The new Batman shortlist: Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and… Joe Manganiello?!

As I keep saying, I’m not one of those comic book fangirls who gets all crazy with any whiff of new casting news for beloved comic franchises. Do I care who is cast as the new Bruce Wayne/Batman in the Man of Steel sequel? Yeah. But not that much. It doesn’t help that none of the actors rumored to be up for the gig are on Forever Dong List. I doubt Michael Fassbender would take the Batman role, but I would love it if his name was at least MENTIONED for it. I doubt Idris Elba would take the role either, but still… how about putting him on the shortlist anyway? Instead, this list reads like the closing of a million biscuit factories.

Who will play Batman? That’s the big question gripping the fanboy world ever since Warner Bros. and DC announced at Comic-Con that the two iconic heroes will team up for the Man of Steel sequel. On Thursday, the L.A. Times posited 16 faces and conducted a popularity poll. The list was all over the map, from TV stars such as Jensen Ackles and Andrew Lincoln to next generation stars Ryan Gosling and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to outliers like Simon Pegg and Daniel Dae Kim. The poll might be fun, but The Hollywood Reporter is hearing that a totally different set of names are in the mix.

First, some words of caution. The script is still being written, so nothing has been submitted formally to reps and actors. Two, according to sources, director Zack Snyder is only just beginning to look at actors. But the real insight is the kind of Bruce Wayne/Batman that Snyder is looking to cast. According to numerous sources, this Wayne/Batman will be in the late 30s or around the 40 mark. He will be established and rugged. This new movie will not seek to recount an origin story or the rise of the Dark Knight. Christian Bale, The Dark Knight trilogy Batman, has said he won’t return for another film.

Sources say the new movie is aiming for the tone of the relationship and fight seen in Frank Miller’s 1980s ground-breaking mini-series The Dark Knight Returns. Enough with the preamble. Here are the top names surfacing at this stage:

Josh Brolin, 46 – Warner Bros likes him a lot. He starred in the studio’s Gangster Squad, and that’s after he toplined the studio’s 2010 dud Jonah Hex. He’s also attached to star in Warners’ Quasimodo project as well as Crazy for the Storm. Plus, he already has a Frank Miller connection: he leads the cast of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming take on the Miller crime comics. (Two sources say Brolin is the frontrunner at this stage, but a studio source dismisses the chatter, saying that the casting process hasn’t even begun.)

Ryan Gosling, 32 – Yes, Brolin’s Gangster Squad co-star appears to be in the mix. He may be younger than the rest, he may be prettier than the rest, but no one questions his acting chops.

Other contenders:
Joe Manganiello, 36 — According to several insiders, Snyder liked him as a possible Superman for Man of Steel before settling on Henry Cavill, but one major stumbling block was the schedule that Alan Ball had him on for filming True Blood, the HBO vampire series in which Manganiello plays a werewolf.

Richard Armitage, 41 — The British actor appeared in TV’s Strike Back, but may be best known to audiences for playing Thorin in the Hobbit movie for Warners’ New Line division. He will reprise the characters for the second and third installments.

Max Martini, 43 — He cut his teeth playing tough guys on TV in shows such as Revenge, Castle and Hawaii Five-O but won notice as a sacrificing father in Pacific Rim and will play a Navy

Matthew Goode, 35 – He’s already worked with Snyder in the director’s 2009 film Watchmen, in which he played Ozymandias.

One insider says that any talk of casting is premature since the script isn’t yet written. But that has not stopped studio insiders from whispering names or preventing agencies from drawing up lists of their best faces. Another insider scoffs “You might as well put Adam West in this list” and suggests that a left-of-center choice still could emerge. Casting is likely to solidify in the coming weeks as Warner Bros wants to shoot the movie in early 2014 for a 2015 release.

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

Matthew Goode would be an interesting choice, but like Bale, Goode has a history of being a tantrum-prone a—hole. And if you’re going for someone who can do an “intellectual Batman” why not just go with Wes Bentley, you know? As for the “lead contender” Josh Brolin… ugh. I think he’s TOO old. I just don’t see that at all. And I’m saying that even as a person who think Josh is talented. I don’t care for Josh as a person, but he’s a very talented actor and even then, he couldn’t pull it off. At all. Also: Joe Manganiello?!!? O RLY?!!?

