August 5th, 2013
04:43 PM ET
Now that we know Warner Bros. is going to unite Superman and Batman on the big screen, the only question is who will play the Caped Crusader.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the potential casting list includes Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, "True Blood's" Joe Manganiello and Brit actor Richard Armitage.
At Comic-Con last month, Warner Bros. blew fans' minds with the announcement that the two heroes are going to be in a feature film together for the first time.
Zack Snyder, who directed this summer's "Man of Steel" and is helming the forthcoming sequel, "strongly hinted" at the Comic-Con panel that Superman and Batman will be rivals in this installment.
"It's beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest superheroes in the world," he said.
THR cautions that the script isn't finished yet and that Snyder is only beginning to look at his options for who could portray Bruce Wayne/Batman. It seems that in the "Man of Steel" sequel, Batman will be "established, rugged" and somewhere in the late 30s to early 40s range. Tonally, the sequel's creative team is said to be looking toward Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns."
In addition to Brolin, Gosling, Manganiello and Armitage, actors Max Martini and Matthew Goode are also said to be under consideration. Keep in mind that a Warner Bros. source downplayed the casting gossip as premature.
That should change soon enough, however, considering that the studio wants to begin filming "Man of Steel 2" in 2014 to keep it on track for a 2015 release. Brit star Henry Cavill is returning to reprise his role as Clark Kent, along with his other "Man of Steel" co-stars Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne.
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