Actor Ryan Gosling arrives for the film
Actor Ryan Gosling arrives for the film ''Blue Valentine'' at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 24, 2010. — Reuters (File) Photo
Pictures shows Henry Cavill as Superman in “Man of Steel.” — AP Photo
Pictures shows Henry Cavill as Superman in “Man of Steel.” — AP Photo

Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling is reportedly a hot contender to take on the role of Batman in the Man of Steel sequel.

Actors Josh Brolin and True Blood star Joe Manganiello are also rumoured to be in the running for the role of the caped crusader Bruce Wayne in Zach Snyder's new project, Batman vs Superman, the Hollywood Reporter said.

"Wayne/Batman will be in the late 30s or around the 40 mark. He will be established and rugged. This new movie will not seek to recount an origin story or the rise of the Dark Knight," a source said.

Gosling is the youngest in the mix, followed by British actor Matthew Goode, 35, who made a name for himself in chilling thriller Stoker. Brolin, 46, is currently thought to be the front runner to play the role because of his history with Warner Bros studios.

"Brolin is the front runner at this stage, but a studio source dismissed the chatter, saying that the casting process hasn't even begun," the source added. Manganiello, 36, is also said to be in the running after missing out on the role of Clark Kent in Man of Steel to Henry Cavill.

Meanwhile, The Hobbit actor Richard Armitage and 'Pacific Rim' star Max Martini have equally been named as contenders.

Frank Miller is currently advising director Snyder and others on a story, and the script has yet to be finalised.

Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder will serve as producers while Christopher Nolan, who directed the most recent Batman trilogy, and Emma Thomas are set to executive produce.

The movie is set to begin production in 2014 with a 2015 release date. — Reported by HT

Published Aug 17, 2013 03:31pm

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Aug 17, 2013 05:13pm

Your a bit late.

Aug 17, 2013 09:57pm

Scott Adkins is the only actor fit for this role, not these brainless scrawny overexposed generic pretty boys. This kid is a good actor but hes hardly a guy who criminals would fear if they were in a alley.....especially with that high pitched nasally voice. I truly hope WB is smarter than we think and they cast an actor who is better suited such as Adkins for the role

Kenneth Purdon
Aug 18, 2013 01:09am

Nobody else but Christian Bale to play Batman.

The Real Zack Snyder
Aug 18, 2013 10:59am

Casting is yet to be decided. Henry Cavill is set to return as Superman though.

Kyle Armstrong
Aug 18, 2013 11:07am

No. Ryan Gosling is not batman, hes a terrible choice, hes a girl movie actor and if he happens to be batman, it wil be a slap to the face to every actor that has been batman (Apart from George Clooney). When the news was released we would finally get this movie, it was amazing. This will single handedly kill it.

Aug 18, 2013 12:13pm

Not Manganiello! His acting is below bad, and he does not look like a Bruce Wayne at all.

Not Ryan Gosling either, he is too cute-ish looking. And in a nice-cute way.

Aug 18, 2013 04:45pm

@Kenneth Purdon: totally agree