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  1. Bodhi says:

    Joe is a MASSIVE comic book nerd & way into all that stuff. If he can get out of his True Blood contract or figure out a way to work around it, I think he’d make a great Batman. Especially if he had to take his shirt of a lot *fans self*

    • jen says:

      This role would require someone to…..act. Something Joe has no idea how to do.

      • Bodhi says:

        I think his turn on TB is mostly due to the extremely shitty writing rather than his ability

      • Lukie says:

        um, Joe Manganiello has a BFA from Carnegie Mellon, which has one of the top drama schools, period. He would not have even made it in the door of that program if he couldn’t act.

        Me thinks you may be judging a book it’s cover just a tiny bit….

      • Shannon says:

        Lukie: and what a cover it is. He’s so
        F-ing hot.

      • Lettie says:

        It’s so cute/pathetic how Joe’s fans ALWAYS say “but he went to Carnegie Mellon of course he’s smart!!” yeah, and George Bush went to Yale. Joe still can’t act his way out of a paper bag.

      • Oscar Mal says:

        Joe Manganiello can’t act at a level where he can pull off sharing the lead in a major motion picture.

        Yes, he went to Carnegie Mellon and studied acting. He was admitted based on his potential when he was 19 years old. He’s 36 now is probably no better than he was then. By the way, he didn’t get in the first time he tried, which tells me he got in through persistence more than through ability.

        It’s worth noting that EVERYONE knows he studied acting at Carnegie Mellon. He mentions that EVERYWHERE: interviews, press releases, Twitter profile, Facebook, IMDB… He puts that out there because it’s the only way anyone will believe he’s a real actor and not just some guy who was chosen to act based on his looks. You don’t see any other good actors doing that short of thing.

        Yes, the writing is uneven at best on True Blood. Somehow, though, the other actors on the show appear more convincing and capable of delivering their bad lines in a believable way.

        By the way, I like Joe’s backstory. He struggled with alcoholism and has worked hard to build his body into something very special. That said, he’s still not much of an actor.

  2. Manchurian Global says:

    God, I love Matthew Goode. Other than that, bad choices all around.

  3. blue marie says:

    Joe Manga-NONO.. I really don’t like any of these choices..

  4. Gwen says:

    Random choice, but I think Jensen Ackles would do a good job with it. He was a lead contender for Captain America.

  5. Out of these choices Goode or Gosling, but nome of them are perfect…

    I just want them to offer Bale 50 million and be done with it!

  6. Tiffany27 says:

    Wes Bentley or shut it down.

  7. Haley says:

    I think Wes Bentley would be perfect.

  8. Anna says:

    Oh. My. God. If Richard Armitage gets it, I will become a Batman fangirl. That would be AMAZING. OMG. I already saw some Gosling/Brolin rumors earlier today in the i-net, so I clicked on this article halfheartedly and then I saw ARMITAGE and ZOMG CANNTO GET MY BRAIN TO WORK. *tries to breathe. remembers North&South. hyperventilates again.*

  9. ALG says:

    That’s a crappy list of actors. Makes me really appreciate Bale and the job that he did. My wish for the new Batman is to go a little salt and peppery and get Jim Caviezel.

    • ds says:

      You’re right about the crappy list and the more I read all these news and casting stories the more they turn me off and Bat is my fav since I was a kid. Wish they could pull out a surprising name someone with charisma rather than looks.

    • Jade says:

      Count me in with Jim Caviezel. He is the only name mentioned that actually gets me excited for this film. I think he would make a credible Bruce/Batman.

    • Lucy2 says:

      After seeing his TV show, I could get on board with Jim C.

    • E-v-E says:

      this is bunch of really random and wtf choices, and as much as I appreciate Brolin or Goss and find Goode solid and handsome, god NO. This season’s True Blood ruined Joe for me, he should just quit if he wants any respect left. So, all in all, still team Wes until someone more interesting comes along. Or Fassbender. Or Cumb…wait, what? :D
      oh yeah, Karl Urban, that reminds me I have to check out that Almost human show, is it out yet?
      EDIT: forgot to say I love Jim Caviezel! but afraid he’s also a bit too old now :/
      also, looked up this Richard Armitage guy and this is what is in his wikipedia profile:
      He frequently speaks of being drawn to and developing dualism in his characters.[31] “If I’m offered the role of the hero, I immediately look for the antihero within!… I see everything in terms of an outer skin and an inner skin.”
      also, I find him kind of hot, so yes, he could be the guy :)

  10. Pinky says:

    Who? Who? Who? And who? No.

