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POLL: Who Should Play Batman in New Batman-Superman Mashup?

Thompson on Hollywood 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 Zack Snyder will direct a "Man of Steel" sequel for Warner Bros. that will feature a Superman-Batman team-up. Beefy Henry Cavill is Superman; but Christian Bale won't be returning to Gotham. So the question remains: Who will play Batman? Take our poll, below.
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Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling

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?

Matthew Goode as Ozymandias in 'Watchmen'
Matthew Goode as Ozymandias in 'Watchmen'

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.

Henry Cavill in "Man of Steel"
Henry Cavill in "Man of Steel"

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.

This article is related to: News, Poll, Batman, Superman, Warner Bros. , Zack Snyder


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.