Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Every Other Leading Man in Hollywood up for Batman

Superman and Batman by Alex Ross

You know, if I was a more conniving blogger, I would totally come up with my own (non-existent) “sources” and claim to know who the studio or director Zack Snyder is considering to play Batman in his as-yet-untitled upcoming Batman-Superman movie.

See, the genius about these “scoops” is that you throw out a bunch of caveats beforehand, and because the movie is in such an early stage of development, once actual casting begins and people are slotted in roles, who would actually remember that you threw out a bunch of names all those many months (and in some cases, years) ago? But you’d know — cause of all the sweet, sweet traffic and link backs you’d have gotten for the, oh, day or two after you posted your “scoop”.

(I’m just saying. I could totally do that and get away with it.)

Batman by Alex RossAnyways. So word around the Batcave in recent days has Warner Bros. looking to pair 30-something Mr. Henry Cavill’s Superman up against a grizzled, older Batman. One that has been around, knows a thing or two about fighting evil and could, presumably, be ready for a major throwdown with the Big Blue Boyscout should it come to it.

According to THR, there are a few names currently on the studio’s list. Yes, this is coming from an industry trade like THR, so I’m assuming they’ll have more to lose (like, say, journalistic respect or sumthin’) if they are totally off base here and their sources prove to be janitors on the night shift at Warner Bros.

THR says Josh Brolin is the frontrunner for the role. Of the guys supposedly being wooed or being considered for the role, Brolin is the oldest of the bunch at 45. He would be 46 by the time the movie goes into production next year, and 47 by the time it opens. Now I’m not saying an old dude can’t play Batman. In fact, if Snyder is indeed thinking about doing a “The Dark Knight Returns” style movie (he is scheduled to meet with “Returns'” creator Frank Miller, after all), featuring an old, aging Batman who still has plenty of fight left in him, Brolin would be the perfect choice.

Brolin is an insanely good actor, and he’s already done a Frank Miller movie — he’s staring in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”, based on the comic book by Miller, who is co-directing the picture with Robert Rodriguez. It would be one hell of a choice, but you’ll have an easier time convincing me your grandmama’s an alien before you convince me Hollywood isn’t obsessed with youth.

Josh Brolin in Sin City A Dame to Kill For (2014) Movie Image

The other big name on the list is Ryan Gosling, who is in his early ’30s. I think Gosling is on everyone’s wish list at the moment, but he doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy who would do a big comic book movie. He’s long been attached to the “Logan’s Run” remake, but that movie has been in development seemingly forever, and until I actually see a marquee poster with him on it, I don’t believe it’ll ever actually happen.

Then again, if you need brooding done right, Gosling is your man, hands down.

Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives (2013) Movie Image

Other possible names include “True Blood’s” Joe Manganiello, “The Hobbit’s” Richard Armitage, “Watchmen’s” Matthew Goode, and “Pacific Rim’s” Max Martini.

Of all the “other” contenders, I’d love for Martini to get the gig. I’ve been a fan of this guy since “The Unit”, and I thought he was shamefully underused in “Pacific Rim”.

Max Martini in Pacific Rim (2013) Movie Image

All of this, of course, is vastly premature. Zack Snyder’s Batman/Superman film won’t be released until Summer 2015, which means it’ll have to cast and be in production by early 2014 or thereabouts. A film like this will take a LOT of prep time, so you can probably expect to hear a new actor playing Batman by the end of this year. Unless, of course, they can convince Christian Bale to come back.

2015 is still a heck of a long way off, and THR reminds us that the script is still being written.

It’s curious, though, that Warner Bros. is even thinking about an older Batman. Again, you’d have an easier time convincing me Kim Kardashian has actual talent before you convince me Hollywood movie studios aren’t obsessed about casting younger and younger franchise stars. But hey, stranger things have happened…