  11. Tessa says:

    No Garrett Hedlund? But…but…but… WHY????

  12. Sixer says:

    Wow. I can’t see ANY of them as Batman. Fassy would be a good Batman.

    BTW – why does Richard Armitage get no coverage on here? Is it only British women that like him? I thought you guys stateside all liked that Robin Hood series he was in?

  13. Christo says:

    While I am no fan of Brolin, his arrogant, dark swagger would be perfect for this role. I dare say he would add depth that Bale only attempted to capture.

  14. Yelly says:

    I just want to know who Joseph Gordon-Levitt is going to play. I can’t get enough of that man.

  15. Jenna says:

    Joe Manganiello?! The hell?! How did his name even get into it? Just a huge: ‘NO’.

  16. Katie says:

    I don’t watch superhero movies because I’m a grownup (and I don’t have children), but what are these choices? Ryan Gosling, who will spend the whole movie smirking; Josh Brolin, who likes to beat his wife; a few non-Americans; and Joe Manganiello…because Batman is now a neanderthal?

    I’d almost rather they cast that Teen Wolf guy. At least he won’t need to dye the gray out of his hair.

  17. lisa2 says:

    Not really interested in the never ending Batman thing.

    but if I had to cast a vote.. well
    Richard Armitage.

    Not sure if he is too old. But he is just so beautiful. And there are only a few men I get this way about.. He is one of them.

  18. DesertPoppy says:

    I don’t like anyone in their list. If Bale really wont do it then I would like JGL but I don’t think he is going to do it either :(

  19. Bijlee says:

    I don’t care anymore but NO to Ryan gosling. Or brolin…not really feeling anyone on this list.

  20. savanna says:

    hahaha why is it that when I think about Josh Brolin all that comes to mind is Diane Lane? Oh wait because he is so boring. SO BORING. I know I’m a Batman nerd but I would refuse to see this movie (even hate-watch, which is a strong possibility no matter who Batman is) if they picked Josh Brolin. Joe Manganiello… I might be able to handle that.

    • Lemony says:

      Hmmm….I like your idea!
      Reading through this list I was thinking that none of these guys are the right fit for Batman, they need someone a little less well-known but still talented. I think he could be the the one.
      Also: Richard Armitage is INCREDIBLE.

  21. Elodie says:

    Fassbender won’t simply happen because he is bound by his Marvel contract until it ends, so vene if he was up for it, not happening…

    Joe Magnsjklfloifkjhkjwglno after watching him in True Blood I really don’t want to watch him in anything everrrrr….

    And after reconsidering, imo Wes Bentley looks so much like the part…

  22. LeBarron says:

    Two words: Richard Armitage.

  23. lili says:

    I don’t care about “Batman”. I just hope Gosling will wisely stay out of this sh*t.

  24. Side-Eye says:

    Every suggestion on this list is horrible and a goddamn disgrace. And I actually like a decent portion of these actors.

  25. Sachi says:

    Wes Bentley, IMO, should get the part.

    Joe Manganiello…No. His “acting” is quite off-putting in True Blood and I don’t believe it’s the script. Sam Trammell has been working with a shitty script for a while now and I can see the problem are the bad script and character arc, not the actor himself.

    • Lucy2 says:

      I agree- bad scripts yes, but I have not been impressed with him on True Blood at ALL. I haven’t seen him on anything else, but based on TB I don’t see him as a good enough actor- especially in a role last inhabited by the very talented Bale.
      Wes would be good.

  26. Isabel says:

    We need a black Batman. As long as it is not Kanye West.

    For example Jesse Williams, not a huge name, but why not give the man a shot?

    Or of course Morgan Freeman, but don’t think that is possible hahahahaa, but Goddddd it will be epic.

    • Side-Eye says:

      We don’t ‘need’ a black Batman. We ‘need’ an adaptation of one of the popular canonically black characters,–such as Black Panther, Luke Cage, or the Jon Stewart incarnation of the Green Lantern–not more tokenism and stunt casting. There are plenty of decent black characters to choose from, and I don’t know why we have to just change a character’s race after 50 years when other, important POC characters are so constantly being ignored whenever these diversity discussions come up, and deserve to be in the spotlight.

