The past few weeks have been awash in Batman casting rumors with everyone from Josh Brolin to Ryan Gosling apparently being on Warner Bros.' secret short list. However, new rumors suggest that the studio may cut its losses and stick with what works. The latest chatter, once again, claims that Christian Bale is being asked to reprise the role for the announced 'Batman vs. Superman' movie, and he's getting, uh, a substantial paycheck waved in front of him.
UPDATE: Additional speculation suggests that 'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston may also be up for the role. Between these two actors, which would you rather see get the part?
As eagle-eyed fans the world over will tell you, 'Man of Steel' contained numerous references to LexCorp, the company run by iconic Superman villain Lex Luthor. Naturally, tongues started wagging and everyone immediately assumed that the bald baddie would play a major role in the inevitable sequel. And then the fantasy casting began.
And now, Mark Strong has hinted that the role may be his.
It was announced at Comic-Con 2013 that the sequel to 'Man of Steel' will feature a Batman vs. Superman fight in the vein of Frank Miller's graphic novel 'The Dark Knight Returns,' so the big question is, of course, who will play Batman? The script for Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel 2' is still being written, so it's a bit early for Warner Bros. to start meeting with prospective actors for the role, but sources claim they have a few ideas.
This past week at Comic-Con 2013, 'Arrow' season 2 revealed a number of new DC-influenced characters and stars to arrive in the forthcoming second season of the hit CW drama, while we've previously heard producers talk about inching toward several Batman-adjacent characters. Now that Batman has been thrust back in the spotlight for the purported Batman / 'Man of Steel' crossover however, does 'Arrow' no longer have its target in sight?
It's time to put on our speculation hats. Who should take up the mantle of the Dark Knight in the new Batman/Superman movie? Well, we have a few suggestions.
After a few years of cool, iconic titles like 'The Dark Knight' and 'Man of Steel,' it looks like the upcoming Batman and Superman crossover film is going to be a bit more blunt. Although an official title wasn't revealed at the Warner Bros. Hall H presentation at Comic-Con 2013, screenwriter David S. Goyer was a little more candid at a panel celebrating the 75th anniversary of Superman.
Much like how fans are pining for Wolverine and Spider-Man to team up with the Avengers in a cinematic blowout, so too are they hoping for a Superman and Batman crossover. A while ago, back when Joseph Gordon-Levitt was rumored to star as the Dark Knight in 'Man of Steel 2' or some standalone film in the universe, talk branched off into a possible big-screen team-up for these two heroes. Now sources say that this will actually happen.
While Warner Bros. and DC Comics slowly but surely build a movie universe that will hopefully lead to the 'Justice League' film we've all been craving, one actor has made it clear that he's not interested in participating: the Dark Knight himself, Christian Bale. That means the role will eventually be recast. The question is, who should take his place?