By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 5, 2013 at 1:56PM
As we all know, the big news out of Comic-Con was that writer David S. Goyer and director Zack Snyder will reteam on a "Man of Steel" sequel for Warner Bros. that will feature both Superman and Batman. (TOH! doesn't think it's such a great idea.) Beefy Brit Henry Cavill is Superman; but Christian Bale won't be returning to Gotham. So the question remains: Who will play Batman?
Speculation has been running rampant for the past few days. The LA Times Hero Complex ran a lengthy poll that skewed young and ran all over the place (TV star Jensen Ackles is beating "Star Trek"'s Zachary Quinto). Now The Hollywood Reporter reports that Goyer and Snyder are leaning older. We'd like to see an actor with gravitas inhabit mogul Bruce Wayne/The Dark Knight, someone with athletic grace, darkness, and danger, say, "Zero Dark Thirty" star Jason Clarke, 44, "The Great Gatsby"'s Joel Edgerton, 39, or Michael Fassbender, 36, who is already embedded in the Marvel "X-Men" universe.
The younger group of candidates includes well-muscled Ryan Gosling, 35 (both the LAT and EW are rooting for Gosling as Batman), "Limitless" star Bradley Cooper, 38, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 32, (who was introduced in the "Dark Knight" finale but has said he would not do a non-Christopher Nolan Batman project), "The Walking Dead" star Andrew Lincoln, 39, Dominic Cooper, 35 ("The Devil's Double"), Wes Bentley, 34 ("The Hunger Games"), Matthew Goode, 35 (Ozymandias in Snyder's "Watchmen"), "Skyfall"'s Q, Ben Whishaw, 32, "Game of Thrones" stars Kit Harington, 26, and Richard Madden, 27, Channing Tatum, 33, and his tight-abbed "Magic Mike" co-star Joe Manganiello ("True Blood), 36.
More mature candidates include "Pacific Rim" co-stars Max Martini, 43, and Idris Elba, 40, Joseph Fiennes, 43 ("Shakespeare in Love"), Josh Brolin, 45 ("No Country for Old Men"), "The Hobbit" warrior Richard Armitage, 41, "Fast & Furious" anchor Vin Diesel, 46 (who seems a stretch as smooth-as-silk billionaire Wayne), and even "Star Trek" regular Simon Pegg, 43--who would fit in the comedian-goes-dramatic Michael Keaton mold.
Who do you think should don the bat suit in the new film? Take our poll, below.