      • Rhea greene says:

        What is your problem Side Eye??If someone wants to even fantasize or say they want to see a black Batman that bothers you?I am so sick of your snide comments on every thread about the new Batman. That is THEIR OPINION and they have a right to it.I don’t know if you are racist or a troll or a racist troll,but stop telling people how they should feel about wanting to see a Black batman, it is really none of your gd business really.And of course these studios are never in a million years going to cast anything but a boring skinny white unknown English guy to play Batman,but if we want to say that we wish they would go another route,that has nothing to do with you!
        I am just sick of you altogether.

      • Anguishedcorn says:

        ITA with this. Well-said.

      • Side-Eye says:

        EXCUSE ME? ARE YOU ACTUALLY KIDDING ME RHEA GREENE? How is ANYTHING I said racist at all? I’m sorry, but MY RACE isn’t just an accessory you can pin on to people because you want to cling on to some pseudo-diversity while at the same time IGNORING POC CHARACTERS THAT HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO GET IN THE SPOTLIGHT. How am I racist, when I’ve repeatedly acknowledged and stated my longing for one of the POC comic book characters to get adaptations. How am *I* a troll for stating my opinion? Because it disagrees with yours? And how *dare* you call me a racist for stating my opinion on this tokenism bullshit? If anyone is racist, it’s you for ignoring POC characters that exist in the universe and only focusing on a character’s race instead of a backstory. You’re fetishizing them. You’re seeing them as nothing but a race. Again, MY RACE is not an accessory you can just pin on to people. Why have you not acknowledged the black characters in the comic book universe? Oh, but you’ve never heard of them, right? You’ve basically decided that since you’ve only seen Batman that there must be none that exist. So basically you don’t know what you’re talking about.

        I don’t know where the hell you came from, but I am sick, tired, and disgusted with you always popping in with your ignorant bullshit.

      • Samtha says:

        I agree with you somewhat, but the fact is, none of the already established black superheros have the kind of visibility that Batman does.

        And there WAS a black Batman–Wayne Williams in the Just Imagine continuity. It’s not such a stretch and the virulent “no” reaction from some fans does reek of racism. Is his “whiteness” that integral to his character to you?

      • Side-Eye says:

        My disagreeing with tokenism reeks of racism? So you’re just assuming I wouldn’t be just as outraged if they whitewashed the black panther? Yeah if like it if you’s take that bullshit somewhere and have several seats in the back please. Your’e the POC characters don’t have as much recognition-but that’s bedside all the people screaming about so called ”diversity” would rather tokenise canon characters than actually fights for the diverse characters that already exist.*You’re* the ones who are part of the problem with your half-ass slactivism. No his whiteness isn’g absolute ly crucial but not if my race an accessory. Oh and btw the casting is for BRUCE WAYNE. Not Wayne Philips. Just saying.

      • Isabel says:

        Wow I started something here…

        Maybe I need to clarify a bit: It terribly bothers me that the producers/directors don’t even consider a black man for this part; we only hear about white dudes. I really don’t want to create the token black guy feel; casting a black man to make a statement or something like that (and yes, I understand my post above really made it sound like that). I sincerely hope they give the part to the best guy, black or white.

        It just really annoys me that the directors cling on to ‘white guy only’, because ‘well hey, in the comics he is white, so lets not think outside of the box’. Technically Jesus wasn’t a white dude either, but he is portrayed like one in most pictures, but seems nobody has a problem with that.

        There are tons of black actors who fit the part imo, yet we get Joe (sorry, dude looks good but can’t act), Gosling (gonna be mean again; how can he play bad ass? He looks like an adolescent neighbourkid) and Josh Brolin (nah). Yet good actors who happen to be of color get excluded because they are not white.
        Call me crazy, but I could see Denzel Washington do this; he is good at playing a tortured soul. I do realize his age is a problem in this scenario (but that’s a whole different discussion) and I am not sure how he would hold up in fight scenes, but from an acting standpoint I can see him pull off Bruce Wayne.

        Maybe I am too obsessed with this subject, but godddd it so annoying opening a page stating ‘new batman/other superhero rumors’ and there are only white guys.

        I agree there needs to be more focus on black sidechars, we barely hear about/see those.

      • Samtha says:

        @side-eye, I didn’t say you’re racist. Calm yourself for pete sake. Fanboys and girls have a history of reacting with racism to casting choices; I was thinking specifically of what happened with Laurence Fishburne when he was cast as Perry White, and what happened when Michael Clarke Duncan was cast as Kingpin.

        Yes, they’re casting Bruce Wayne, but my point was that having a black Batman isn’t something so absurd that it’s outside the realm of possibilities.

