicholson for Wolverine and he still ended up with joker so........

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    • stevenwebb23

      Aug 5th 2013, 17:31

      Armitage would be my no.1 choice! He has a dominating and intimidating screen presence i.e.Thorin, Guy (Robin Hood) and can always draws you into a character. Gosling is an amazing actor but definitely not a Batman and Brolin, can't really imagine him as Batman or Bruce Wayne, his previous acting roles although infallible has never really shown a subtle vulnerability , a key trait required

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    • Hadouken76

      Aug 5th 2013, 17:47

      I like how Total Film has turned into an extension of the Forbidden Planet website. Not TF's fault of course, the market is saturated with comic books, I preferred it when comicbook movies were considered unbankable, so you would get the odd one or two a year.

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 5th 2013, 18:08

      I'll take an excess of comic book movies over garbage like 2 Guns and Grown Ups anyday of the week. BTW what is this obsession with Karl Urban? I like the guy but he's got a pretty weak chin for both Batman and Dredd.

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 5th 2013, 19:36

      I can picture Cooper as Bruce Wayne, not sure about Batman though. If I was in charge Jon Hamm would have been announced as the new Batman at Comic Con.

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    • dojj singh

      Aug 5th 2013, 19:58

      For what it's worth, Josh would be the best of the list of names to be the "new" batman. I would of course, like millions of others, prefer Bale to return to the role, but apparently he's too busy playing football in Spain.

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    • CossieNuttas

      Aug 5th 2013, 20:02

      dudes its simple bring back Keaton to play an older batman, he's already established the role (best batman ever) have the story run a dark knight returns kinda level, me thinks it could work. other than that they should use Joseph Gordon lovett as batman cause bale left him the batcave and he could play a batman of the future kinda batman what yall thinks

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    • FBRBates

      Aug 5th 2013, 21:23

      Brolin is a poor choice, a good actor but not Batman. Gosling can f**k off, that overrated, squeaky voiced, pretty boy has no business any where near any DC Character.

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    • Mattsimus

      Aug 5th 2013, 21:43

      Gosling is just plain irritating regardless of how talented he may be...... I'm not against urban I just don't think I've seen him playing anything other than dark, gritty, angry, vengeful man looking for pay back etc, so on paper I could see why some would consider him for bats.... Problem is, it's just the same persona he always portrays! Dredd was also average, we just need someone who maybe isn't that established and young or someone who is established but older, meaning that if its an older choice then it's someone who viewers have grown to like in other films or someone younger who can develop through out the DC character and really be seen as Batman, thus not needing an origin etc

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    • chibik

      Aug 6th 2013, 7:05

      The consensus seems to be, if they're not recasting Bale's Batman, to have a Batman solo flight before joining up with Supes, though not another "origin story". Unfortunately, our consensus means squat, as Warner has apparently decided to abandon rational thought and go straight to the harvest without bothering to plant the seeds.

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    • ruffassmofo

      Aug 9th 2013, 1:57

      Gotta be Brolin! older,darker,can act,what more do u want? get him in the gym and bulk him up and youve got a dark knight returns batman,people need to forget bale and nolans batman and get hold of the truly compelling batman stories,try hush,frank millers dark knight returns of which you will you will find the basis for a great story arc without having to go down the origin road AGAIN...

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