By Will Ashton
Things appear to be cooking up over at Warner Bros. for Batman vs. Superman, or Superman vs. Batman, or Man of Steel 2, or whatever the title of the movie is.
Since the official announcement at Comic Con this year, sources are saying that director Zack Snyder has begun taking meetings with Frank Miller, as his graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns will be an inspiration for the film. While the film has not been considered a direct adaptation of the graphic novel, it appears it’s going to be taking some more elements than initially conceived from the book, if these rumors are true.
According to Batman on Film, Warner Bros. is looking for an actor in his mid-40s to play the Caped Crusader in the new film. The new Batman is being described as “a grizzled veteran who has been on the job for several years.”
This news, should it be true, would throw away any speculation of previous reports that Joseph Gordon Levitt was being considered for the part. There were also rumors that Armie Hammer, who will be costarring with Superman himself Henry Cavill in the upcoming The Man From U.N.C.L.E., would be dawning the cape this time around. But Hammer recently shut down speculation on the news with Metro when he said, “”I think if Henry and I did that film and then a superhero film straight after, people might start to wonder about us.”
Names that are being thrown around for the part include Jon Hamm, Josh Brolin and Gerard Butler. These are all just rumors of course, but I’d love to see Hamm in the role. He’s got the look and the acting chops. He would make a better older Superman, but, whatever.
Update: Heat Vision has gotten word that actors Ryan Gosling, Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike), Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Matthew Goode (Watchmen) and Max Martini (Pacific Rim) are also being considered for the part of Batman. Multiple sources say that Brolin is the studio’s top choice for the part. Heat Vision also notes that Batman’s origin story will not be retold in this film.
Manganiello is an interesting choice, as he was reportedly neck-and-neck with Cavill for Superman when casting Man of Steel. His biggest difficulty, however, will be working around his True Blood schedule. Goode also has a relationship with Snyder, as the two worked together on Watchmen. Heat Vision stresses that it is still very early, as David S. Goyer has only just begun writing the movie. But Warner Bros. is hoping to shoot the movie in early 2014 so that they can release it in 2015.