        Who says a black Batman would be a “token” anything? Is it impossible that a black actor could, you know, be the best man for the job, regardless of his ethnicity? Is the most important part of Bruce Wayne that he’s white? It’s silly.

      • Rhea greene says:

        Side Eye you and Dommy Dearest are both idiots.Just stupid sad women.That is all I am going to say about it.

    • Dommy Dearest says:

      I commented on this in the previous days. While the idea is an idea that sounds great and the chance he was then it can be awesome. But the legions of people that are the comic fans would cause a uproar for DC Comics. They are still getting flack from the Catwoman film. Marvel gets it from what they did to Deadpool’s character in Wolverine Origins (changed many things about the canon character), Jessica Alba’s Susan Storm, and other things that deviate from canon. They all went an opposite route that the comics went. Movie goers don’t particularly care what is inaccurate with the films since they don’t read the comics. But the fan base would react terribly. Not particularly sure if they really care but they seem to be wanting to do every fandom seriously. Green Lantern will be appearing in the JLA movie and will most likely appear in an origins movie for one of the characters (due to the fail that was the Ryan Reynolds ‘Hal Jordan’ Green Lantern I can really see them using Jon Stewart who is a black character and pretty badass).

      Like I said while it’s awesome to think of things like that the uproar it would cause would be insane. Some people just aren’t ready nor wanting to break canon and I’m one of them.

  27. Isabel says:

    Man-Jello is of course a hot man, but I don’t see him as Batman. But if I had to choose between him and Gosling, Man-Jello (I refuse to call him Manganiello) all the way. Gosling is a pretty boy.

  28. Jen says:

    Karl (not to be mistaken for Keith) Urban–not too famous, not too pretty and not a cave man.

    • mom2two says:

      Karl Urban would be perfect as Batman (especially since the rumor is that they want someone 30 plus). Why his name is not on any lists mystify me.
      Out of the list in the article, I can also get with Max Martini or Josh Brolin (douchenozzley…is that a word? aside) as Batman. Both men are good actors and I think would bring the gravitas that Bale brought to the part.
      No way to Gosling. He’s got to be one of the more overrated people in Hollywood in looks and talent. Thankfully, he’s been one of the few actors who seem to avoid franchise movies, I’d be surprised to him in this part.
      I do think the part is going to wind up being Joseph Gordon Levitt’s to turn down though. The way the last Batman movie ended really seemed to indicate he would continue Bruce Wayne’s work.

    • sputnik says:

      karl urban is great. but he’s already judge dredd. i’d rather see him do another of those movies.

    • Samtha says:

      Oh, I love the idea of Karl Urban for the role. He would be fantastic.

  29. Romy says:

    Joe Magnaiello has about as much shot as getting cast as Idris Elba or Micheal B. Jordan.He is too “ethnic looking”to play Batman.They are looking for someone with brown hair and blue eyes and they know it.This list reminds me of when Freddie Prinze Jr. said he was strung along auditioning to play Spiderman for 3 years when at the end he felt he never had a shot as a Latina. These producers always want clean cut All American looking safe choices to play the lead guys.
    I am not even exited anymore about all these superhero movies.The same story being told over and over.I actually wish they’d make them black or asian or gay just to make them interesting.They’re just so boring and predictable.

  30. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I think Gosling is more than capable.

  31. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    Okay, I don’t know if anyone else has said this (I didn’t read the comments), but does anyone else agree with me that Bale did not throw some big, massive tantrum.

    I’ve been hearing for years that he threw this completely epic bitchfest, so much so, that the crew member was pissing his pants….so I went on youtube and listened to it.

    Now, it’s not like I’m agreeing that what he did was right, the crew member deserved it, and so on-but I was expecting screaming and yelling. Bale sounded exhausted and fed up. He didn’t even sound pissed off, he sounded like he was tired. And it read like a huge lecture. Like he would say one sentence, pause for a couple of seconds, then say another thing.

    Just wanted to say that.

    And those Batman choices suck.

    • Side-Eye says:

      Yes, this completely. From the transcripts it was clear that the guy he was shouting at had done this multiple times. Maybe he shouldn’t have gone off like that, but damn, it must’ve been a thousand degrees out there and Christian Bale is the type of actor who gets really deep into a role, and then this guy comes and breaks his method multiple times. I don’t even know why people keep bringing this up as a definition of his character, when he already apologized(and did it legitimately and sincerely) and has gone on to do a slew of really amazing and thoughtful things since then that I don’t recall this site bringing up in lieu of what, the two times, he snapped, that he actually had some reasons to go off for? Jesus.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      +1 to both comments.

