In "Man of Steel 2" Superman will team up with fellow DC-verse superstar Batman, DC announced at Comic-Con. Obviously Christian Bale's impossibly dark Dark Knight wouldn't fit in with the poppier direction the DC movieverse is taking. Besides, Bale has already said he won't reprise the role. So the question is: Who will don the bat ears?
The script isn't even done yet, so all casting rumors are incredibly premature. That said, I'm going to go ahead and spread some casting rumors. According to the Hollywood Reporter, DC is looking for a Batman who's been around the block — someone in his late 30s or 40s, since they're not interested in telling yet another origin story. Frontrunners are rumored to include "True Blood" star Joe Manganiello (who was once on the short list to play Superman himself), Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling.
At 32, Gosling's a little young for what DC supposedly wants, but on the other hand he is Ryan Gosling, which has to be a big mark in his favor.
That's not the only big franchise role he's up for. Casting rumors continue to swirl around the new “Star Wars” films, but this might be the first one that really makes us sit up and take notice: Director J.J. Abrams is reportedly eyeing Ryan Gosling to play Luke Skywalker’s son.
Zac Efron is also reportedly a candidate for a role, according to E! Online, but who cares, relatively speaking, because Ryan Gosling might be in “Star Wars.” I can’t even imagine what would happen if Ryan Gosling fandom and “Star Wars” fandom were brought together. It would certainly cause a great disturbance in the box office.