When Warner announced Batman vs Superman at their Comic-Con panel, we immediately wanted to know who would play Batman. We already knew Christian Bale was done with the character, and we recently learned the new Batman will likely be introduced in Man of Steel 2, filming in early 2014 to be released in 2015. The script isn’t finished, but we’ve already heard that six actors are on the studio’s shortlist.
The Hollywood Reporter says the new Batman will be in his late 30s or around 40, already established as a crime-fighter (no origin story necessary) and “rugged”. Although no offers have been made, they say these six actors are the top picks so far (and we know one guy who’s already ruled himself out).
To be clear, these are not our picks. We’re reporting rumors, not making a wish list.
Josh Brolin, age 46. THR says two of their sources peg Brolin as the frontrunner, while another source denies any casting has been discussed. Brolin has already worked with Warner several times. They let him star in Gangster Squad even after Jonah Hex bombed (and could you lay the blame for Hex on Brolin anyway?). Brolin also has a connection to Frank Miller (who wrote the storyline Batman vs Superman will be based upon). The two are working together on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
We’ll level with you. Brolin is the oldest guy on this list, and the second most grizzled. He’d be facing the prospect of being a fifty-something Batman in a later sequel. We’re skeptical.
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