    • stellalovejoydiver says:

      Also Bale apologized after the incident, not some crappy non-apology like sorry if I offended anyone, but he said this was unacceptable and that he said ““The thing that I really want to stress is I have no confusion whatsoever. I was out of order beyond belief. I was way out of order. I acted like a punk. I regret that.

      “There is nobody that has heard that tape that’s been hit harder by it than me. I make no excuses for it. It is unexcusable. I hope that that is absolutely clear.”

      • Side-Eye says:

        *EXACTLY.* And he’s done so many wonderful things since then, like visiting the Colorado victims(when he really didn’t have to) and spending the day with that child with cancer. All with the only way people found out being from the fans themselves. Christian Bale is on my list of forever actors.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I LOVE Christian Bale. He is such a good man. I like that he owned up to it. That he didn’t try to give some bs non-apology, didn’t try to blame anyone else but himself.

        I also love that he keeps his family as his priority. I remember that fight he had with his mom and sister, from what I read it was because they were disrespecting his wife-I’m sure I don’t even want to know what they were saying about her.

        But he’s always been apart from the majority of that Hollywood crap. That’s why I don’t get the Anne Hathaway-Affair rumors. Anyone know? Neither of them seem the type, plus I heard that he keeps his wife and kid with him on set.

      • Side-Eye says:

        @ Virgilia Yes, totally. And weren’t his mom and sister trying to get money off of him? I have no problem with him going off because of that either. I know they say respect your parents, but there’s got to be a line at some point. You never hear about scandalous things about his wife and never see his kids so I don’t even get where the Hathaway rumors came from, because he seems to genuinely love and care for his wife. All of his actions seem to be totally sincere and he’s always owned up to the shit he’s done.

        *end fangirl gushing*

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        @Side-Eye
        From what I remember, I think it was that they were disrespecting his wife for one, but they also kept calling him only for money. And when he wouldn’t give it to them, they went off on his wife, he started yelling at them, they called the cops (because in London you can be arrested for “verbal assault” or something like that), AND then talked to any tabloid that would pay them anything about how terrible he was.

      • Side-Eye says:

        @ Virgilia *sigh* Some people’s family members aren’t worht shit.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Bale’s apology was so refreshing for the amount of ownership he took for his actions. That is so rare in “apology” statements it seems like!

    • Raquel says:

      Yes, Bale went overboard, and, no, it is not professional to bitch out someone like that. Still, it hardly proves he’s an asshole.

      In the first place, he didn’t exactly go ballistic on some minimum wage set worker. The guy he chewed out was the director of photography, or something. He was a manager, in other words, and had been reminded not to waltz around in scenes that were being shot a few times before the meltdown. And, even I can understand why you do not do that. I can appreciate how obnoxious it would be to put all your focus and intensity into doing something right, nail a scene, and realize that it all went to pot because the freaking DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, who had been told to quit wandering around a scene that was currently being shot (duh), had been standing around, gaping at the lights in the background…again.

      Second, let the first person who can honestly say the following about themselves cast the first stone: a. I work very hard at my job and care deeply about the final project. b. I’m a perfectionist and hate to see something that I worked hard on be made to look stupid. c. I have ever, in the course of my career, worked with one of those lazy inconsiderate nitwits who just go dancing through the workday, blissfully unaware of how much their inability to give a crap about any part of their job description affects others, and d. I have never, ever, lost my temper on one of those nitwits when their shiftless, lazy ways caused my work to look shoddy.

      In the third place, he owned it like a man. Some actors would just retreat to their lofty palaces, bask in the fact that other actors defended them, and wait for it to blow over.

      In the fourth place, this is like the first time Bale was outted for asshole behavior. No, his mom & sister don’t count–they legitimately went to far in trying to control his marriage. He doesn’t seem treat his fans like dirt or bitch and moan about how hard life is for the rich and famous, which is the first sign of a Hollywood asshole, to me.

      In the fifth place, Bale is a legitimately good, hardworking actor who still cares about the quality of his work. That is refreshing…so many of them get famous, get rich, and then phone it in from that point on. Not him. If the fact that he still excels at movies, instead of not giving a crap about the effect that his shitty performance will have on some multi-million dollar project, power to him. Maybe the idiot director of photography should care so much.

    • Thiajoka says:

      I absolutely agree with you. It was a strong over-reaction to someone else’s lack of professionalism is how I took it. He lost it, but not without provocation.

      He does a lot of private charity stuff and picks good roles for the most part. Other than this incident of the supposed tantrum and the mother/sister thing from several years back which seemed to be based on two family members not close to him trying to shake him down, he’s actually led a fairly dull Hollywood life.

  32. The Original Mia says:

    Joe Manjello? No. A thousand times no.

    Richard Armitage: Yes! But he wouldn’t do it. Not after finishing up The Hobbit. He’ll go back to UK and do theater.

    Ryan Gosling? I’m not a fan. I guess he could do it.

    Matthew Goode: He could do it. Wasn’t impressed with Watchman, but after Stroker…I’m convinced.

    Wes Bentley & Karl Urban would be perfect too.

  33. Alexandria says:

    I want to sit on Joe manganiello’s face.

  34. Shannon says:

    JOE all the way!!! I love him so much. I would actually get into Batman again if he were to play him.

  35. Romy says:

    I just thought of someone.What about Mathew Bomer from Magic Mike and White Collar???Perfect!

  36. Christina says:

    I think when they cast this they really need to come from the angle of , “Who can play Bruce Wayne?”. Anyone with a decent body can play Batman. He wears a mask, rarely speaks and most of the major stuff is or can be done my stuntmen. Bruce Wayne is where the acting comes in. I like Joe M as a werewolf and he definitely has the body to play a superhero, but I am not sure about the acting chops either. Bale kind of ruined this for whoever comes next. He is a great actor and brought Bruce Wayne to life. If they go with an older Batman like in Frank Millers “The Dark Knight Returns”, then Josh Brolin would actually be quite perfect. He is just handsome enough and he is a really good actor. Jim Caveziel would also be good for an older Bats. I think the problem will lie if they go with a younger Batman. There are a lot of those pretty faced CW type guys out there, but can they really bring depth to Bruce Wayne? Bruce Wayne is a tortured soul and needs someone who can pull that off.

    • Side-Eye says:

      Upon closer consideration, I guess Josh Brolin is a decent choice but…gah! I know I’m not supposed to do this, but every actor they’re throwing out there I’m comparing to Bale. I like a lot of these actors,(Richard Armitage, Brolin, Goode, even Gosling) but none of them screams the “Dark Knight.” I’m a really huge fan of Batman, so this kind of stuff is really important to me, and I can get really passionate about the choices,lol. I’ve been craving a Batman/Superman movie for the longest time, and if they ruin my dreams and don’t get this right…..

    • Jade says:

      I concur, Bale ruined others trying to be Bruce Wayne after him. He was perfection. I do look forward to seeing which actor can step up to this since it’s likely there will be many more Batman franchises. To add, as always, I love you Bale.

      Joe Makajjdjdjdkdj? I dunno man, it’s like he’s going to be the second George Clooney in the suit! With bigger nipples.

      Jim Caviezel sounds good. Now I’m just going to throw Jake Gyllenhaal in for fun.

  37. AKA says:

    But wouldn’t it be awkward casting Josh Brolin. You know considering that Diane Lane portrays Superman’s mother. There might be some awful memes out there.

  38. Talie says:

    I know people are hating on Joe, but I’m pretty sure Zack Snyder confirmed that he was a serious contender for Superman.

  39. bullpin says:

    Idris Elba as Batman. If Eartha Kitt can be Catwoman….I’m just saying!

  40. Janet says:

    What about Eric Bana? He’s tall, is in his 40′s and he can act.

  41. user00005 says:

    Joe Manganiello is not an actor, he is a bimbo with a good set of man-tits.

    Josh Brolin? He is a moron, and a rumored wife-beater. And about 100000 years old. He’ll be too old to play the role for the sequel. Will he be the Batman for only one film before they recast the role? lol

    btw, why does he have to be in every other film? It’s him and Mark Wahlberg crowding the marquee every year, doing one mediocre movie after the other.

    Ryan Gosling will not reduce himself to a Batman film, because he is such an ‘artiste’. The pretentiousness and self-involvement is strong w/ that one.

  42. Kelly says:

    Could Hollywood please have a new idea for a change? Do we really need another superhero movie?

  43. Raquel says:

    Oh, lord, please not Ryan Gossling. I’m not a Gossling hater, and I do believe that he is a seriously talented actor. At the same time, I find him grossly overhyped in looks and talent, and oversaturated to boot (he gets cast in everything). On top of it all, as the writer said, he’s just too pretty boy to pull Batman off convincingly in a modern superhero flick, at least to me. Wouldn’t be buyable, at all. Ditto for Channing Tatum.

    My honest opinion–if they couldn’t get Bale, they should sack the Batman/Superman package deal, make a few great Superman films, and wait until Bale either agrees to reprise or enough time has passed between the Nolan trilogy and the current project.

  44. Lemony says:

    Like most posters, I don’t really like this list, and part of it is probably because I’m having a hard time picturing another actor playing Batman so soon after Bale.
    Also, can you you count me in for adding Richard Armitage to the Celebitchy Biscuit Tinglers List? He is perfection!

    • Miss M says:

      @Lemony@Cristina and everyone who said that. I can only see Bale playing Batman. That’s it.

      From this ridiculous list I would pick Armitage and Max Martini because both a hot and good actors, but I don’t see them as Batman at all. Gosling could pull off the tormented soul, but as a total package I see him being Robin and not Batman.

      Kudos to whoever brought up Garrett Hedlund and Karl Urban, I am fine with them!

  45. Shannon says:

    Oh for the love of GOD just bring back Michael Keaton!!! I can’t with this sh*t.

  46. Dizzybenny says:

    Christopher Walken, how awesome would that be.
    cmon on close your eyes imagine Walken in the Batman suit talkin to Superman”hey KRRRYpton son….get out of MY way, or I WILL use ……….M-y utLIty BElt……to kick you aSSS”
    so cool lol!!

  47. amilu says:

    From oldest to newest, I just can’t muster any interest in Batman movies. I thought the Nolan installments were so overrated.

    That said, I’d choose Richard Armitage from the “official” list and concur that Wes Bentley would be perfect. I’m so glad he’s gotten clean and is working regularly again.

    I can’t wait to see him (Bentley) in Pioneer with Aksel Hennie! (trailer — http://themoviebox.net/3244)

  48. Meggin says:

    I will never understand why girls go so crazy for Ryan Gosling. I’ve seen better looking guys randomly walking around Walmart. Maybe it’s just me! I don’t see it.

  49. Chalkdustgirl says:

    Richard Armitage is HAWT

  50. Halicon says:

    no not Josh Brolin and his T-Rex arms

    my vote is for Richard Armitage

  51. Kath says:

    Just putting this out there… Why does the world even NEED another Batman? Is Hollywood capable of generating a single original idea? The entire industry seems to be geared towards 15 year old boys who like to see things go “boom”.

    I’m not that old (mid-30s).. yet I cannot remember a single picosecond of my life where there hasn’t been a new Batman, Spiderman or Superman movie in development.

    Batman-Spiderman-Superman-Batman- Spiderman-Superman-Batman-Spiderman-Superman-Batman-Spiderman-Superman-Batman-Spiderman-Superman-Batman- Spiderman-Superman-Batman-Spiderman-Superman-Batman-Spiderman-Superman-Batman-Spiderman-Superman-Batman- Spiderman-Superman…

    Give it a rest already!

    I’m perfectly capable of enjoying popcorn movies (including Iron Man, Thor and the Avengers), but it helps if I haven’t seen a dozen other actors play the same part EVERY FRIGGIN’ YEAR since the dawn of time!

  52. Anna says:

    If they go for an older Batman as the articlr suggests then i think Brolin and Caviezel are grest choicex.
    If they wsnt something closer to Henry’s age my vote goes to Michael Fassbender.
    If they want a younger Batman,which os as unlikely as Fassbenser,i would love to see Rochard Madden.

  53. Oscar Mal says:

    Joe Manganiello can’t act at a level where he can pull off sharing the lead in a major motion picture.

    Yes, he went to Carnegie Mellon and studied acting. He was admitted based on his potential when he was 19 years old. He’s 36 now is probably no better than he was then. By the way, he didn’t get in the first time he tried, which tells me he got in through persistence more than through ability.

    It’s worth noting that EVERYONE knows he studied acting at Carnegie Mellon. He mentions that EVERYWHERE: interviews, press releases, Twitter profile, Facebook, IMDB… He puts that out there because it’s the only way anyone will believe he’s a real actor and not just some guy who was chosen to act based on his looks. You don’t see any other good actors doing that short of thing.

    Yes, the writing is uneven at best on True Blood. Somehow, though, the other actors on the show appear more convincing and capable of delivering their bad lines in a believable way.